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Sharks, snakes and giant squid: Climate change driving exotic species north into B.C., but killing others

B.C. has long been a magnet for two-legged North Americans with a taste for mild weather. Now, thanks to an ever warmer climate, the province has …

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Friendly Swede Carabiner Grenade Survival Kit

Posted in Gear<p>It takes more than Allstate to be prepared for mayhem and chaos. Sometimes you need the kind of peace of mind that can only come with a …

This device turns your iPhone into a mobile microscope

Humankind is not depending on me to cure some terrible epidemic. That takes the pressure off and lets me have a little fun as I try a device that turns my iPhone into a fairly powerful microscope.<p>With a clip-on aspheric lens and transmitted light base that weighs only a few ounces, the makers of …

Microscopes

Hulk is a 175-pound pitbull you don’t want to get angry

Hulk is a 175-pound pitbull who you definitely don’t want to get angry.<p>The 18 month-old pit looks intimidating for a reason. His New Hampshire-based owners, Marlon and Lisa Grennan, who own Dark Dynasty K9’s -- a company that breeds, trains, and supplies pits to celebrities and ultra-wealthy …

Fresh Fossil Studies Rewrite the History of Humanity's Genus Homo

Scientists say they're filling in some of the most frustrating gaps in the story of human evolution — thanks to the discovery of the oldest known fossil from the genus to which we belong, plus the computer-aided reinterpretation of another key fossil.<p>The revelations, published Wednesday by the …

Make 3D Models with Glue and Layered Paper Cutouts via Instructables

Sometimes 3D models seems to be produced by some parts magic, some parts technology, with a big dollop of arts and crafts at the finish line. …

What Happens When You Strap a Camera to a Sea Turtle's Shell - The Atlantic

Using a camera strapped to the creature, scientists reveal for the first time the intricacies of how the sea giant hunts.<p>Submerged in murky seawater, a grey leatherback turtle homes in on its spineless prey, a pink jellyfish drifting through the dark green abyss. The giant turtle glides toward the …

Zoology

Engineer creates a 3D metal printer prototype for $2 using electroplating technology

Mar. 1, 2015 | By Kira<p>Metal 3D printing is highly coveted by designers and makers in many industries, from aerospace engineering to medical …

Prototypes

Adventurers and Drones Go Into the Volcano for Science

“While I was perfectly aware of the danger, it was hard not to be mesmerized by the rare chance to experience the incredible energy of the Earth’s underlying forces,” says Sam Cossman, who one month after quitting his tech job found himself peering into the lava lake of a volcano in the South …

Florida by Water: See Sea Turtles in the Wild

During nesting season on Florida's Atlantic coast, thousands of female loggerhead turtles emerge from the surf.<p>During the summer nesting season on Florida's central Atlantic coast, thousands of female loggerheads emerge from the surf and laboriously haul themselves across the sand. Using flippers …

'Nightmare Bacteria' Require Old and New Weapons

"Superbug" bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics have the potential to create a nightmare scenario for modern medicine, but experts are hopeful …

Along Cuba’s Coast, The Last Best Coral Reefs in the Caribbean Thrive

The enduring image of Cuba is of a country locked in a time warp, with 1950s American sedans cruising the streets, colonial-era buildings in …

Presence of deadly amphibian disease in Madagascar

Feb 27<p>It seems that amphibians don’t make the news as often as mammals, birds or even reptiles. Yet the group – which contains frogs and toads, …

Zoology

New study finds Great Barrier Reef corals eat plastic pollution

One creature’s trash may be another creature’s lunch, according to new research out of James Cook University in Queensland, Australia, which suggests …

Pollution

13 times nature had absolutely no chill

Simmer down, nature — we all know you're the boss.<p>You cause blizzards, earthquakes and wildfires.<p>But nature, sometimes you just need to take a chill …

Why Are Elephants and Other Animals So Wrinkly?

For African elephants, baggy skin keeps them cool in the hot sun.<p>When you write a column called Weird Animal Question of the Week, it's inevitable that you get some smart-aleck inquiries. Recently someone asked me: "What happens when you put anti-wrinkle cream on an elephant?" (See National …

Back to the Stone Age: would you survive?

What would happen if you took modern humans out of the 21st century and transported them back to the Stone Age? That is the premise of a social …

Watch: Stealthy Octopus Leaps From Water and Attacks Crab

The predator's "sheer aggressiveness" surprised even an octopus scientist.<p>Elusive creatures known mainly for their eight arms, ink blast, and high intelligence, octopuses are also fearsome predators with a variety of natural weapons at their disposal.<p>Porsche Indrisie learned that firsthand recently …

Check out the big brain on the genetically modified mouse

Scientists at Duke University have pinpointed a regulator of gene activity that could lend insight into why we're so different from chimpanzees …

David Suzuki: We Have to Stop Killing Our Oceans With Plastic

Eight million tonnes. That’s how much plastic we’re tossing into the oceans every year! University of Georgia environmental engineer Jenna Jambeck …

The eternity drive: Why DNA could be the future of data storage

<b>(CNN) —</b> How long will the data last in your hard-drive or USB stick? Five years? 10 years? Longer?<p>Already a storage company called Backblaze is running 25,000 hard drives simultaneously to get to the bottom of the question. As each hard drive coughs its last, the company replaces it and logs its …

Genetics

Probe Of Top Universities Finds Huge Growth In Animal Experiments

The use of laboratory animals in the largest U.S. labs has grown 70% over the last two decades, according to institutional records obtained by PETA. This is the first national count of this kind, because the vast majority of lab animals are excluded from U.S. government statistics.<p>Since the late …

Drilling ancient African lakes sheds light on human evolution

How was human evolution and migration influenced by past changes in climate? Researchers hope to find out.

3D printing: Melbourne engineers print jet engine in world first

The jet engine, the first ever to be produced with a 3D printer, was made using a high-powered laser and fused powdered nickel, titanium or aluminium …

Haunting Images of Burned Animal Mounts Photographed After the Fire in Deyrolle Taxidermy in Paris

<i>Immortals</i>, a series by French photographer Marc Dantan, depicts the charred mounts at Deyrolle Taxidermy in Paris after a devastating fire in 2008. …

Taxidermy

XLR-ONE, the 3D printed robot that can DJ your party, tutor your kid and protect home

Feb. 25, 2015 | By Roberto<p>Could you imagine a robot that can dance and dj, talk and even take care of your kids? It already exists. The XLR-ONE, …

ProtoLabs 3D Printing Service Lights Up OceanLED's Underwater Lighting System

As we have learned from past stories, many of the product markets that are first to adopt 3D printing are high-level and unique, such as interior …

Dozens of craters are opening up in Siberia and no one knows why

The Siberian Times reports that Russian scientist Vasily Bogoyavlensky of the Russian Academy of Sciences is calling for an “urgent” investigation into the cause of dozens of new “pingos” or giant mystery craters he has discovered.<p>The paper reports:<p>“Until now, only three large craters were known …

Earth Science

Welcome to the bug farm: Edible cricket rearing goes industrial in California

<b>What to do when demand for food-grade insects exceeds the supply? Bring in modern agricultural technology.</b><p>Across the globe, billions of people rely …