Museum of Science and Industry


Man, the popular monkeys have it so easy. All the bananas, and all the pretty monkeys want to groom them, and they get… all the good vines and stuff. And now they get stronger immune systems, too.

A recent study indicates a strong link between a monkey’s social status (roughly, how popular and powerful it is in monkey society) and its gene expression. “Gene expression” is a term for the changeable way your...

What's worse than a worm in your apple? A 43-foot long snake that can eat you. Also known as king of the reptiles: Titanoboa cerrejonensis.

This mammoth snake, discovered in 2009, is in the spotlight again due to the new exhibit that opened last week at the...

With Easter just around the corner, eggs are the topic this week! Not only are they incredible and edible, they are pretty amazing. Here are some fun facts you might not know about chicken eggs.

1. Eggs contain all 9 essential amino acids.

2. The United States produces around 75 billion eggs every year... and that's only 10% of the...

Hot Bee Ball of Death

By Andy
April 06, 2012

One of the most humiliating ways to die is to be snuggled to death by bees. This is true whatever your species, but it is most common for the giant Asian hornet, whose tough exo-skeleton is so thick that their rival Japanese honeybees cannot sting them. Instead, the bees swarm around the unfortunate hornet and beat their flight muscles until their combined body heat raises the internal temperature of the ball to 47° Celsius (116° F), smothering the invader in a deadly cuddle. Interestingly, 

It’s spring! Time to open the windows and see daffodils blooming and trees starting to blossom and bud, hear birds chirp, smell the dead fish in the air. Wait, what? Yeah, have you smelled that weird stink outside in the past week or two? Well, you have the lovely Bradford Pear tree to thank for it!

The Bradford Pear (or more generally, the Callery Pear) is a very pretty tree that


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