The name "kestrel" is derived from the French crécerelle which is diminutive for crécelle, which also referred to a bell used by lepers. Archaic names for the kestrel include windhover and windfucker, due to its habit of beating the wind (hovering in air)
Two reasons why it's unavailable (for now): first, BPM 37093 is a star about to die, and we're talking about its cristallized carbon nucleus. Second, it's 50 light years away from earth.
Paedophryne amauensis is 7.7 mm long. This frog from Papua New-Guinea was first described in 2012
The man found momified in the ice in 1991 is thought to have been killed by an arrow in the shoulder, at age 45
Domestication of moose was investigated in the Soviet Union before World War II. Russia thought of using moose as pack animals as well as meat, skin and milk cattle. But "moose-farming" turned out not to be profitable enough
Aki Hoshide immortalized a bright sunny day of 2012 during which he and NASA astronaut Sunita Williams (visible in the reflections of Hoshide's helmet visor) underwent a session of extravehicular activity outside the International Space Station
Naked mole rats are the superheroes of lab animals. They show few signs of aging, are resistant to some types of pain, and almost never get cancer! But in 2017, scientists have discovered another superpower: they can live up to 18 mn without oxygen! They do that by essentially switching their bodies from using one fuel (glucose) to another (fructose)
Calcite crystals occasionally show phosphorescence or fluorescence, but they are also display birefringence (or double refraction). This strong birefringence causes objects viewed through a clear piece of calcite to appear doubled!
This is a vascular bundle of Pterídium aquilínum: it's basically the blood vessels of plants!
Although swans only reach sexual maturity between 4 and 7 years of age, they can form socially monogamous pair bonds from as early as 20 months that last for many years, and in some cases these can last for life
Nasalis larvatus is a reddish-brown arboreal Old World monkey with an unusually large nose. It is endemic to the southeast Asian island of Borneo
Using a state-of-the-art scanning system, a French team of researchers has successfully reconstructed Descartes' brain from the philosopher's skull. Their findings were published in the Journal of Neurological Sciences on July 2017