Angie McPherson

Peeling back the wallpaper on Wes Anderson’s sets and locations. Wes Anderson’s latest movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is a fictional murder-mystery-adventure-love story set in a sumptuous pink Eastern European hotel on the eve of World War II. Unfortunately for moviegoers who’d like to visit, the Grand Budapest Hotel doesn’t actually exist. It’s a miniature…

Human Journey

Peeling back the wallpaper on Wes Anderson’s sets and locations. Wes Anderson’s latest movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is a fictional murder-mystery-adventure-love story set in a sumptuous pink Eastern European hotel on the eve of World War II. Unfortunately for moviegoers who’d like to visit, the Grand Budapest Hotel doesn’t actually exist. It’s a miniature…

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When it rains, it pours—and to escape the deluge, some ants build floating rafts. Though scientists already knew about this strategy, little was known about the insects’ decisions behind their raft-building process. Now a study published February 19 in PLOS ONE shows that flood ants (Formica selysi) that live in the floodplains of Switzerland work together to protect…

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When it rains, it pours—and to escape the deluge, some ants build floating rafts. Though scientists already knew about this strategy, little was known about the insects’ decisions behind their raft-building process. Now a study published February 19 in PLOS ONE shows that flood ants (Formica selysi) that live in the floodplains of Switzerland work together to protect…

Wildlife

Finding true love is difficult no matter what species you were born into—but at least humans don’t have to worry about being eaten on a first date. Black widow spider and scorpion females famously kill and sometimes eat males after sex. Of course, not all animal courtship is risky or dominated by females, “but in the science…

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The future for sea animals looks pretty grim. And, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), it will only get worse unless action is taken to conserve sharks and rays. A new global study released this week predicts that a quarter of chondrichthyan fishes—sharks, rays, and chimaeras—are threatened with extinction. The study,…

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