Alyson Foster

A New Trick Discovered in Spiders’ Webs

If you’re like most people you probably find cobwebs to be a nuisance – something to brush off or wipe away with a dust rag while cleaning house.  But it turns out that these messy webs are actually small feats ...

Scientists Discover New Super-Magnetic Star

  A newly discovered star with an extremely strong magnetic field has caught the attention of scientists.  Located about 20,000 light-years from Earth, NGC1624-2 is the most magnetic massive star discovered by astronomers to date. NGC1624-2 has about 35 times ...

High-Speed Spider Ambush Caught on Film

  How do you film a net-casting spider catching its prey?  Strap on your hiking boots, trek out into the the middle of the woods, get your camera ready, wait a long time, and then . . . don’t blink. A crew ...

Kiyoshi Sakamoto: Portrait of a Photographer

  On March 8, 1918, National Geographic editor, Gilbert Grosvenor received a letter from Arthur Hosking regarding several photographs the Society had recently purchased.  Hosking was handling the transaction for the photographer, a Japanese schoolteacher named Kiyoshi Sakamoto, and he thought Sakamoto ...

Hot Enough For You? Here’s Why

  For Americans who are sweating it out around the country, the news won’t come as much of a surprise:  the first five months of 2012 have been the hottest on record in the continental United States.  This past June 164 ...

Being Lonely May Be A Hazard To Your Health

Being alone doesn’t just feel bad.  It’s bad for you — especially if you’re older.  This is the conclusion of two recent studies that examined the link between feelings of loneliness the risk of mortality.  In one study, ...

Tiny Libraries Give Readers a New Way to “Read Locally”

  Libraries have always been based on the idea of “reuse and recycle”, but a community in Wisconsin has taken the idea to a whole new level — a tiny one!  Now, more than 300 “Little Free Libraries” have popped up around ...

Hawaii Named Happiest State in New Poll

  Life getting you down?  Maybe it’s time to go to Hawaii.  According to the results of a recent poll by Gallup, Hawaii’s residents are the happiest people in the United States.  North Dakota took second place, demonstrating ...

Simple Names Are Better When It Comes To Getting Ahead

  Kids learn early on that an unusual name can be a serious liability, one with the power to make you the butt of jokes on the playground or in the school lunchroom.  But it turns out that what your ...

Scientists Study the Mystery of the Dung Beetle “Dance”

    The dung beetle is an intriguing insect for more than one reason, but scientists have been particularly mystified by the “dance” the beetles perform while atop their balls of dung.  In a recent study, a group of researchers ...