Rhubarb: It Has a Sound, Even if it Doesn’t Sound Tasty

When it comes to rhubarb, few people are undecided. People either love its taste or they hate it. Voices on either side are so loud that they can easily drown out another sound: the sound of rhubarb growing. One method of growing rhubarb is called "forced growth." Using this method, farmers keep the rhubarb outdoors for up... Continue Reading →

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The Diet of the Stars

It's always a matter of interest when a big star finds a diet that works. If losing weight is your goal, you might want to find out the secret of the biggest star in the whole solar system: the sun. Due to the miracle of physics, our sun loses 4 million tons every single second.... Continue Reading →

Step Aside, Wolverine; Meet the Horror Frog

Imagine a creature that can extend its bones through its hands as deadly claws. No, it's not a rip-off of Marvel Comic's superhero Wolverine. We are talking about a true-to-life marvel of nature known as the horror frog. Found in Central Africa, the horror frog (Trichobatrachus robustus) is also known as the hairy frog or... Continue Reading →

The Seeds of Infertility

Bananas and corn have one thing in common: they can no longer reproduce in nature. Both beloved examples of yellow vegetation have become so domesticated that they cannot survive without assistance from humans.The banana you get from the supermarket, the Cavendish, is actually a seedless, impotent hybrid of two less-appetizing plant species. Farmers make it... Continue Reading →

A Fungus Among Us Is the Largest Living Thing On the Planet

When it comes to the holder of the title of "World's Largest Living Thing," it's a cinch that it must be the blue whale, right? Wrong. The actual holder of that title is likely a mushroom of the species Armillaria ostoyae in the Malheur National Forest in Oregon. It covers 2,200 acres and is between... Continue Reading →

Do You Think You Know the Tallest Mountain? You Are Probably Wrong

When asked to identify the tallest mountain on the planet, most people readily name Mount Everest. Most people are wrong. The holder of that particular honor is actually Mauna Kea, the tallest point on the island of Hawaii. Why do we think it is Mount Everest? The answer lies in terminology. When discussing how "tall"... Continue Reading →

Meet the Artist of the Underwater Crop Circles

Scientists were long baffled by the appearance of beautiful, intricate underwater artwork that resembled crop circles. These phenomena appeared up to 80 feet below sea level and can be up to six feet in diameter. The mystery was solved in 2012 when an underwater photographer captured the images of the puffer fish carefully carving the... Continue Reading →

A Look Inside the Subterreanean City Beneath Kansas City, Missouri

There is more to Kansas City, Missouri than what you see on the surface. In fact, 10% of its industrial real estate is underground. Situated atop vast limestone deposits, Kansas City was a prime location for underground development. One notable example is SubTropolis, the world’s largest underground business development. Dug into the Bethany Falls limestone mine,... Continue Reading →

Is it Bubble Gum? Is it Barbie? No, it’s Lake Hillier

If you are visiting Lake Hillier, at first glance you may think you have stumbled across a dumping site for a bubble gum factory. At second glance, you may think it is Barbie's swimming pool. In reality, you will have found one of nature's most amazing places: the Australian lake of pink waters. Discovered by... Continue Reading →

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