American mycologist Violetta White Delafield painted over 600 stunning watercolors of mushrooms as part of her fieldwork. Here they are in all their glory.
You could get stung by a jellyfish even when there don't seem to be any around. Meet Cassiopea xamachana and its "stinging water" weirdness.
Inventors often use animals' adaptations to the environment in applications that benefit humans, from sharky swimsuits to hedgehog-inspired helmets.
The plant’s golden color has inspired a long—and potentially deadly—fascination.
They both contain insecticides called pyrethrins, used in ancient Persia. Today we use them in lice-killing shampoos.
For millennia, humans have exploited galls for medicine, fuel, food, tanning, and dyeing. Some people have considered them miraculous.
Despite all the whips and spurs involved, nineteenth-century Americans believed racehorses loved a little manly competition.
Some 19th-century naturalists believed that bugs could think and should therefore definitely know that biting is out of line.
This plant’s animal-like behavior and alleged love-provoking abilities have sparked the imagination of everyone from early modern yogis to today’s scientists.
Reputed to be a less intelligent bird species, puffins have been observed scratching themselves with sticks.