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World’s First Female “Penis” Found, in Cave-Dwelling Bugs

Four new species of cave insects in Brazil have sex-reversed genitalia, a “completely astonishing” discovery, scientists say.

Ancient Daddy Longlegs Had Extra Set of Eyes

The 305-million-year-old fossil may reveal secrets about the evolution of spider eyes, new study says.

March 30, 2014: Skiing Everest, Search for Michael Rockefeller, Violent Animal Reproduction, and More

Join radio host Boyd Matson every week for adventure, conservation and green science. This week his guests try to solve the mystery of the disappearance of Michael Rockefeller, figure out if Mother Nature is really trying to kill you, ski off the seven summits including Everest, look inside the city of Damascus during the Syrian War, dive into Mission Blue with Sylvia Earle, look at how much food we waste each year, take a walk on the surface of Mars, and find out what we should pack on a camping trip.

19 New Species of Speedy Praying Mantises Found

Scientists have found 19 new species of mantises that roam Central and South America—and named one of them after Al Gore, a new study says.

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

The brutal U.S. winter is killing off the invasive Asian stinkbug, a new experiment shows.

Bumblebees Can Fly Higher Than Mount Everest, Scientists Find

It turns out that the humble bumblebee is capable of flying higher than Mount Everest.

Dung Beetles Use the Sun to Navigate

Call it a new twist on catching some rays: One species of dung beetle uses sunlight to steer its balls of poop, a new study says.

Alien Cockroach Species Invading the U.S.

New York City, home to eight million people and untold numbers of cockroaches, just got a few more of the latter. A newly seen species, Periplaneta japonica, has just been discovered in New York’s elevated High Line park. As its name implies, the cockroach is native to Japan, and this is the first time it’s been…

Praying Mantises Falling Victim to Sex Cannibal

New Zealand’s male mantises have developed a fatal attraction for a cannibal invader whose females devour its mates after sex, scientists report.

Troll-Haired Mystery Bug Found in Suriname

It may or may not be a new species, but this crazy-haired bug is an eye popper of a planthopper.

Botfly Invasion: Why Parasites Pop Out of Animals’ Skin

Learn more about the botfly, an invasive parasite that infects squirrels and other animals every fall.

Oldest Fossil of Mating Insects Found; Sex Positions Haven’t Changed

You could call it everlasting love: Scientists have discovered the oldest fossil of mating insects, which lived during the Jurassic period, a new study says.

New Eyeless Fungus Beetle Found in Cave

A new species of eyeless insect adapted to the darkness has been discovered in an Arizona cave, a new study says.

The Scoop on Termite Poop: Five Cool Facts

From a power source to a cancer fighter, learn about the many uses of termite poop.

How Do Ants Get Their Magnetic Compasses?

Tropical leafcutter ants rely on a magnetic mineral to navigate long distances, a new study says.