You probably already know male black widow spiders are risking their lives when they go courting—but it’s actually worse than that. They face tough competition for the “honor” of mating. Once a virgin black widow female puts up a pheromone-laden mating web, males run in from all around to try their luck.
Insects with nightmarish spiky penises that can harm their mates are really nothing new. But a new study in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology has determined that given the right conditions, wielding a nightmarish spiky penis could also harm a different species.
Science fairs require more parental help and involvement than ever before, writes Hana Schank in The Atlantic. Filled with tales from the front lines, including the author's, the piece also explains the pros and cons of keeping this classroom tradition going.
Biting into a rotten piece of fruit or meat is a thoroughly unpleasant experience. According to a 40-year-old theory, it's because microbes have evolved to taste disgusting as a way to fend off competitors — namely you. But proving this theory has been difficult, until now.
The black mastiff bat (Molossus rufus) grows to be about 30 grams, but these little guys are just embryos, their bodies hairless, their eyes closed, and playing inadvertent tribute to two of the three wise monkeys.
When you're looking at the world through a microscope, appearances can be deceptive. Vegetables look like minerals, and tiny creatures look like alien invaders. Just check out the incredibly gorgeous winners of this year's Nikon Small World microphotography competition.
What can hover in mid-air, land on air or water, carry 50 survivors, have a thousand-mile range, hit 345 mph, and even put out fires? The winner of a NASA contest for college-student engineers.
This dazzling image looks like an orange sun blazing in an alien sky, but it's actually a micrograph of in-vitro fertilization, showing the moment at which the sperm penetrates the egg's membrane. It's just one of many award-winning science images.
Each year, Nikon holds its Small World Photomicrography Competition, showcasing the wonders of a world we can only see through a microscope. These finalists' photos offer unusual views on everything from rain on a butterfly's wing to fossilized dinosaur bones.
A new crop of competitors has arrived for the Zuda Competition, DC's monthly contest to find new and innovative comics talent. This month's frontrunners chronicle the exploration of a mysterious planet, and a sentient pumpkin patch out for revenge.
Inhabitat's ReBurbia Competition asks designers to envision the future of suburbia. The results include unusual forms of transportation, changing where and how we live, and repurposing highway medians and big-box stores. Check out the finalists looking to reinvent suburban living.
If you haven't seen the BBC television version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, then you need to get off your lazy duff and give it a whirl. It's extremely different from the movie version, and much closer to the novels and radio drama. Probably the best thing about it is the Guide itself, complete with…