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Toddlers are 'tiny apes' who share 96 per cent of same gestures, scientists find

Parents often describe young children as little monkeys, but now scientists have confirmed that toddlers are "just tiny apes" sharing 96 per cent of the same gestures.<p>Researchers at the University of St Andrews in Scotland have discovered that before children learn how to talk, they use a range of …

St Andrews

Birds Can See Earth's Magnetic Fields, And Now We Know How That's Possible

Incredible!<p>The mystery behind how birds navigate might finally be solved: it's not the iron in their beaks providing a magnetic compass, but a …

Biology

A dominant shark lurks in the deep, dark ocean. Meet the sixgill.

On a balmy Caribbean evening in August, crew members aboard the the 184-foot exploration vessel the Alucia tied dead fish to the front of a small …

Super snake could emerge from the Florida Everglades, scientists warn

What started out as a straightforward genetic study of Florida’s invasive python population has turned up a surprising plot twist: a small number of …

Meet the 11-year-old drag kid who RuPaul calls 'the future of America'

"Desmond Is Amazing" can rock a runway.<p>That's the stage name of Desmond Napoles, who at just 11 years old is a drag superstar and an LGBTQ activist …

Music Videos

New research confirms that we get our intelligence from our Mums

When it comes to your IQ, "I got it from my mama" couldn't be more accurate.<p>Ever wondered, where do we get our intelligence from? Well, new research …

IQ

Watch What Happens When a Rattlesnake Meets a Giant Centipede

AnimalsWild Encounters<p>Snakes have to weigh risk versus reward when taking down dangerous prey.<p>AnimalsWild Encounters<p>Even for a rattlesnake, a centipede bristling with legs and fangs is formidable prey. But pygmy rattlesnakes are master strategists when it comes to hunting these hundred-legged meals.<p>…

The crane who fell in love with a human - The Washington Post

Early one summer morning, as rain is misting the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a middle-aged man is courting a crane. Chris Crowe, 42, bends forward in a slight bow and then flaps his arms slowly, like wings. “Hey, girl, whatcha think,” he coos.<p>Walnut has heard that line before. The stately …

Birds

Scary new venomous snake discovered

Scientists searching for sea snakes never expected to stumble across this find.<p>In a chance discovery, a team of biologists were returning from a sea snake research mission in Queensland, Australia when they found a new venomous species.<p>The team, led by University of Queensland’s Associate Professor …

Physical Attraction Can Be Explained by More Than Just Evolution

A recent study sparks new debate about an age-old question.<p>Scientists still haven’t figured out exactly why humans are attracted to each other. …

Hawaii Sunscreen Ban Aims to Stop Coral From Mysteriously Self-Destructing

Sunscreen chemicals seem to cause a very strange phenomenon in coral.<p>The corals of Hawaii are so stressed out that they’re encasing themselves <i>in</i> …

Birth of a planet captured for first time as gas giant bigger than Jupiter swirls into existence

Even by astronomical standards it is a discovery that is out of this world.<p>Scientists have for the first time witnessed the birth of a planet, a huge gas giant many times the size of Jupiter, swirling into existence 370 light years from Earth.<p>The theory of how gas planets form from a vortex of …

FDA approves first cannabis-based drug

<b>(CNN) —</b> The US Food and Drug Administration approved a cannabis-based drug for the first time, the agency said Monday.<p>Epidiolex was recommended for approval by an advisory committee in April, and the agency had until this week to make a decision.<p>The twice-daily oral solution is approved for use in …

News

Newly Discovered Shrimp Species With 'Extremely Hairy Feet' Named For Bilbo Baggins

A new species of shrimp found in Indonesia has been named after LoTR’s Bilbo Baggins because it’s <i>very</i> small, it lives in a round house, and it has extremely hairy feet!<p>If you’re a fan of JRR Tolkien’s <i>The Lord of the Rings</i>, then you’ll be excited to learn that a newly discovered shrimp species has …

