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E. Coli Bacteria Made This Image of the Mona Lisa E. Coli Bacteria Made This Image of the Mona Lisa

Scientists created this picture of the Mona Lisa using genetically modified E. coli bacteria. Such teeny little artists!

Beetle Trapped in 99-Million-Year-Old Amber Was an Early Pollinator  Beetle Trapped in 99-Million-Year-Old Amber Was an Early Pollinator 

Amber fossils containing bugs are nothing new, but the discovery of a beautifully preserved Cretaceous Period beetle with bits of pollen still around it is changing what we know about the planet’s earliest pollinating insects.

Facebook Got Mad at Us, Samsung Note 9, and Ajit Pai: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week Facebook Got Mad at Us, Samsung Note 9, and Ajit Pai: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

First, the bad news: Sunday is the anniversary of the disastrous white supremacist Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that culminated in a neo-Nazi car attack that killed local woman Heather Heyer and wounded scores of others, as well as resulted in the deaths of two police officers. The organizer of…

The World’s Fastest Creature Is Not What You Think

When it comes to naming the world’s fastest creature, it’s tempting to think of peregrine falcons, cheetahs, or marlins, but as researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology are apt to point out, we mustn’t forget Spirostomum ambiguum—a worm-like creature that reaches breakneck speeds through rapid shrinkage.

Black Widow Spiders Are Spreading Farther North Than Ever Before Black Widow Spiders Are Spreading Farther North Than Ever Before

Using photos snapped by citizen scientists, Canadian researchers have documented the northerly spread of black widows into regions not typically known to host these spiders, whose bites can cause severe pain.

Here's How an Absurd Primate Ended Up With Squirrel Teeth Here's How an Absurd Primate Ended Up With Squirrel Teeth

The aye-aye is about as ridiculous looking as a primate can get: beady yellow eyes, bat-like ears, and hands like horrible spiders. But perhaps its most interesting feature is its teeth.

These Australian Birds Learn About Danger by Listening to Their Friends These Australian Birds Learn About Danger by Listening to Their Friends

If you heard a bear roar for the first time but didn’t see the snarling beast, what would you think? Would you be scared? Maybe, but maybe not—the forest is full of strange noises. But what if, at the same time, one of your friends said, “Holy shit, I know all about that clawed monster and we need to get in the car”?

How Does Your Self-Control Fare Against Great Tits'? How Does Your Self-Control Fare Against Great Tits'?

Great tits appear to have nearly as much self-control as chimpanzees, if a new experiment’s results are accurate. They might even have more self-control than the humans who still make jokes about the name “great tit.”

The 'Scutoid' Is Geometry's Newest Shape, and It Could Be All Over Your Body The 'Scutoid' Is Geometry's Newest Shape, and It Could Be All Over Your Body

Scientists have just defined a new shape called the scutoid (SCOO-toid) while studying epithelial cells, the building blocks of embryos that eventually end up forming our skin and lining our organs and blood vessels. They think the scutoid shape is extremely efficient at keeping cells tightly-packed and organized in…

The Monkey That Inspired The Lorax Is Losing Its Trees The Monkey That Inspired The Lorax Is Losing Its Trees

In 1971, Theodor Geisel, writing as “Dr. Seuss”, introduced readers to the Lorax, a grouchy, orange, mustachioed advocate for a habitat being destroyed by the Once-ler and his relatives in their quest for Thneed market saturation. The story has taught generations of schoolchildren that animals and plants depend on one…

Whale Sharks Can Live 130 Years, New Study Estimates Whale Sharks Can Live 130 Years, New Study Estimates

The world’s biggest fish is the mysterious whale shark, which can grow as heavy as 40,000 pounds and as large as 60 feet, though most top out a few feet and pounds smaller than that. It also appears these behemoths can live to be 130 years old, new observations and modeling have shown.

Experts Say Recent ‘Alien’ Mummy Study Was Deeply Flawed and Unethical Experts Say Recent ‘Alien’ Mummy Study Was Deeply Flawed and Unethical

Earlier this year, scientists from Stanford University concluded that a strange skeleton known as the Atacama Mummy belonged to a human girl whose physical malformations were the result of several severe genetic mutations. A team of international experts is now questioning these findings, and accusing the scientists…

Baby Snake That Lived Among Dinosaurs Found Preserved in Amber Baby Snake That Lived Among Dinosaurs Found Preserved in Amber

Scientists working in Myanmar have uncovered a nearly 100-million-year-old baby snake encased in amber. Dating back to the Late Cretaceous, it’s the oldest known baby snake in the fossil record, and the first snake known to have lived in a forested environment.

Adorable New Shark Species Named After Trailblazing Marine Biologist Eugenie Clark Adorable New Shark Species Named After Trailblazing Marine Biologist Eugenie Clark

Say hello to Squalus clarkae, otherwise known as Genie’s dogfish. This newly identified species of deepwater shark was named in honor of Eugenie Clark, a scientific pioneer who influenced an entire generation of marine biologists.

Fur, Feathers, Hair, and Scales May Have the Same Ancient Origin Fur, Feathers, Hair, and Scales May Have the Same Ancient Origin

New research shows that the processes involved in hair, fur, and feather growth are remarkably similar to the way scales grow on fish—a finding that points to a single, ancient origin of these protective coverings.

Scientist Loses Distinguished Award After Acceptance Presentation Full of Racy Photos Scientist Loses Distinguished Award After Acceptance Presentation Full of Racy Photos

The Herpetologists’ League rescinded its annual Distinguished Herpetologist award after winner Dick Vogt showed racy photos during his acceptance address.

Crows Are Officially More Badass Than Ravens, Citizen Scientists Report Crows Are Officially More Badass Than Ravens, Citizen Scientists Report

Crows and ravens are hard to tell apart, but basically, the common raven is bigger than the American and Northwestern crow. So, you might think that ravens would win in a fight. But that doesn’t seem to be the case.

A Tit, an Owl, and Some Parakeets: Winning Pics From the 2018 Audubon Photography Awards A Tit, an Owl, and Some Parakeets: Winning Pics From the 2018 Audubon Photography Awards

Photographing wildlife takes a special combination of patience and talent. Birds make the task even more difficult, since they are experts at flying away and disappearing into tall trees.

New Translucent Spider Discovered Living in Muddy Indiana Cave New Translucent Spider Discovered Living in Muddy Indiana Cave

Scientists have discovered a new species of sheet-weaving spider, and it only dwells in one cave in southern Indiana. As its name suggests, this spider spins flat, tightly-woven, horizontal webs. There are thousands of species of sheet-weavers, and you’ve probably walked through one of their webs by accident some…

Neat Experiment Suggests Crows Are Even Better Toolmakers Than We Thought Neat Experiment Suggests Crows Are Even Better Toolmakers Than We Thought

New research shows that crows can recreate tools from memory, a capacity previously thought impossible for birds.

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