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Octopus And Squid Evolution Is Officially Weirder Than We Could Have Ever Imagined

They edit their own genes!<p>Just when we thought octopuses couldn't be any weirder, it turns out that they and their cephalopod brethren evolve …

Scientists made a detailed “roadmap” for meeting the Paris climate goals. It’s eye-opening.

Back in 2015, the world’s governments met in Paris and agreed to keep global warming below 2°C, to avoid the worst risks of a hotter planet. See here for background on why, but that’s the goal. For context, the planet’s warmed ~1°C since the 19th century.<p>One problem with framing the goal this way, …

Gut bacteria regulate nerve fibre insulation

Research suggests that gut bacteria may directly affect brain structure and function, offering new ways to treat multiple sclerosis and psychiatric conditions<p>Far from being silent partners that merely help to digest food, the bacteria in your gut may also be exerting subtle influences on your …

Neuroscience

WATCH: Disabling IPhone Animations Can Actually Speed Up Your Device

Just one little tweak makes your iPhone feel brand-new again!<p>Compared to desktop computers, iPhones run very lean and very mean, but that's not to …

Many scientific “truths” are, in fact, false

In 2005, John Ioannidis, a professor of medicine at Stanford University, published a paper, “Why most published research findings are false,” mathematically showing that a huge number of published papers must be incorrect. He also looked at a number of well-regarded medical research findings, and …

Clinical Trials

Lack Of Deep Sleep May Set The Stage For Alzheimer's

There's growing evidence that a lack of sleep can leave the brain vulnerable to Alzheimer's disease.<p>"Changes in sleep habits may actually be setting the stage" for dementia, says Jeffrey Iliff, a brain scientist at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.<p>The brain appears to clear out toxins …

Alzheimer's Disease

One of the most basic tools of science just got changed in a major way

You won't find these four elements in nature — they are synthetic elements that can only be produced in the lab, and because they decay in a matter of seconds, their existence has been extremely difficult to confirm.<p>Until now, elements 113, 115, 117, and 118 had temporary names and positions on the …

Chemistry

Just What America Needs: Another Creationist 'Museum'

Stunning! Interactive! Engaging! Creationist!<p>That's how the Institute for Creation Research might describe a new facility it proposes to build near its headquarters in Dallas. The prospective Dallas Museum of Science and Earth History" would be the "culmination of decades of study and research" by …

The Science Behind the Virgin Birth

Researchers have come up with several intriguing—if improbable—scientific explanations for the virgin birth of Jesus Christ.<p>Although the religious meaning of Christmas was long ago neutered, replaced with the secular joys of eggnog and mall Santas, at its core December 25 is still a celebration of …

Researchers discover a universal law of superconductivity

The immutable laws that govern our universe – such as those that reign over the observable world in classical mechanics and those that rule the …

Quantum Physics

Your Foul Mouth Proves That You’re Smart, Says Science

Fluent use of profanity can be a sign of an articulate nature and a deep intelligence, say researchers from two separate studies. So, the next time you find yourself unleashing a string of f-bombs next to a set of raised eyebrows, take comfort in knowing mom did not (necessarily) create a …

Want to be more charismatic? Science finds out how

It doesn't matter how smart you are - as long as you're quick<p>Want people to think you're charismatic? Then think fast - and don't worry too much about accuracy.<p>According to a new study by researchers at the University of Queensland, an ability to think, and act, quickly plays a vital part in …

Listen to this: Story Collider reveals the human stories behind the science

Ben Lillie’s podcast covers work across genres and fields of research, but he still finds that some of the most memorable stories come from neuroscientists<p>Regardless of how you felt (or feel) about studying science in school (no thank you, physics), science is everywhere in our world and touches …

Snakes Evolved From Burrowing Ancestors, Not Swimming Ones

Even without arms or legs, snakes are some of the world’s most fearsome predators. Their unique anatomy suggests that modern snakes originated as …

cocaine Archives

Neuroscience NewsMay 31, 2018<p>A new study reveals how cocaine use alters gene expression and provides new insight into the molecular basis of cocaine …

Neuroscience

There's a lot of confusion about eating fat. Here's what scientists agree on.

Media coverage of dietary fat has been confusing and contradictory over the years, as you can see in this graphic of Time magazine covers:<p>Back in the 1960s, the magazine suggested that everyone should lower their total fat intake, which turned out to be bad advice. (Many of the replacements for fat …

Is picky eating a ‘red flag’ for depression?

Picky eating among children is a common but burdensome problem that can result in poor nutrition for kids, as well as family conflict and frustrated …

Venomous frogs use toxic face spines as weapons | @GrrlScientist

A team of scientists have identified two species of venomous frogs, a unexpected discovery. While a number of frogs have toxins in their skin and thus are considered poisonous, the term “venomous” is reserved for animals, such as pit vipers, that can inject their toxins into other animals<p>It’s …

Zoology

Warmer Temperatures Could Mean More Salmonella Outbreaks

If you live in a coastal area, beware<p>Vomiting, fever, and diarrhea—these nasty symptoms are the embodiment of the crippling effects that salmonella can have on the body. In the past, scientists have linked outbreaks of the bacterial infection to extreme weather. Now researchers in Maryland have …

Climate Change

Ribbiting news: frogs' poison spines revealed and new species discovered

In two separate breakthroughs, a new species of tree frog has been discovered, while two species of Amazonian frog have been revealed to be venomous<p>Many of world’s frogs may be at risk of extinction, but something new always hops up in the amphibian world. In two separate journals in one afternoon, …

This Frog Uses Its Spiky Face to Deliver a Venomous Headbutt

When Carlos Jared was first ‘stung’ by the venomous face of the Greening’s frog, he didn’t realise what had happened. He had picked up one of the small creatures, and it started thrashing about as if trying to headbutt his hand. At first, it felt like being abraded by rough sandpaper. Then, Jared …

GPS says pandas don’t keep normal hours

GPS collars on five wild pandas reveal that their daily routines fall out of the ordinary.<p>Most mammals fall into three categories of movement: …

How Zombie Spiders Are Enslaved As Wasp Nursery Builders

Parasitic wasps are horrible things. They inject their quarry with chemicals that turn them into zombies, forcing the host animal to do their bidding. A new study has some insight into how a species of spider is forced to build a nursery for tiny wasp babies, ensuring their survival after the …

Walking Dead: How Wasp Overlords Control Spider Zombies

Like a mindless zombie controlled by a menacing overlord, the spider scampers back and forth, reinforcing its silky web. Not long from now, the subservient arachnid will be dead, its web transformed into a shelter for the spawn of the creature that once controlled it, according to a new study.<p>No, …

Eye Shapes Of The Animal World Hint At Differences In Our Lifestyles

Take a close look at a house cat's eyes and you'll see pupils that look like vertical slits. But a tiger has round pupils — like humans do. And the eyes of other animals, like goats and horses, have slits that are horizontal.<p>Scientists have now done the first comprehensive study of these three …

Zoology

How To Make Speakers From Post-Its

Harnessing the power of sound using office supplies<p>On the ground floor of Pioneer Works Center for Arts and Innovation in Brooklyn, New York, a bearded and flanneled trio played gloomy arrhythmic music one Wednesday night. Upstairs, director of education David Sheinkopf taught a class on the …

Rare Earth

Humans are turning the Earth into a 'lonely and very dangerous planet', ecologist warns

Humans are turning the world into a “lonely planet” depleted of its rich biodiversity, and there could soon come a point when the mass extinction of …

Inside The Colourful World Of Animal Vision

As humans, we live in a colourful world, but differences in visual systems means that not all animals see the world in the same way. Unlike other …