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Discovered in a museum drawer: Simbakubwa kutokaafrika

An artist's illustration of Simbakubwa kutokaafrika, a large predator with stripes like a tiger but shorter legs

Discoveries come from a number of surprising places, including museums.

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Orangutans holler out their travel plans

An orangutang with a large stomach sits on the ground next to a rock with a towel over its head

Do you picture Tarzan yelling and swinging from vine to vine through a jungle? This mental image has some basis in reality with orangutan behavior.

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Photographing a black hole

A simulated image of two black holes spiraling around each other, with streaks of purple and blue coming off of both

How do you photograph something that doesn't reflect light?

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Methane from glaciers and volcanoes

The Sólheimajökull glacier in Iceland, slowly sliding downhill and melting into a large body of water with a bright blue sky

Learn more about the relationship between volcanoes, glaciers, and methane.

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Vinegar eels do the wave

A worm-like nematode under a microscope, very thin and slightly transparent

There are several organisms in the animal kingdom that move with a certain synchronization. Learn more about the wave of the vinegar eels with today's A Moment of Science.

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Surprising Science: How Fungi Can Help Conquer The Final Frontier

The fibers of mycelium in mushrooms cover a large area

Today's Surprising Science looks at the emerging field of astromycology and how fungi might just hold the key to our space exploration efforts.

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Surprising Science: Bacteria Working As Art Restorers

Carlo Bononi’s Incoronazione della Virgine

Our last Surprising Science took us out of this world to learn more about how scientists determine potentially habitable planets. Today, we’re back on Earth to look at how some of our smallest life forms are impacting the art world.

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The Traveling Lazarus Lizard

A lazarus lizard sitting on a rock

How does introducing a new species impact an environment? The unique case of the Lazarus lizard shows there's more than one possible outcome.

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Surprising Science: Geology In Space

Outer space with tons of stars visible

Scientific breakthroughs can come from some surprising sources. Today's episode of Surprising Science looks at how different branches can create breakthroughs in other fields.

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Surprising Science: How The Film "Frozen" Helped Solve A Cold Case

A snowy treeline in front of a large mountain

Scientific breakthroughs can come from surprising sources. In the second installment of this series, we look at another recent example of this.

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