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New York City Raccoons: What You Need to Know

New York City Raccoons: What You Need to Know

It’s hard to believe if not seen for yourself, but raccoons are swiftly becoming a major nuisance in New York City and on Long Island. Whereas country populations of these nocturnal critters can be spread out and relatively tame, intra-city ones compete with people,...
Spiders Love Living in New York City. Here’s Why.

Spiders Love Living in New York City. Here’s Why.

You might be inclined to think that something as reclusive and slow moving as a spider wouldn’t like the big city. This assumption works for most animals and insects, but the opposite is true of spiders. They LOVE New York! Just as at-home in the middle of a...
Would You Eat This?

Would You Eat This?

The New York Times recently ran a profile of a woman named Megan Miller who started a cricket company. It’s called Bitty Foods. They grind up crickets, mix them with coconut and cassava into a flour, and sell the flour to consumers. Miller and other entrepreneurs...
One Step Closer to Man-made Spider Silk

One Step Closer to Man-made Spider Silk

Spiders might be the most unpleasant-looking creatures on the face of the Earth, but you have to respect their engineering prowess. Spider webs are incredibly intricate, and they’re made from one of the most amazing materials in the animal kingdom: spider silk. Gram...
Dragonflies: Beautiful Super-Predators

Dragonflies: Beautiful Super-Predators

I had heard the praises of dragonflies being sung before—how they had incredible flight capabilities, insane hovering skills, and how the US military was studying their biomechanics to try to design more efficient aircrafts. I didn’t think much of it. But a couple of...