See Iceland Aglow in Volcanic Eruptions

[ad_1] Breaking more than seven months of calm, the peninsula of Reykjanes in western Iceland has once again burst into volcanic flames. After a swarm of earthquakes in late July and early August rocked the area, lava burst forth from the Fagradalsfjall volcano into...

Fantastic Sea Creatures Photographed Up Close and Personal

[ad_1] ANGEL, MONSTER When sea angels hunt, they transform into monsters. The free-swimming slugs, less than an inch long, store six jellylike “arms” known as buccal cones inside their heads (left). When they sense prey—for example, a nearby sea butterfly—muscles in...

See the Mysterious Sea Creatures that Only Come Up at Night

[ad_1] Every night at sundown, a great mass of mostly small sea creatures rises up from the depths into the topmost layers of the planet’s oceans. This daily vertical migration is the largest on Earth—an estimated 11 billion tons of animal biomass travels miles upward...

Hummingbirds Choose How Much to Chill Down

[ad_1] During their nightly energy-conserving cooldowns, hummingbirds may strategically adjust just how low their body temperatures go. These tiny powerhouses cool off by up to 37 degrees Celsius while roosting, entering a hibernationlike state called deep torpor....

Desert Plants’ Adaptations Help Them Thrive

[ad_1] Every April for the past decade, systems biologist Rodrigo Gutiérrez has driven 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) to reach one of the driest places on Earth: Chile’s Atacama Desert, parts of which receive less than three millimeters of rain annually. His team...