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Animals Have Evolved Into Parasites At Least 200 Times Today, around 40 percent of animal species are parasites.

Animals Have Evolved Into Parasites At Least 200 Times Today, around 40 percent of animal species are parasites.

When the Nazis captured a heavy water facility in Norway, the chemist who helped design the plant took action.

When the Nazis captured a heavy water facility in Norway, the chemist who helped design the plant took action.

When spores of the mindsucking Ophiocordyceps fungus land on an Amazonian ant ( Dinoponera longipes), they penetrate its exoskeleton, enter its brain, and compel it to leave its normal habitat on the forest floor to scale a nearby tree. The dying ant, bursting with fungus, fastens itself to a leaf or another surface. Fungal stalks burst from the now-dead ant’s husk and rain spores onto the forest floor below, and onto more ants—beginning the process again.

Engrossing portraits of parasites and the creatures they zombify

When spores of the mindsucking Ophiocordyceps fungus land on an Amazonian ant ( Dinoponera longipes), they penetrate its exoskeleton, enter its brain, and compel it to leave its normal habitat on the forest floor to scale a nearby tree. The dying ant, bursting with fungus, fastens itself to a leaf or another surface. Fungal stalks burst from the now-dead ant’s husk and rain spores onto the forest floor below, and onto more ants—beginning the process again.

A marathoner ran between a bear and her cubs during a race in New Mexico. Find out how she survived—and what to do if it happens to you.

A marathoner ran between a bear and her cubs during a race in New Mexico. Find out how she survived—and what to do if it happens to you.

Evidence suggests that getting up and grooving with others has a lot of benefits.

Science says dancing with friends is good for your health

Evidence suggests that getting up and grooving with others has a lot of benefits.

12 tips for spotting bad science

12 tips for spotting bad science

Seen from above, a small boat travels the Buriganga River, thick and dark with pollution, in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. Though the water is filled with human and industrial waste, millions depend on it for their livelihood and transportation. “The Buriganga is economically very important to Dhaka,” Your Shot photographer Jakir Hossain Rana writes. “Launches and country boats provide a connection to other parts of Bangladesh.”

Seen from above, a small boat travels the Buriganga River, thick and dark with pollution, in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. Though the water is filled with human and industrial waste, millions depend on it for their livelihood and transportation. “The Buriganga is economically very important to Dhaka,” Your Shot photographer Jakir Hossain Rana writes. “Launches and country boats provide a connection to other parts of Bangladesh.”

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