Mary Ellen Grant

51 Flips | 17 Magazines | 47 Likes | 13 Following | 3 Followers | @MaryEllenGrant | Keep up with Mary Ellen Grant on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Mary Ellen Grant”

Scientific Illustrator Hand-Paints Giant Mural Featuring 243 Modern Bird Families

Scientific illustrator Jane Kim (of Ink Dwell) spent over 16 months painting one member from each of the world's 243 modern bird families. To make this feat even more impressive, Kim painted the individual birds to scale in her 40-foot by 70-foot mural. It all began when she was interning at the …

Ocean Acidification

Melting glaciers are actually making our days longer

The impact of climate change extends beyond just the weather. According to Harvard University researchers, melting glaciers at the poles are slowing down the Earth's rotation, and as a result, increasing the length of our days.<p><i>Produced by Jenner Deal</i><p><b>Follow BI Video:</b>On Facebook

Glaciers

Canadian Encyclopedia: 30 migrant groups to Canada

A checkered history from notable immigration waves, from The Canadian Encyclopedia’s 30th-anniversary list series<p>To celebrate its 30th anniversary, …

Health News | Latest Medical, Nutrition, Fitness News - ABC News - ABC News

Boxers or briefs? Largest-ever study shows boxers may beat briefs for baby-making<p>Low-calorie diets affect men's and women's bodies differently, study …

‘Spectacular discovery’ of how memories are formed and learning takes place

Brain scientists in the UK and US have collaborated to make ‘a spectacular discovery’ – for the first time in human studies – of how memories are …

Your incredibly hard job could have a surprising benefit for your health

That's according to new research, which suggests jobs that involve certain kinds of challenging mental tasks can boost memory and thinking years down the road.<p>The study, led by Francisca Then, Ph.D., at the University of Leipzig in Germany, involved about 1,000 participants over age 75. Every 1.5 …

The Brain

Does the Octopus Have a Soul?

They’re slippery, clever, and adaptable, and a fascinating new book showcases evidence that these eight-legged terrors of the deep may even be able …

Bill Gates' Summer Reading List Is Heavy on Nerd, Light on Non-Nerd

Would you believe the Microsoft founder has a soft spot for comics?<p>You're likely still thumbing through the books on our summer reading list, so forgive Bill Gates for piling on. The Microsoft founder and noted philanthropist has shared a list of the six "beach reads" he's hoping you'll tackle this …

We now have a spacecraft that is propelled by sunlight alone

A new kind of spacecraft that sails on sunlight has been successfully deployed above Earth. On June 11, the LightSail satellite overcame a series of glitches to unfurl its solar sails, a propulsion system that’s entirely different to traditional rockets, thrusters or even solar panels.<p>The prototype …

Space Travel

This stunning discovery about the brain will have scientists rewriting textbooks

The lymphatic system is part of the circulatory system but, instead of blood, it carries lymph — a clear liquid that ferries immune cells and rids the body of toxins and waste. As a 2009 research review notes, <b>it is "an undisputed anatomical fact" that the brain is the only major organ that lacks a</b> …

Immune System

NASA spacecraft to perform final pass of Saturn's bizarre spongy moon

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is set to make its last close pass of Hyperion, an irregular, spongelike moon orbiting Saturn.<p>On Sunday, May 31, the …

Geology Scene Investigation: An Eruption In 1902 Revealed How Volcanic Firestorms Kill

May 8, 1902 began as a sunny day in Martinique, an island in the Caribbean, with only a column of steam rising above its Mount Pelée. Until 7:50 a.m., when the mountain, an active volcano, exploded.<p>The first rescuers arrived on the site twelve days after the explosion, accompanied by British, …

The Magic of Marbling

<i>Every week, baking expert Alice Medrich will be going rogue on Food52—with shortcuts, hacks, and game-changing recipes.</i><p><i>Today: An easy, artistic way to make your glazed desserts instantly more impressive.</i><p>Everyone loves the classic marbled spider web pattern on cakes, or the neat chevron design on …

