Nature


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Found mostly in the open prairies of North America and some remote regions of Northern Europe, snow doughnuts or snow rollers might look like icy man-made structures, but these tyre-shaped curiosities are entirely natural.   They’re very rarely seen because the number of weather conditions that need to be just right for them to form
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Most people of Eurasian descent have some DNA from Neanderthals, our close relatives, strong in brow and nose. Some Homo sapiens bred with Neanderthals or other species, such as the Denisovans, who likewise shuffled their genes among ours.   The concept of species might suggest easily sorted groups, but nature is messy. Species can mingle and weave and engulf one another. We
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It’s official: the bomb cyclone is back. The winter storm that the Weather Channel has dubbed “Riley” has been undergoing the rapid intensification process called “bombogenesis,” which means its central pressure is dropping quickly (an indicator of a storm’s strength).   In this case, the nor’easter still appears to be intensifying, but the central surface pressure of the storm system has already
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The horrifying relationship between a parasitic fungus and its host has just been examined in close detail, and it reveals once again just how brutal nature can be. Scientists now know in gruesome detail exactly how the fungus Massospora cicadina infects so many cicadas, before going on to hijack their behaviour and explode out of their abdomens,
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The world’s deadliest animal isn’t a shark or even a human. Drawing from a graphic from Bill Gates’ blog, we decided to rank the world’s deadliest animals. Most of the deaths caused by animals, it turns out, have less to do with the animals themselves than the diseases they unwittingly transmit.   Note that some numbers are