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Early trilobites had stomachs, new fossil study finds: Remarkable Chinese specimens contradict previous assumptions about trilobite digestive systems and evolution

Remarkable Chinese specimens contradict previous assumptions about trilobite digestive systems and evolution<p>Exceptionally preserved trilobite fossils …

Paleontology

This Swedish startup found the answer to more efficient solar panels… in algae?

Solar panels are quite an inefficient form of renewable energy – only around 20 percent of incoming sunlight is turned into energy. However, with a little help from millions of years of evolution and some algae, solar panels could start to shape up.<p>Founded in 2014, Swedish Algae Factory is an algae …

4 billion year-old fossils found in Canadian quartz

Scientists have found new evidence of life's origins on Earth, in Canada no less. The newest record of our primordial past are fossils of bacteria that <i>Phys.org</i> says lived on iron and were encased in layers of quartz. The current estimate is that these microorganisms are at least 3.77 billion years …

Scientists Just Added a Shocking 20 New Branches to The Tree of Life

We had no idea they existed.<p>Scientists have identified the genomes of close to 8,000 microorganisms from samples taken out in the field – and around …

Biology

ANTibiotic: Bacteria from African ant used to create MRSA-killing drug

African fungus-growing plant-ant used to produce new antibiotic that is potent against superbugs.<p>An antibiotic derived from bacteria produced by a …

Fifteen ways to hack your KitchenAid stand mixer

A variety of attachments – including a beater, slicer, and whisk – open up a world of cooking opportunities.<p>I'm the kind of person who enjoys the …

Most students can’t tell the difference between sponsored content and real news

Study underscores the need for more media literacy in schools<p>Most students can’t tell the difference between real news articles and sponsored content, according to a study from Stanford University, raising concerns over how young people consume online media. As <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reports, the …

Fake News

No country on Earth is taking the 2 degree climate target seriously

If we mean what we say, no more new fossil fuels, anywhere.<p>One of the morbidly fascinating aspects of climate change is how much cognitive dissonance it generates, in individuals and nations alike.<p>The more you understand the brutal logic of climate change — what it could mean, the effort necessary …

Climate

This Is Why You Really, Really Need to Stop Peeing in The Pool

And why you should always shower before swimming.<p>Sure, peeing in the pool is gross, but most all of us have done it at some point. And as long as no …

Swimming

11 Safe for Dogs Human Foods - Quiet Corner

Whether you feed your pet table scraps or supplement his diet, here are good and bad foods for Fido.<p>We know it’s best to avoid feeding man’s best …

These stick-on lenses turn your smartphone into a digital microscope

Thin enough to fit in your wallet, and with up to 100x magnification<p>It's a cliché to say that your smartphone is a pocket-sized computer, but sometimes we forget exactly how powerful these devices are. BLIPS — a set of thin, stick-on lenses that turn your cell phone into a portable, digital …

hobbyist

Portugal Just Ran For 4 Straight Days Entirely on Renewable Energy

Awesome!<p>As renewable energy matures into an ever more popular and cost-effective source of electricity, we're getting used to seeing some historic …

Renewable Energy