Article, Science

Tape, Glue, and New Kakapo

Matt Soniak

When I wrote about the kakapo—a chubby, flightless parrot that looks like a parakeet crossed with an owl crossed with a Muppet—last year, a group of the birds had recently arrived at their new home on

Adorable Agoutis Have Good Reason to Go to Bed Early

Matt Soniak

For some animals, putting in extra hours can be deadly.

Darwin's Beetle, Lost and Found

Matt Soniak

What Spitting Cobras are Aiming For

Matt Soniak

Make most cobras angry, and they’ll bite you and inject the bite with a dose of venom.

"Parapsychologist" Finds Mental Disorders in the Dead

Matt Soniak

This is a little hard to report with a straight face, but it seems that some of the dead can’t rest in peace.

Ants Shape Their Bodies to the Jobs They Do

Matt Soniak

For ants and other social insects, form and function have strong ties.

The Mystery of the Sloth Poop

Matt Soniak

Three-toed sloths are just that: three-toed, and slothful.

This Caterpillar’s Stink Breath Keeps the Spiders Away

Matt Soniak

Bad breath usually won’t win you many friends, but at least it will keep your enemies at arm’s length, too.

8 DNA Sculptures from Around the World

Miss Cellania

Meet the World’s Only Known Venomous Crustacean

Matt Soniak

There are some 70,000 species of crustacean—the group that includes crabs, lobsters, shrimp and crayfish—in the world, and until very recently, none of them were known to be venomous.