Paolo Cocco

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Tropical fire ants traveled the world on 16th century ships

Thanks to a bit of genetic sleuthing, researchers now know the invasion history of the tropical fire ant (<i>Solenopsis geminata</i>), the first ant species …

Graveyard of Giant Lemurs Discovered Underwater in Madagascar

Bones found deep inside a cave offer an unprecedented look at the ancient primates, some as big as gorillas.<p>Deep below the surface of a water-filled cave in Madagascar, divers and paleontologists have uncovered a boneyard full of extinct giant lemurs.<p>Hundreds of bones dot the silty bottom of Aven …

Lemurs

Surprise! Earth’s core has a core

Researchers have found that the Earth’s inner core has an inner core of its own … smaller than the moon.<p>Researchers at the University of Illinois and …

Geology

Do pulses from seafloor volcanoes trigger climate swings?

Volcanoes on the ocean floor flare up on regular cycles – lasting from two weeks to 100,000 years. Do they help produce suddenly seesawing hot and …

Earth Science

When Monkeys Surfed to South America

Long ago, about 36 million years before today, a raft of monkeys found themselves adrift in the Atlantic. They’d been blown out to sea by an intense storm that had ripped up the African coast, and now a mat of floating vegetation was the closest thing to land for miles in all directions. But luck …

South America

Scientists now know why popcorns pop

Study unravels physics of kernel – water contained in the shell rapidly escapes as steam under heat, making the corn ‘pop’<p>The popping sound made by popcorn is normally viewed as a pleasing cue that your snack is ready to eat, but for scientists the phenomenon represented one of nature’s significant …

Food

Tagebücher der Wissenschaft » SciLogs - Wissenschaftsblogs

Last week my husband and I celebrated our Golden Anniversary. No, not our 50th – we’re not quite that far along just yet. We celebrated ϕ years since …

Forget Mars’s deserts, let’s look for life in Europa’s ocean – Lee Billings

The robots come to Mars out of a sky tinged peach from whirlwind-lofted dust. They cut through the thin, cold air in supersonic aeroshells and …

Koko, Kanzi, and ape language research: Criticism of working conditions and animal care.

Last week, people around the world mourned the death of beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams. According to the Gorilla Foundation in Woodside, …

Lakes under the ice: Antarctica’s secret garden

Samples from a lake hidden under 800 metres of ice contain thousands of microbes and hint at vast ecosystems yet to be discovered.<p>Under the …

Scientists detect evidence of 'oceans worth' of water in Earth's mantle

Researchers have found evidence of a potential "ocean's worth" of water deep beneath the United States.<p>Although not present in a familiar form, the …

Zombie Sponge Reefs Are Lurking at the Bottom of the Sea - Issue 16: Nothingness

Kim Conway was examining the sea floor off the coast of British Columbia when he found them: strange mounds that showed up as hazy “ghosts” on his …

Seafloor

What Makes Humans Special?

<b>HALLMARK TRAITS</b> of the human body did not all arise anew in our species. Instead they emerged piecemeal in our forebears over millions of years. Many …

Anthropology

Gone! Why Ancient Fractal Creatures Vanished

About 600 million years ago, mysterious, frondlike creatures unlike anything found on Earth today filled the primeval seas.<p>Then, they mysteriously …

Our ancestor’s ‘leaky’ membrane answers big questions in biology

<b>All life on Earth came from one common ancestor – a single-celled organism – but what it looked like, how it lived and how it evolved into today’s</b> …

Why pregnancy is a biological war between mother and baby – Suzanne Sadedin

What sight could be more moving than a mother nursing her baby? What better icon could one find for love, intimacy and boundless giving? There’s a …

Pregnancy

An animated guide to the human body : The muscle edition

I love GIFs as an art form, so this month I tried making an infographic GIF. It’s a 25-frame stop motion animation made mostly in Photoshop.I’ve …

How to Really Eat Like a Hunter-Gatherer: Why the Paleo Diet Is Half-Baked [Interactive & Infographic]

Meet Grok. According to his online profile, he is a tall, lean, ripped and agile 30-year-old. By every measure, Grok is in superb health: low blood …

Anthropology

Where The Birds Are Is Not Where You'd Think

This is a trick question. Where would you expect to find the greatest variety of birds?<p>Downtown, in a city?<p>Or far, far from downtown — in the fields, forests, mountains, where people are scarce?<p>Or in the suburbs? In backyards, lawns, parking lots and playing fields?<p>Not the city, right?<p>"Everything I …

The Mars and Venus question

THAT men and women think differently is now widely accepted. Why they do so is another matter. One possible explanation is that in the time of …

Northern Europe

The U.S. Neglects Its Best Science Students

The U.S. education policy world—the entire country, for that matter—is on a quest to increase the ranks of future innovators in science and …

Education

Films that help parents bring science home to their children

My parents didn't teach me anything about science. There were no doctors or engineers in my family, I never visited a science museum, looked through a telescope or played with dinosaur toys. I didn't have any of those cultural experiences that many self-confessed geeks say contributed to their love …

The Hidden Side of Sex

© DONBANTUMPHOTOGRAPHY.COM<p>A female mallard duck feeds in a pond, her mate following closely. The pair has spent the winter together and is now …

Biology

Fantastically Wrong: The Strange History of Using Organ-Shaped Plants to Treat Disease

Author: Matt Simon. Matt Simon Science<p>Date of Publication: 07.16.14.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>It’s hard to imagine being the first human …

Charles Darwin's evolutionary reading: HMS Beagle's library goes online

The lost collection of books that kept Charles Darwin company aboard HMS Beagle and provided inspiration for his later works on evolution has been made publicly available for the first time today.<p>Hundreds of titles that filled the shelves of the ship's library on Darwin's five-year circumnavigation …

Corrie Moreau on Twitter: "Benoit Guénard: 42% of ant species (6147) know from only one geographic region. Important for conservation! #IUSSI2014"

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