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Plant Based Diet: 16 Edible Flowers to Grow

The beauty of flowers sometimes makes us believe that appearance is all they have to offer. But like other edible plants, flowers can bring to our …

Food

There’s a Better Answer Than Electric Cars

Promising emissions-reducing technology may let people keep driving cars with internal combustion engines.<p>Erich Sixt, chairman and chief executive officer of the Pullach, Germany-based global car rental company that bears his family’s name, recently described electric cars as a “costly political …

Fossil Fuels

The Elusive Calculus of Insect Altruism

A new theory may change the debate over evolution and self-interest among ants, bees and other social bugs

Scientists at CERN discover “colour” of antimatter

Measuring the structure of antimatter could help us unlock the secrets of the universe<p>In a world first, researchers at CERN have measured the …

Sperm Whale Stuffed with 64 Pounds of Plastic Washes Up Dead In Spain

A representation created by Greenpeace Philippines. While it’s not real, it’s getting a little too close for comfort.<p><b>Late in February,</b> a juvenile …

Turtles evolve to use flippers like hands and karate-chop prey

Sea turtles have evolved to use their flippers as hands, grasping jellyfish and even karate-chopping their prey, scientists have found.<p>Previously it was thought that the brains of the reptiles were too small to handle the dexterity required for manipulating objects with their limbs.<p>Instead, it was …

Turtles

The Population Bomb Has Been Defused

The Earth and humanity will survive as fertility rates fall almost everywhere.<p>Some of the most spectacularly wrong predictions in history have been made by those who claim that overpopulation is going to swamp the planet. Thomas Malthus, a British economist writing in the late 1700s, is the most …

African elephants are migrating to safety—and telling each other how to get there

The Chobe National Park in northern Botswana is a 11,700 sq km (4,517 sq mile) sanctuary for animals. Families of endangered African elephants wander freely through the park, which is bordered by Namibia in the north and Zimbabwe in the east. The animals visit watering holes, feed on the lush …

New Maps Reveal Global Fishing's 'Vast Scope Of Exploitation Of The Ocean'

The fishing industry has long been hard to monitor. Its global footprint is difficult even to visualize. Much fishing takes place unobserved, far from land, and once the boats move on, they leave behind few visible traces of their activity.<p>But this week, the journal <i>Science</i> published some remarkable …

Fishing

First human eggs grown in laboratory

<b>Human eggs have been grown in the laboratory for the first time, say researchers at the University of Edinburgh.</b><p>The team say the technique could lead to new ways of preserving the fertility of children having cancer treatment.<p>It is also an opportunity to explore how human eggs develop, much of …

Massive crayfish that didn't exist 25 years ago are capable of cloning themselves — and it's terrifying scientists

A crayfish that is capable of cloning itself is taking over Europe — and scientists are taking note.<p>The marbled crayfish has a mutation that allows it to clone itself, reports Carl Zimmer at The New York Times. Zimmer profiled scientists studying the all-female species known for its massive size, …

Strange Weather Triggered Bacteria That Killed 200,000 Endangered Antelope

Over the span of three weeks in 2015, more than 200,000 saiga antelope suddenly died in central Kazakhstan.<p>Scientists knew that bacteria called <i>Pasteurella multocida</i> type B caused the mass death. Now, new research suggests that the bacteria was already present in the animals; it was triggered and …

The Y chromosome is disappearing – so what will happen to men?

The Y chromosome may be a symbol of masculinity, but it is becoming increasingly clear that it is anything but strong and enduring. Although it …

Genetics

There’s a fish orgy happening in Mexico that’s so loud it’s making other animals go deaf

Anyone who has ever lived in an apartment complex with paper-thin walls knows that being forced to listen to your neighbors rock each other’s world …

Pigeons grasp the abstract concepts of space and time

<b>New research adds to the growing recognition that animals beyond humans and primates show abstract intelligence.</b><p>Judging space and time is something …

University of Iowa

3D-printed live bacteria creates world's first "living tattoo"

A team at MIT has genetically modified bacteria cells and developed a new 3D printing technique to create a "living tattoo" that can respond to a …

Wearable Tech

Bird gets lost at sea, accidentally spawns an entire new species on a remote island

If you get lost at sea and find yourself on an island you’d probably try to build a fire, pile some sticks and stones into a makeshift home and maybe …

The Strange and Gruesome Story of the Greenland Shark, the Longest-Living Vertebrate on Earth

Greenland sharks are among nature’s least elegant inventions. Lumpish, with stunted pectoral fins that they use for ponderously slow swimming in cold and dark Arctic waters, they have blunt snouts and gaping mouths that give them an unfortunate, dull-witted appearance. Many live with worm-like …

The "lighting revolution" may be increasing light pollution

Despite a global move to more efficient lighting and various efforts to lessen the impact of lighting on humans and the environment, scientists say …

Swiss Village To Give $70,000 To Families Willing To Move In, And Here’s How Life Looks There

Looking for a change of scenery? If a utopic, picturesque mountainside village in Switzerland sounds like your cup of tea, you’re in luck. The small …

Local Economies

Dolly the Sheep Didn’t Die Prematurely Because She Was a Clone

Dolly the Sheep made biotech history in 1996 when she became the first animal cloned from adult somatic cells. She lived to the age of seven, which …

21 Weird Garden Remedies That Might Make You Look Crazy But That Actually Work

Organic gardeners will often go to any length to keep their plants happy and safe, but without the use of harmful chemical fertilizers and pesticides.<p>…