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身體哪裡被蜜蜂螫到會最痛?——2015搞笑諾貝爾生理與昆蟲學獎

今年的搞笑諾貝爾生理與昆蟲學獎,頒給了具有如神農嘗百草般的鋼鐵意志力的兩位研究員施密特(Justin Schmidt)與史密斯(Michael Smith)。就像體育界有極限運動員那樣,科學界的「極限研究員」我想非這兩位老兄莫屬了。<p>在介紹他們的研究之前,請各位來做個思考實驗:如果今天有隻蜜蜂叮到你, …

Smarter Siri, better battery life in Apple software update

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple's iPhones and iPads are getting free software updates Wednesday, including battery improvements and a smarter virtual assistant.<p>The new features and capabilities in the update, iOS 9, are primarily refinements rather than anything transformative. But the new software is still …

Apps

Ask Anything: Can Insects Get Fat?

Yes, but they never lose that slender figure.<p>Some initial work on chubby bugs occurred in the early 1960s, when a Florida entomologist started publishing research on obese mosquitoes. When he fed the wild-caught flies by hand (“by easing the proboscis into a micropipette”), he found that he could …

Fossilized Human-Sized Sea Scorpion Found In Meteorite Crater

If you sea scorpion, say scorpion<p>If you think scorpions are scary today, be very glad that you weren't around 467 million years ago. Today, these stealthy stingers are found on land, but back then, scorpion ancestors ruled the seas.<p>In a study published today in <i>BMC Evolutionary Biology</i>, scientists …

Paleontology

Palmyra Temple Of Bel Satellite Image Confirms Site Obliterated By 'Murderous, Tasteless' Isis

A satellite image suggests that almost nothing remains after the so-called Islamic State (IS) blew up the ancient temple of Bel in the Syrian ruins …

Auschwitz 'showers' offend some visitors to the former Nazi camp

<b>(CNN) —</b> When the management at the Auschwitz Memorial installed sprinklers outside the former Nazi concentration camp in Poland, they thought they would create some cool comfort for visitors. Instead, it sparked a red-hot controversy.<p>Offended Jewish visitors over the weekend likened the misting …

World History

Google self-driving cars don't need windshield wipers

Ready to have your mind blown?<p>Google said Monday that it is bringing its self-driving prototype cars to Austin. The company brought one of its Koala …

‘Heart in a box’ keeps beating until transplanted

Experts say device could increase the pool of eligible heart donors, though ethical concerns remain<p>A device that reanimates organs taken from dead patients has shown promise in heart transplant surgeries, though it's raising some ethical concerns, as well. As <i>MIT Technology Review</i> reports, the …

Medicine

Sleep More, Sneeze Less: Increased Slumber Helps Prevent Colds

The viruses that cause the common cold are always lurking. But consider this: Even if we touch a doorknob or keyboard that's covered in cold germs from an infected person, we don't always catch the cold.<p>"Sometimes when we're exposed to viruses, we end up not getting sick," says Aric Prather, a …

Sleep

Russia wants a piece of the possible treasure on the Nazi ghost train

According to The Telegraph, the Russian website Sputnik interviewed a "human rights lawyer" regarding the rumored treasure stashed on a train of "military nature" between the Polish towns of Wroclaw and Walbrzych.<p>"Representatives of Russia should undoubtedly be involved in determining the value of …

Russia

WATCH: Octopuses Appear To Take Up Arms As Submarine Warfare Escalates

There may be an octopus arms race underway. And that's not even a joke about tentacles: Octopuses are actually fighting, and potentially using weapons.<p>The creatures are hardly team players under the best of circumstances.<p>"Octopuses in general are regarded as fairly solitary animals," says Peter …

Zoology