Andrew Dunsmoor

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When Doing Good Means You're Bad

Want to know a sure way to be seen as immoral, unethical and unlikable? Raise $1 million for charity. Want to know how to have people think a lot …

Bugs That Live Under Your Skin and Other Creepy Discoveries This Year

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New Clues and Some Wild Guesses About Those Strange Spider Towers in the Amazon

Late last week, we revealed that the elaborate, fenced-in spires spotted in the Peruvian Amazon are made by spiders. We were with a team of …

8 Ways Jellyfish Are Awesome And Terrifying

Awesomely terrifying, or terrifyingly awesome?<p>The jellyfish is a fascinating creature. Floating lazily along in the ocean current resembling plastic bags, the gelatinous zooplankton seem to do little more than add a colorful glow to our aquariums and occasionally give swimmers a reason to urinate …

Toe bone DNA reveals Neanderthal interbreeding

Using DNA extracted from a woman’s toe bone that dates back 50,000 years, scientists find evidence for a long history of interbreeding among at least …

Was Your Ancestor a Ball of Jelly? Evolution Study Surprises Experts

The question of whether sponges or comb jellies were the first animals to evolve continues to stir the waters.<p><b>In a prehistoric version of "the chicken or the egg" question, researchers have long debated which animal group came first. A traditional view pegs sponges—marine creatures that look more</b> …

Second Code Uncovered Inside the DNA

Scientists have marveled at the ingenuity of the DNA code since it was first deciphered in the early sixties, but now it appears that there is much …

USDA Steps Up The Fight To Save Florida's Oranges

The citrus industry is facing a crisis. It's called citrus greening — a disease that has devastated orange production in Florida since it first showed up eight years ago. Now the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a new effort to try to control the disease before it destroys the nation's …

Absurd Creature of the Week: The Frog Whose Young Erupt From Under Its Skin

Amphibians have it made. Frogs sometimes just up and turn into princes, salamanders can emerge from fire unscathed, and a certain newt almost got to …

Student dies and wakes up in the morgue—what happens next, it was mistake

A computer programming student was undergoing surgery in Costa Rica, when she died, experienced the afterlife, then returned to her body—in the …

23 Extreme Gravity-Defying Photos That Will Give You Vertigo

How many times have you been told that anything is possible? Do you believe it? Here are 23 extreme photos of serious risk takers that prove anything …

What Happened On Easter Island — A New (Even Scarier) Scenario

We all know the story, or think we do.<p>Let me tell it the old way, then the new way. See which worries you most.<p>First version: Easter Island is a small 63-square-mile patch of land — more than a thousand miles from the next inhabited spot in the Pacific Ocean. In A.D. 1200 (or thereabouts), a small …

Orange Octopus, More Creatures Found Deep in Antarctic Sea

Wildlife<p><b>A sea snail feeding off a dead octopus’ beak is among the 30 new species found during an expedition to Antarctica‘s Amundsen Sea (map), according to the first study to shed light on the sea’s</b> <b>bottom dwellers.</b><p>The newfound sea snail, or limpet, is from a group that specializes in feeding on …

Life on the ocean wave wasn’t easy for pterosaurs

The posture an animal may adopt when dunked into the water may not seem like an obvious lifestyle problem – after all pretty much all animals can swim to at least some degree – but it appears to have been a real issue for the pterosaurs. A new study published by myself and a colleague suggests that …

RNA's Secret Life Outside the Cell

For decades, researchers have been finding DNA and its sister, RNA, circulating in the body, outside the safe interior of cells where these molecules …

Male and Female Brains Really Are Built Differently

The hemispheres of women's brains are more interconnected. Does that matter?<p>Ready your knowing smirk, because here comes a scientific gem that’s sure to enliven even the dullest of holiday parties.<p>By analyzing the MRIs of 949 people aged 8 to 22, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania found …

Michael Neuberger obituary

The molecular biologist Michael Neuberger's research into antibodies did much to increase our understanding of how the body defends itself against microbes – single-cell organisms including viruses and bacteria. His own death at the age of 59 came, by sad coincidence, from myeloma, a cancer of the …

Baby Pics Can Diagnose Deadly Cancer

Like most parents, Bryan Shaw snapped unending pictures of his new son Noah. But when the baby was just a few months old, Shaw’s wife Elizabeth started to notice something odd about the pictures: in them, one of Noah’s eyes appeared milky-white instead of red.<p>When his wife approached him with the …

Inside The Hunt For Dark Matter

Dark matter makes up much of the cosmos, yet no one knows exactly what it is. Soon, physicists may finally solve one of science’s biggest mysteries.<p>“Turn here. Take the dirt road on the right. You’ve got to see this.” I park my rental car, and Rick Gaitskell directs me to a makeshift wooden …

Dark Matter

Two New Species of Scarab Beetles Discovered in Southern Africa

Two new species of scarab beetles have been discovered in Southern Africa. The beetles belong to the flightless genus, <i>Gyronotus</i>. The new species <i>G.</i> …

Gene Machine

A pipe that copies DNA using the heat of a lightbulb.<p>Biology's equivalent of an office copier is a PCR machine. PCR, short for polymerase chain reaction, is now a staple in crime-scene forensics, heredity tests, and organism hijacking. It's a mind-boggling feat. Among billions of base pairs that …

5 Unlucky Things That Were Hit by Meteorites

Given the sheer vastness of space, the odds against an individual bit of extraterrestrial debris coming anywhere near our planet are, well, …

Game of Thrones

The Walking Dead Fun Facts

20 Easter Eggs, Cool Pop Culture References, and Fun Facts About <i>The Walking Dead</i>. That and a week-long marathon should get you prepared for the new …

5 Questions: "Just" So

1 of 5<p>Which First Lady launched the "Just Say No" campaign to encourage kids to stay away from drugs?<p>2 of 5<p>With whom did Justin Timberlake sing a …

More people on the planet means fewer nasty genes

Computer simulations predict that rapid growth of human populations may have an upside: natural selection removes the most harmful genetic …

Molecule makes flies do nothing but eat and sleep

Scientists are unraveling the complicated relationship between food and sleep by studying a single molecular function in fruit flies.<p>In the October …

How the diminutive zebrafish is having a big impact on medical research

It begins with sex on the beach. Pairs of zebrafish separate from the rest of their shoal and move into shallower and shallower water, continuing to cavort around each other in rapid, darting movements. When the female reaches ground that is only a couple of centimetres below the waterline, a …

Why does your voice sound different on a recording?

No one likes listening to themselves, but why? It’s because when you speak you hear yourself in two different ways.<p>What makes a recording of our voice sound so different... and awful? It’s because when you speak you hear your own voice in two different ways. Greg Foot explains all.<p>The first is …