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Are plants intelligent? New book says yes

A new book, Brilliant Green, argues that not only are plants intelligent and sentient, but that we should consider their rights, especially in the midst of the Sixth Mass Extinction<p>Plants are intelligent. Plants deserve rights. Plants are like the Internet – or more accurately the Internet is like …

The Secret, Deadly Life of Seashells

Think seashells are just pretty ocean ornaments? Think again. Shells, and the mollusks that live in them, can be deadly.<p>Their geometry captivated Sir …

Nature

Were Carbs A Brain Food For Our Ancient Ancestors?

Carbohydrates are a rich source of energy. That's exactly why some of us may feel a bit conflicted about them, since several recent studies and diets have suggested we should cut them to lose weight. (The latest study concluded that total calories matter most if you want to shed pounds.)<p>Our ancient …

Nutrition

7 surprising downsides of being extremely intelligent

For example, you wouldn't have to study as hard for tests. You'd read about complicated concepts and instantly understand them. You'd be able to take on challenging but exciting jobs like rocket science.<p>All that may be true, but there are also significant disadvantages to being highly intelligent. …

Emotional Intelligence

Paleo Profile: Pulanesaura eocollum

<b>Name:</b> <i>Pulanesaura eocollum</i><p><b>Meaning:</b> <i>Pulanesaura</i> is a combination of Sesotho and Latin meaning “rain-maker lizard”, while <i>eocollum</i> means “dawn neck” in honor of the dinosaur’s place as one of the earliest sauropods.<p><b>Age:</b> Early Jurassic, around 191 to 183 million years ago.<p><b>Where in the world?:</b> South Africa<p>…

Paleontology

Meet Pentecopterus, a new predator from the prehistoric seas

You don't name a sea creature after an ancient Greek warship unless it's built like a predator.<p>That's certainly true of the recently discovered</i> …

Five foot seven and claws out of its head: meet Earth's first big predator

Fossils of Pentecopterus decorahensis, which hunted in the oceans half a billion years ago, discovered in Iowa river bed<p>Earth’s first big predatory monster was a giant underwater scorpion that reigned in the ocean almost half a billion years ago, well before the dinosaurs, scientists have …

Die Schwungkeule des Stachel-Dinos

Der Schwanz der Ankylosaurier war eine der monströsesten Waffen der Tierwelt: Der Schlag der schweren Keule konnte Muskeln reißen lassen und Wirbel …

Termites Engineer Solar-Powered Ventilation Into Their Mounds

Central air? No Problem<p>Termites get a bad reputation in the housing business. They are often looked at as signs of the domestic apocalypse, causing billions of dollars in damage to houses every year. But when it comes to building their own homes, termites are master engineers. Such is their …

Underwater Animal Colonies Work Together To Move

They're all in this together<p>Think about how jellyfish or squid move. You're imagining a graceful display of jet propulsion, right? It's not uncommon for underwater species to take advantage of their environment to propel themselves through it. In a study released in <i>Nature Communications</i> today, …

Baumzählung: Mehr als drei Billionen Bäume bevölkern die Erde

Baumzählung Mehr als drei Billionen Bäume bevölkern die Erde<p>Von<p>-Aktualisiert am 03.09.2015-14:54<p>Drei Billionen Bäume bevölkern die Erde. Bild: dpa<p>In …

Bakterien vom Bauernhof

• Eine Münchner Kinderärztin und Allergologin hat einen Mechanismus entdeckt, der erklären könnte, warum Kinder vom Bauernhof seltener an Allergien und …

Magical morphing jumbo squid are taking over the eastern Pacific

IN 1940, author John Steinbeck and biologist Ed Ricketts took a trip from the Californian city of Monterey, across the Mexican border and into the …

Nature

Brain Power

Learning<p>For most animals, such as insects, the skills needed for survival are hard-wired into their genetic make-up, kicking in when they’re needed. …

30,000-year-old giant virus released from its frozen Arctic tomb

You’ve heard this story before: researchers find ancient microbes in the Arctic ice, bring said microbes back to the lab, and bad stuff ensues. <i>The</i> …

Global Warming

Why Are Bats' Immune Systems Totally Different From Any Other Mammal’s?

Bats host more pathogens than most other mammals. Why aren’t they always sick?<p>Bats may be both ecologically and economically valuable, but they are also notorious for transmitting diseases particularly rabies and maybe even Ebola. The bats themselves, however, don’t often get sick as they have …

Birds reveal the evolutionary importance of love

Humans are extremely choosy when it comes to mating, only settling down and having kids after a long screening process involving nervous flirtations, …

Research

Plankton: Das Sehen von Bakterien lernen

Plankton Das Sehen von Bakterien lernen<p>Von<p>-Aktualisiert am 18.09.2015-13:21<p>Plankton aus dem Pazifik: Vielzeller und Einzeller Bild: Christian Sardet, …

Why Sea Monkeys Love Salt: A Fable on the Cost of Symbiosis

Time and again, microbes have opened doors for animals, allowing them to exploit niches that would have otherwise been denied to them by their basic animal-ness. By providing nutrients that are missing from the sap of plants, bacteria have allowed bugs to subsist on a diet of nothing else, turning …

Microbiology

Aggressive Mantis Shrimp Sees Color Like No Other

The colorful mantis shrimp is known for powerful claws that can stun prey with 200 lbs. (91 kilograms) of force. Now, new research finds that these …

Nature

Study adds to evidence that viruses are alive

The researchers analyzed all of the known folds in 5,080 organisms representing every branch of the tree of life, including 3,460 viruses. Using …

Biology

Can eating peppers help you live longer? - Futurity

Eating hot, spicy foods like peppers may help you live longer, a study of 500,000 Chinese adults suggests.

Eating

Scientists Unearth Rat-Like Mammal That Survived Dinosaur Extinction

Researchers have discovered the existence of a new, rat-like mammal that existed alongside dinosaurs, and even survived after them.<p>An University of …

Genographic Scientists Trace the Origins of Europe’s Roma

Changing Planet<p>by Amy Werner<p>The European Roma are the largest ethnic minority in Europe, numbering more than 10 million people dispersed across the continent. Roma groups have a distinct culture and language, different from their non-Roma neighbors, suggesting a common origin generally placed in …

Equality

Fuku-zilla? Japan's TEPCO Discovers "Living Creature" Inside Nuclear Reactor

After sending robots into the Fukushima nuclear reactor (and seeing them mysteriously die), perhaps this is the reason why Japanese officials have …

Nuclear Energy