Danielle Elliot

Devil Rays Are Shockingly Fast and Deep Divers

The Chilean devil ray is one heck of a swimmer—the fish make surprisingly fast and deep dives into the Atlantic Ocean, a new study says. When scientists first put satellite tags on, they expected the devil rays to stay ...

Road Salt Creating Beefier Butterflies

Road salt used to clear snow-covered roads in the United States is creating beefier monarch butterflies, a new study says. When snow melts, road salt runs into nearby soil and into the roots of common plants, which are in turn ...

“Remarkable” New Salamander Disguises Itself as a Baby

A newfound species of lungless salamander from Arkansas seems to be sipping from a fountain of youth. From the outside, the recently discovered Ouachita streambed salamander (Eurycea subfluvicola) looks like the larval form of a related species, the many-ribbed salamander (...

Cockroaches Dined on Dinosaur Poop

Who can forget the “dino droppings … droppings?” scene of the 1993 blockbuster hit, Jurassic Park—the one where actor Jeff Goldblum walks up to a huge pile of dung left by a sick triceratops? It’s memorable, all right, but there’...

Cockroaches Dined on Dinosaur Poop

Who can forget the “dino droppings … droppings?” scene of the 1993 blockbuster hit, Jurassic Park—the one where actor Jeff Goldblum walks up to a huge pile of dung left by a sick triceratops? It’s memorable, all right, but there’...

Hello, Neighbor: Emus Take Over Australian Town

Shopkeepers in any downtown area love foot traffic, right? It’s the key to business. But what if that traffic isn’t full of potential shoppers. What if, instead, it’s a flock of large birds strutting their stuff down ...

Hello, Neighbor: Emus Take Over Australian Town

Shopkeepers in any downtown area love foot traffic, right? It’s the key to business. But what if that traffic isn’t full of potential shoppers. What if, instead, it’s a flock of large birds strutting their stuff down ...

Elvis the Dog Sniffs Out Pregnant Polar Bears

For polar bear pregnancy tests, it’s all about the poop. Elvis the beagle is helping zoos around the country figure out if their polar bears are pregnant, and he gets it right 97 percent of the time. But Elvis has ...

Elvis the Dog Sniffs Out Pregnant Polar Bears

For polar bear pregnancy tests, it’s all about the poop. Elvis the beagle is helping zoos around the country figure out if their polar bears are pregnant, and he gets it right 97 percent of the time. But Elvis has ...

How to Put a Camera on a 1,000-Pound Bison

Ever wondered what a bison’s beard tastes like? Marine biologist and filmmaker Greg Marshall was lucky—or not so lucky—enough to find out recently. Marshall got a mouthful of the thick, coarse hair while downwind of a fellow ...

How to Put a Camera on a 1,000-Pound Bison

Ever wondered what a bison’s beard tastes like? Marine biologist and filmmaker Greg Marshall was lucky—or not so lucky—enough to find out recently. Marshall got a mouthful of the thick, coarse hair while downwind of a fellow ...

How to Put a Camera on a 1,000-Pound Bison

Ever wondered what a bison’s beard tastes like? Marine biologist and filmmaker Greg Marshall was lucky—or not so lucky—enough to find out recently. Marshall got a mouthful of the thick, coarse hair while downwind of a fellow ...

Battle-Ready: 5 Insects Prepared for War

Last week we learned about an insect that can leap up to three feet (almost a meter) in a single bound. The planthopper (Issus coleoptratus), a common garden bug found all over the world, is able to take these giant ...

Battle-Ready: 5 Insects Prepared for War

Last week we learned about an insect that can leap up to three feet (almost a meter) in a single bound. The planthopper (Issus coleoptratus), a common garden bug found all over the world, is able to take these giant ...

Battle-Ready: 5 Insects Prepared for War

Last week we learned about an insect that can leap up to three feet (almost a meter) in a single bound. The planthopper (Issus coleoptratus), a common garden bug found all over the world, is able to take these giant ...