SpaceX made some awesome travel posters for Mars

With all the recent news about International Space Station resupply missions, reusable rockets, and drone barges, it's easy to forget that reason Elon Musk created SpaceX in the first place is to help land humans on Mars. In a way, it's great that we're so familiar with the private space company's …

Science explains how time spent outdoors colors your view of #thedress

It set social media on fire. It divided friends and co-workers. It was a cellphone picture of a sequined dress, and now it has become a bonafide subject of scientific inquiry.<p>Three studies published this week in the journal Current Biology set out to understand how a single image can be interpreted …

The Brain

Pull Quote

Blockbuster film series led to spike in archaeology courses, careers.<p>Don your leather jacket and fedora, strap on a satchel, and get that bullwhip cracking: It’s time to explore the mythical intersection of Hollywood fantasy and real-world discovery.<p>Three decades ago, Indiana Jones’s swashbuckling …

Early men and women were equal, say scientists

Our prehistoric forebears are often portrayed as spear-wielding savages, but the earliest human societies are likely to have been founded on enlightened egalitarian principles, according to scientists.<p>A study has shown that in contemporary hunter-gatherer tribes, men and women tend to have equal …

Anthropology

Deep in the ocean, the world's first known warm-blooded fish

Scientists have found the first known example of a fish with warm blood.<p>The large circular fish is called an opah, or sometimes a moonfish, and researchers have determined that it can keep its internal temperature 5 degrees Celsius warmer than its environment.<p>"We were shocked," said Heidi Dewar, a …

Fish

Our Ultimate Guide to Burning Belly Fat Fast

If you’re anything like me, you likely want to lose weight and get a flatter stomach to make your pants feel looser, boost your confidence in a …

Nutrition

The spacewalk that saved Hubble

Hubble celebrates its 25th anniversary this month. However, the Nasa space telescope that has transformed our view of the Universe was launched with a major defect. Richard Hollingham talks to the man who had to don his spacesuit and make it work.<p>Story Musgrave had worked on the development of the …

Artist Maude White Creates Intricate Scenes by Snipping Away at Paper

Maude White snips away tiny bits of paper to reveal incredibly intricate scenes. The artist, based in Buffalo, New York, brings imaginative animals and fanciful panoramas to life with her lacy, hand-cut designs. She calls her technique “paper carving.” Most of her creations are cut from plain white …

Top Canadian scientists resign over lack of female nominees

Professor Judy Illes and Dr. Catherine Anderson asked for a more diverse group of scientists to be considered for the Canadian Science and …

Hall of Fame

Bluebird moms can make competitive sons

Female bluebirds can produce more or less competitive sons by influencing the amounts of hormones in their eggs, say biologists.<p>“Mothers are uniquely …

New Theory Behind Dozens of Craters Found in Siberia

Scientists narrow down the cause and think it is related to warming.<p>When a massive and mysterious hole was discovered in Siberia last July (see pictures), social media users pointed to everything from a meteorite to a stray missile to aliens to the Bermuda Triangle as possible causes. But the most …

Eyelashes Grow To Just The Right Length To Shield Eyes

Attaching fake eyelashes might make give you a few extra millimeters to bat at your date, but they could also be channeling dust into your eyes. That's because the ideal eyelash length is about one third the width of an eye. And that goes for 22 different animals, not just humans.<p>A group of …

Awe-Inspiring Time Lapse Of Hawaii's Volcanoes Will Fill You With Wonder (VIDEO)

We all know nothing is certain but death and taxes. There's another fact, however, that will likely remain true for generations to come.<p>You can't stop Mother Nature.<p>Unfortunately, climate change will continue to alter polar ice caps, change sea levels and overall temperatures. But, no matter how …

25 Of The Cutest Parenting Moments In The Animal Kingdom

A parent’s love for their child knows no boundaries, and this is true both of us and of our animal friends. In these heartwarming photos of animal …