My college transcripts will plainly show I nearly failed Latin (twice!), but if there’s one thing I’m certain of it’s that Adelotypa annulifera translates roughly to “ungrateful dickhead.” That’s the scientific name of an Amazonian butterfly whose behaviors have finally been documented by entomologist Phil Torres and…
Blue Origin, the private space rocket company owned by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, just posted highlights from their first test rocket launch and it’s pretty damn cool. The Blur Origin New Shepard vertical takeoff, vertical landing spacecraft blasted off and reached a height of 58 miles before separating from its rocket and…
Here's an awesome 3D visualization from NASA that shows how the Sahara Desert helps fertilize the Amazon rainforest even though they're on two different continents that are separated by an entire ocean. The Saharan dust is carried over by wind and the phosphorous in the dust is essential to the Amazon.
A few months ago, eye-grabbing images of tiny web-like structures baffled etymologists everywhere because they had no idea who made them. However, Wired recently followed a team of scientists down to the Amazonian rainforest, and the mystery is finally solved. Sort of.
And you thought breaking down your Amazon boxes for recycling was creative—Japanese gamer and amateur modeler Upuaza Touryou just trashed the competition, turning his stack of old flimsy cardboard into an insanely elaborate Buddhist temple.
Say hello to the Callicebus caquetensis, "a new and critically endangered" monkey species found in Southern Caquetá, Colombia, deep in the Amazon rainforest. "When [the babies] feel very content they purr towards each other," says its discoverer, scientist Thomas Defler.