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Aristotle's Lantern

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Evaggelos Vallianatos

There's both human perfection and almost divine insight in the work of Aristotle. No other scholar or scientist approaches the genius of Aristotle.

WATCH: Ben Dolnick Dishes On His 'Pretty Plotty' New Novel

Posted 09.27.2013 | Books

Author Ben Dolnick's new novel "At the Bottom of Everything" is generating buzz and praise for its sophisticated take on the complications of friendsh...

Rogue Researcher Fights To Retain Crucial Permit

natureheader | Karen Ravn | Posted 08.29.2013 | Science

It’s safe to say that wildlife biologist Lynn Rogers gets along better with the black bears in Minnesota than with the humans in the state’s Depar...

EXPLAINED: Why 'Lefty' Snails Are So Rare

| Posted 05.27.2013 | Science

By Jennifer Carpenter GUELPH, CANADA—When plucking a snail from the beach you'd be lucky to snag a left-coiling shell. That's because only 5% of al...

REVEALED: Why Penguins Stopped Flying

Posted 05.22.2013 | Science

By: Megan Gannon, News Editor Published: 05/21/2013 04:14 PM EDT on LiveScience Humans spent centuries conspiring to fly, so it might be hard to i...

WATCH: Sea Creature Deploys Icky Defense

| Posted 03.28.2013 | Science

By Matt Soniak Sea hares don't look like they can put up much of a fight, but these bunny-eared slug cousins can really knock you senseless. When di...

Bees Have 'Sixth Sense' For Buzzing, Study Suggests

| Posted 03.28.2013 | Science

By Sid Perkins The electric fields that build up on honey bees as they fly, flutter their wings, or rub body parts together may allow the insects to...

POLL: Should Scientists Revive Extinct Creatures?

Posted 03.25.2013 | Science

By: Megan Gannon, News Editor Published: 03/15/2013 05:22 PM EDT on LiveScience Biologists briefly brought the extinct Pyrenean ibex back to life i...

WATCH: Largest Amphibian's Terrifying Talent

| Posted 03.09.2013 | Science

By Traci Watson The giant salamander (Andrias davidianus) isn't just the world's largest amphibian. A new study shows the animal, which can reach 50...

LISTEN: This Is What Ants Sound Like

| Posted 02.11.2013 | Science

By Carrie Arnold If you want to survive as an ant, you'd better get ready to make some noise. A new study shows that even ant pupae—a stage betw...

Is THIS The Common Ancestor Of All Mammals?

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 04.09.2013 | Science

WASHINGTON — New research pinpoints how the torch passed from one dominant creature on Earth to another, from the brutish dinosaur to the crafty...

Mystery Of Sea Lions' Deep Dives Explained

| Posted 09.20.2012 | Science

by Brian Switek California sea lions are champion deep-divers, withstanding descents more than 300 meters deep. Now, a female California sea lion ...

WATCH: Desperate Squid Makes Big Sacrifice To Escape Danger

| Posted 08.01.2012 | Science

By Amy West Many deep-sea squid dispel an ink cloud to flee a predator, but one species goes a step farther: It ensures a getaway by counterattackin...

Fish Lures Mates With Clever Trick

| Posted 09.14.2012 | Science

By Gisela Telis The way to a woman's heart is through her stomach--at least for the swordtail characin. When a male of this tropical freshwater sp...

Bloodthirsty Parasite Named After Legendary Musician

Posted 07.11.2012 | Science

By: Jeanna Bryner, LiveScience Managing Editor Published: 07/10/2012 01:49 PM EDT on LiveScience The late Jamaican musician Bob Marley has joine...

Scientists Solve Mystery Of Cat's Spectacular Speed

Posted 06.21.2012 | Science

By: Jennifer Welsh, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 06/21/2012 08:07 AM EDT on LiveScience Cheetahs and greyhounds have very similar running...

Island's Peculiar Plan to Kill Out-Of-Control Species

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 05.13.2012 | Science

Brown tree snakes in Guam have wildlife officials there seeing red. That's why the officials are air-dropping poisoned mice as a lethal treat for the ...

Rodent Study Yields Surprise About 'Success' Of Rats, Mice

Posted 04.29.2012 | Science

By: Wynne Parry, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 04/27/2012 05:21 PM EDT on LiveScience Rats and their close relatives, including mice, make ...

Soldier Bugs Use Chemical Warfare, 'Death Squeeze' To Defend Colony

Posted 04.11.2012 | Science

By: Jennifer Welsh, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 04/10/2012 07:18 PM EDT on LiveScience The insects often called thunderbugs include sold...

'Drug'-Using Bugs Use Surprising Substance To Fight Infection

Posted 04.02.2012 | Science

By: Jennifer Welsh, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 03/31/2012 09:09 AM EDT on LiveScience When they get sick, bees raid their own "medicine...

Giant Squid's Basketball-Sized Eyes Serve Life-Saving Function

Posted 03.16.2012 | Science

Giant squid have the largest eyes on Earth, about the size of a basketball—but why do they need such big peepers? So they can see a sperm whale in t...

LISTEN: Macho Penguin's 'In Your Face' Call Sounds Almost Human

| Jane J. Lee | Posted 03.16.2012 | Science

Like a football player who just scored a touchdown, male white-flippered penguins (Eudyptula minor albosignata) perform triumph displays after defeati...

Bee Study Showing Bugs' 'Personalities' Has Biologists Buzzing

Posted 03.09.2012 | Science

By: Jennifer Welsh, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 03/08/2012 02:09 PM EST on LiveScience Like humans and other vertebrates, some bees are ...

Hollywood Director Plans Risky Plunge To Deep Ocean Floor

Posted 05.09.2012 | Science

By: Andrea Mustain Published: 03/08/2012 10:31 AM EST on OurAmazingPlanet Filmmaker and explorer James Cameron has unveiled plans to visit the d...

Woolly Mammoth Extinction Gets Surprising New Explanation

| Posted 03.06.2012 | Science

The past few tens of millennia were hard times for the "megafauna" of the world. Hundreds of big-bodied species—from the mammoths of North America t...