Octopus Mothers Mutilate and Cannibalize Themselves — And We Now Know Why

Does your mother dearest have a habit of reminding you how difficult parenthood is? Tell her what it’s like for an octopus mother and she just might stop. We’ve written quite a lot about strange and unusual reproductive habits animals engage in. But even in this crowd, the octopus takes things to a whole another …

Scallop Disco: Scientists Accidentally Find Groovy and Sustainable Fishing Method

There’s a disease spreading amongst scallops in the depths of the oceans. But this isn’t some deadly new virus or anything of the sort. It’s just an outbreak of disco fever. It turns out that scallops are attracted to flashing lights just as a ‘70s boogie fanatic is attracted to the disco ball. The discovery …

The Oddest Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Planet Earth: Part 2

Did you read The Oddest Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Planet Earth: Part One? Because this is part two, and a whole bunch of additional odd Earth facts. Two Moons The Earth once had two moons. Planetary scientologist Erik Asphaug along with postdoctoral researcher Martin Jutzi, at the University of California Santa Cruz, conducted …

People Get into More Car Crashes After Seeing Traffic Safety Signs, Study Finds

Paying attention to traffic is important for staying safe on the road, both for your sake and others’. But as we’re sure you know, some people could stand to be reminded of that fact. That’s why local authorities often put up traffic safety signs. You know, those big billboards that tell you to slow down, …

Fatal Fungus Threatens to Wipe Out Texan Crazy Ants — And That’s Good

Some fungi are delicious when cooked, but other are less nice. That’s especially a case with those that infest still-living creatures as parasites. For example, during last year’s Brood X cicada emergence, we reported about a psychedelic fungus that consumes cicadas’ butts. Now, a different kind of mushroom is targeting certain ants in Texas. The …