Monday, October 22

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Humans Are Good At Building Cool Things, But These Wasps Might Be Even Better

Humans Are Good At Building Cool Things, But These Wasps Might Be Even Better

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Because we construct cities from the ground up and send skyscrapers farther and farther into the clouds every day, we often forget that nature is full of equally skilled builders. Oddly enough, those critters are usually of the invertebrate variety. They may be small, but these tiny contractors create some of the most incredible structures in the world.Take these wasps, for example. We all know that bees and wasps build themselves intricate lodgings, but wait until you see what happened when Italian researcher Mattia Manchetti gave a few wasps some colored paper. When it comes time to breed, wasps build complex nests to house their little ones. European paper wasps -- the bugs used in this experiment -- are no different. Mattia Manchetti via Notula Zoologica ...
5 Health Risks You Encounter Every Day Without Even Realizing It

5 Health Risks You Encounter Every Day Without Even Realizing It

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When it comes to risk assessment, things like flights and camping trips typically come to mind. Although the news certainly hasn't been helping in the flying-is-awful department, your mother has probably told you a million times that you're more likely to die doing something routine (like driving, for example) than you are to die in a plane crash.And she's right, but here's the thing. Driving isn't the only risk you encounter on a daily basis. Here are a few more modern-day activities that regularly put you in harm's way. 1. Being a sedentary creature. iStock Where am I as I write this? You guessed it. At my desk. Where are you as you're reading this? Probably at yours. Most of us in the working...