Mon, 25 November 2013
Blinky the crab is a mutant freak. It has three eyes instead of two, and an antenna-like structure on its head. But the reasons for Blinky's deformities are a bit of a mystery.
Researchers have linked specific human actions to changes in global warming. They found warming slowed down in the nineties, which they believe can be partly explained by the 1987 ban on CFCs. They also found that warming slowed during the Great Depression.
New-born babies deliberately suppress their own immune systems to allow beneficial microbes to colonise their gut.
Asteroids 'dead' rocks in space. But recent images have shown one to have tails - six of them!
A fossil of a 'coupling' 165m years ago shows two insects loving each other in a very special way. The fossil seems to indicate that the genitals of modern froghoppers are the same as their ancestors', but their favourite sexual position may have changed.
Tue, 19 November 2013
The RAVE (Radial Velocity Experiment) study finds that our galaxy, the Milky Way, is fluttering like a flag. Sort of wobbling.
From the 1960s to the 1990s, adult elphants were culled extensively in South Africa. It was feared that if there were too many elephants they would destroy the habitat. A recent study of the young elephants that were spared shows substantial social and psychological trauma, decades later.
Astronomers have crunched some heavy maths and statistically, there could be as many as 20 billion Earth-like exoplanets in our galaxy.
A study of tail-wagging dogs finds that a dog's heart rate and anxiety levels increase when it sees another dog wagging its tail to the left.
With India's successful launch of the Mangalyaan probe to Mars, some people are suggesting this could be the beginning of an India-China 'Asian space race'. Others are criticising the AU$77m project in light of India's widespread poverty.
Wed, 13 November 2013
Name The Virus is a crowdfunding initiative to develop new viral vectors to help understand the brain and its disease.
A species of South African dung beetle has given up the ability to fly to instead gallop across the sand grasping bits of poo.
Why do some people have blue eyes, or big noses, or wide mouths? Some regions of the genome previously thought of as 'junk DNA' control the activity of genes for facial features.
The practice of recording bird calls and replaying them to lure birds into view is frowned upon by many bird-watchers, but some people still do it. A new study shows that it can stress birds out and harm them.
The strains of human papillomavirus that most commonly affect black women are different from those targeted by the HPV vaccine.
Tue, 5 November 2013
A new study shows that while the brain is asleep, it washes away buildups of wastes and toxins.
In the early 90s, about 60,000 jellyfish were born in space. When they came back to Earth, things didn't quite work out.
A test of alleged yeti samples uncovers an extinct polar bear/brown bear hybrid.
A new law of biology: all mammals pee for about 21 seconds. Yes, a team of scientists walked around a zoo with a stopwatch.
A new strain of Clostridium botulinum, the bacteria that produces one of the deadliest neurotoxins we know of, has been discovered. Researchers have taken the unusual precaution of whithholding key details of the bacteria's genome.