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The Ferocious Bug That Sucks Prey Dry and Wears Their Corpses

The aptly named assassin bug looks on and wonders what all the mercy is about, for this insect impales its prey and sucks it dry, then attaches the entire corpse to its back. Not just one or two at a time, mind you—these bugs can be found lugging around massive piles of their foes. Burdensome and unnecessarily sinister, it would seem, but this functions both as visual and olfactory camouflage as well as highly effective armor.

Nine rare and beautiful cloud formations

When moving air encounters an obstacle like a mountain, it is forced to rise up and over it. As the air spills over the other side, the pull of gravity causes it to overshoot a little before resurging back up. It's a bit like a car's suspension bouncing after hitting a speed bump.
A stable air mass will continue to rise and dip for a little while as it travels away from the mountain, setting up an invisible "standing wave".

How Big Are The Biggest Squid, Whales, Sharks, Jellyfish?

A few years ago, Carl Zimmer and I ran a workshop on science writing, where we talked, among other things, about explaining science without talking down to your audience. It apparently left an impression on Craig McClain, a marine biologist and blogger who was in the audience. “I made a comment about how I always wanted to write a post on how giant squid sizes are bullsh*t,” he recalls,” but that those always come off as an arrogant scientist telling the world that it’s wrong. And you said: You should write it, but you just need to find the right tone. That kicked me off.”

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