WEIRD NATURE

This Weirdly Geometric Iceberg Is Freaking Us Out

  George Dvorsky – Image: NASA/IceBridge. Well here’s something you don’t see everyday: an iceberg so unbelievably geometric in shape you’d think it was deliberately carved with a gigantic chainsaw. Scientists have documented this sort of thing before, but this latest ‘berg, which …

Fish-catching praying mantis surprises scientists

  Ben Coxworth – The fish-eating praying mantis chows down on its catch (Credit: Rajesh Puttaswamaiah). Praying mantises may not actually pray, but they do prey heavily on their fellow insects, along with other small land animals. Now, however, for the first time, …

Trees That Refuse To Die!

Trees have been around for about a million years, and as you can see from these incredible pictures, there’s a good reason why they’ve survived for so long. Whether they’re growing in the middle of gale-force winds, on the tops of rocky platforms, …

Getting serious about plant intelligence

by Robby Berman – Plants learn and remember (Pakorn worasang/immfocus studio/Big Think) Monica Gagliano studies learning and memory in plants. She’s an “evolutionary ecologist” who performs behavioral experiments on plants that are adapted from studies of animal intelligence. Her work has convinced her …