Illustration

Cause of polycystic ovary syndrome discovered at last

The most common cause of female infertility – polycystic ovary syndrome – may be caused by a hormonal imbalance before birth. The finding has led to …

California researchers accidentally find 'feisty' rodent thought to have gone extinct 30 years ago

Researchers from the San Diego Natural History Museum and the non-profit Terra Peninsular were scratching their heads when they found unfamiliar rodents in traps they placed around a field in Baja California. They were intending to study rodent populations in the area — but instead made a rare …

Tortoise found covered in red paint, concrete along Florida road

Authorities in Florida are asking for help after a gopher tortoise was found earlier this week covered in red spray paint and with concrete on its limbs.<p>The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said in a news release on Wednesday that two people came across the tortoise on County Road …

Florida

Giant group of octopus 'moms' discovered during deep sea expedition: 'It's suicide'

A group of more than 100 octopus "moms" and their eggs were found clustered about 2 miles below the ocean's surface off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica by a group of scientists during a deep-sea expedition.<p>The researchers made the surprising discovery while exploring the Dorado Outcrop, a rocky …

Zoology

World's 'hottest chilli' gives man five weeks of excruciating headaches

Eating one of the world’s hottest chillies can cause five weeks of headaches, scientists have warned after a man was hospitalised.<p>The 34-year-old American patient required emergency treatment for excruciating headaches and neck pain after eating the “Carolina Reaper”, which is as strong as …

Why You Shouldn't Eat a Slug (In Case You Need Reasons)

Gory Details<p>Hint: A brain-infesting worm carried by gastropods is spreading around the world.<p>Sam Ballard was 19 years old when friends at a party dared him to swallow a slug. Within days, the Australian teen developed a rare form of meningitis and fell into a coma that lasted more than a year. Even …

Immune System

Ancient Humans Had Sex With More Than Just Neanderthals, Study Shows

There's another mysterious species in our ancestry.<p>We rarely portray Neanderthals, our close relatives, as telegenic. Museum exhibits give them wild …

The Same Spider Seemed to Evolve Over and Over Again in Hawaii

There are 14 different species, but they're all pretty much the same.<p>The Hawaiian islands are the world’s most isolated landmass, approximately 2,361 …

Meet the 5 young British women using Instagram to redefine beauty standards

Instagram can be a dark place, and we're not just referring to the trolls. Scrolling through so many images displaying the same beauty ideals and …

Video of New Tardigrade Species Pooping Looks Like a Rocket Launch

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's ... a pooping water bear.<p>There’s a reason that people have given the tardigrade cute nicknames like “water bear” and …

This Is the Worst Roommate Story You’ll Ever Read

<b>Alex Miller’s spare room</b> had been on Craigslist for two weeks when, last March, she got the call she’d been waiting for. The man at the other end …

Crime

8 “anti-resolutions” to make this January so that you’re happier in the new year

Author Sarah Knight is a personal hero of mine. While the wider world dove into <i>The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up</i> and extolled the virtues of …

Genius Company Installs Beehives In Your Living Room, And Here’s How It Works

As you probably know already, the bee population is in a consistent decline and has been for some time, with modern industrial farming methods and …

Free At Last: After 50 Years, Jane Goodall’s Family Has Finally Raised The Ransom Money To Buy Her Back From The Apes

Jane Goodall

A Dr. Seuss-Like Poem About The Woman Who Pulled 14 Worms From Her Eye

Earlier this week, we shared the remarkable story of Abby Beckley — and her run-in with eye worms.<p>When this young woman felt something crawling around in her eyes, she had the presence to remove said worm and then, over the course of a few weeks, not one, not two nor three ... but 14 nematodes came …

Romeo, World's Loneliest Frog, Is Finally Feelin' The Love

A campaign to raise $15,000 by Valentine's Day to fund a search for Romeo's Juliet before he croaks generated $25,000, according to Global Wildlife …

Amphibians