Vicky’s Recent Stories
Science Mar 15This new ‘army’ of spiders is named after Star Wars stormtroopers
They wouldn’t survive the deserts of Tatooine or the frigid planet Hoth, but these newly described, tarantula-like spiders are named after the stormtroopers who marched through the “Star Wars” movies.
Science Feb 28If this space study is right, humans have never left Earth’s atmosphere
A new study redefines the boundaries of our planet.
Science Feb 06How to teach a honeybee to do math
Despite their “miniature brains,” honeybees can harness both long-term rules and short-term memory in order to solve math problems.
Science Jan 31Why the northern and southern lights don’t always look identical
On a clear night, people near the poles might see colorful light wafting across the sky. New research could explain why these auroras don't look the same to everyone .
Science Jan 24How conservative ‘supersharers’ drove fake news in the 2016 election
Silver lining: That means most people were not being inundated with fake news.
Science Jan 18WATCH: 2019’s only total lunar eclipse
The eclipse began Sunday night, Jan. 20. You don't need to call it a ‘super blood wolf moon.'…
Science Jan 16300 million years ago, our ancestors walked tall. This robot shows you how
The fictional Sherlock Holmes could read footprints — in soil, snow, carpet, dust and even blood. Researchers today are similarly using tracks caught in stone — plus a robot — to recreate a creature that lived 300 million years ago.
Science Jan 10Why these sea slugs look so much like David Bowie
By drawing comparisons between sea slugs and Ziggy Stardust, the Bowiebranchia blog exposes the wild, beautiful and competitive evolution of both.
Science Jan 09Why we still need paper maps
"Maps can take you places that you wouldn’t think to go," said Betsy Mason, coauthor of the book "All Over the Map: A Cartographic Odyssey."…
Politics Jan 04The many ways the shutdown is stopping vital services and research
As the shutdown enters a possible third week, it is furthering straining thousands of furloughed federal workers who have gone without pay.