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Solids, Liquids, Gases, and Plasma

TL;DR: The relative abundance of the four states of matter shows us that many of the things that we're used to on Earth, like...

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The Basket Star

This incredible animal is the Basket Star. They live in the cold, deep ocean, and this one was found off South Africa. Prey like...

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Abronia

Abronia is a genus of dragon-like lizards from central America. They are known locally as the 'tree-scorpion' as they often defend themselves with an...

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The Resplendent quetzal

The Resplendent quetzal flies in the cloud forests of central America. It was venerated as the "god of the air" by the ancient Aztecs...

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The Dragonhead Caterpillar

In the jungle canopies of the Himalayas there is a relatively plan-looking brown and yellow butterfly whose larval stage is something incredible. It's the...

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Wikimedia Commons picture of the day for April 8

Picture of the day The Falcon 9 rocket on the launch pad of the Vandenberg Air Force Base on January 16, 2016, the day before...

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Solids, Liquids, Gases, and Plasma

TL;DR: The relative abundance of the four states of matter shows us that many of the things that we're used to on Earth, like...

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The Story of Carbon Dioxide

Imagine you're at the petrol station filling up your car, when a splash of petrol hits the ground. The last time these atoms saw the...

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Why String Theory Isn’t Confirmed

This article is being written live. To get an update when it's done, sign up for our email newsletter here. String theory is probably one...

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Where Our Atoms Came From (Part II)

Traveling across the Earth Once on Earth, your atoms began to cycle through the air, land, and water. At this point, it's hard to track exactly...

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What is Nuclear Waste?

TL;DR: It is a material whose atoms we have destabilised. Certain types will far outlive our species, and we currently have nowhere it put...

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The Resplendent quetzal

The Resplendent quetzal flies in the cloud forests of central America. It was venerated as the "god of the air" by the ancient Aztecs...

read more

Abronia

Abronia is a genus of dragon-like lizards from central America. They are known locally as the 'tree-scorpion' as they often defend themselves with an...

read more

The Basket Star

This incredible animal is the Basket Star. They live in the cold, deep ocean, and this one was found off South Africa. Prey like...

read more

The Dragonhead Caterpillar

In the jungle canopies of the Himalayas there is a relatively plan-looking brown and yellow butterfly whose larval stage is something incredible. It's the...

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The Sea Robin

This is an extremely strange fish called the Sea Robin. Apart being extremely vibrant and colourful, it has 6 spindly legs underneath its dorsal...

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Ben McCarthy

Discover Earth Founder

I’m an author with a lifelong passion for wonder, learning, and Big History. I left my corporate job and created a community for wonder and science called Discover Earth.

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