A Rare Look Inside The Doomsday Seed Vault Deep In The Arctic

A Rare Look Inside The Doomsday Seed Vault Deep In The Arctic

That’s me! I’m on Svalbard, an archipelago 800 miles from the North Pole. There are polar bears and glaciers, and also the most amazing genetic library I have ever seen… Howdy seeders of knowledge, Trace here for DNews. If you’ve never heard of Svalbard before, it’s this place right here. Waaay up there on top…Continue reading A Rare Look Inside The Doomsday Seed Vault Deep In The Arctic

What puts the ‘bomb’ in bombardier beetle? | Natural History Museum

What puts the ‘bomb’ in bombardier beetle? | Natural History Museum

From spikes to camoflage to detachable tails animals protect themselves in a wide range of ways One type of beetle takes it to the next level: it packs a boiling explosive punch There are around 400,000 species of beetle, and one group, the bombardier beetles, have devised one of the most interesting defence strategies in…Continue reading What puts the ‘bomb’ in bombardier beetle? | Natural History Museum

Why does Rudolph have a red nose? | Natural History Museum

Why does Rudolph have a red nose? | Natural History Museum

Some reindeer probably do have red noses, but this may be due to the presence of these little creatures – these little flies called, affectionately, ‘snot bots’, the reindeer botflies. The female adult botfly will fly along and she squirts the larvae up the nostrils of the reindeer. The larvae then goes down the throat…Continue reading Why does Rudolph have a red nose? | Natural History Museum