Stefan Sirucek

Bear Cub Mystery in NYC: Explaining Recent Black Bear News

Black bears have been making headlines lately in the eastern U.S.—but it’s not good news. This week, a young black bear was found dead in New York City’s Central Park. The six-month-old female had been likely ...

Fisherman Rescues Drowning Eagle: Explaining Viral Video

When Don Dunbar went fishing on September 8, a young bald eagle probably wasn’t the catch he had in mind. But that’s what he got as he encountered the waterlogged raptor floundering in the waters of Nanoose Bay (map) ...

What’s That Weird Purple Sea Creature? Explaining Viral Video

It may look like a billowing piece of garbage, but this odd-looking purple creature is actually a rare discovery that has scientists giddy with excitement. Scientists aboard the E/V Nautilus research vessel, led by Titanic discoverer and National Geographic ...

Mongoose Fends Off Lions: Explaining Viral Video

It’s not the size of the mongoose in the fight … Well, you know how the saying goes. A video making the rounds this week depicts a marsh mongoose tussling with a group of four African lions and, incredibly, coming ...

How Geckos Turn Their Stickiness On and Off

Nature is full of expert climbers, but perhaps none is more impressive than the gecko. Many of the small reptiles are known for sticky toes that allow them to crawl up sheer walls, hang from ceilings, and grip surfaces as ...

Watch: Very Rare Calico Lobster Caught in New Hampshire

You could call it a lucky catch: A fisher recently captured an extremely rare “calico” lobster in New Hampshire. Josiah Beringer found the 1.5-pound (0.6 kilogram) animal in one of his traps this week and donated it to the Explore the ...

Global Warming Boosting Reindeer on Norwegian Island—For Now

On the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard (map), reindeer are bucking the trend followed by other animals affected by global warming: The population of reindeer is growing—even thriving—according to new research. The findings are the latest in a 30...

How the “Disco Clam” Lights It Up Underwater

Nestled in cracks and crevices in coral reefs off the Indonesian coast, so-called disco clams are busy putting on a light show. But unlike many animals in the ocean that produce their own light, a new study finds that these ...

Dwarf Spiders’ “Chastity Belts” Explained

Reproduction is the engine of life—and some species go to greater lengths than others to ensure that their genetic material is passed on. For instance, male dwarf spiders take special measures to guarantee their paternity by inserting a “mating ...

Can Spider Venom Save the Honeybee?

Controlling pests is a constant challenge for farmers. Months of hard work can disappear in no time as insects munch their way across a planted field. Synthetic insecticides can beat back the swarms, but they also affect other creatures. A ...

Why Butterflies, Bees Drink Crocodile Tears

Last December, passengers on a boat trip down Costa Rica‘s Puerto Viejo River were treated to a strange sight: a butterfly and a bee drinking the tears from a crocodile’s eyes. The encounter between the insects, a Julia ...

Two New Snapping Turtle Species Named

The alligator snapping turtle, the biggest freshwater turtle in North America, is actually three species, according to a study that appeared April 9 in the journal Zootaxa. The prehistoric reptile is already known for its size—it weighs up to 200 pounds (90 ...

Ancient Daddy Longlegs Had Extra Set of Eyes

Harvestmen, familiarly known as daddy longlegs, once had an extra set of eyes, according to an analysis of a 305-million-year-old fossil from France. Though they share spiders’ eight-legged appearance and penchant for hanging out on bathroom ceilings, harvestmen are more ...

Why Is the Cold U.S. Winter Killing Off Stinkbugs?

Humans aren’t the only species bugging out from the polar vortex, the winter weather system that’s still menacing large swaths of the United States with bone-chilling temperatures.  Be glad you’re not an Asian stinkbug, which are dying ...