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Sciencespeak: Whale Pump

Whales can poop almost anywhere they want. They have the entire ocean to relieve themselves in, so most of the planet can theoretically be their toilet. Yet, despite having a near-universal lavatory pass, cetaceans often relieve themselves near the surface. In the words of marine biologists Joe …

Unraveled: Why Chile’s Chinchorro Mummies Are Turning into Black Ooze

The famous Chinchorro mummies, which have remained preserved in Chile for more than 7,000 years, are now under threat from increased levels of moisture.<p>Humid air is allowing bacteria to grow, causing the mummies' skin "to go black and become gelatinous," said Ralph Mitchell, a professor emeritus of …

Archaeology

Cockroaches have personalities, study finds | Reuters

Researchers from the Université Libre de Bruxelles found that the much-maligned cockroach has its own personality and even displays different character traits. The discovery could explain why cockroaches are considered such great survivors and able to adapt to inhospitable surroundings.<p>Scientists …

Insects

Scientists explain how climate change helps fuel California drought

Climate change is increasing the risk of severe drought in California by causing warm periods and dry periods to overlap more often, according to a new study.<p>Rising temperatures resulting from increased greenhouse gas emissions mean warm and dry periods are coinciding more frequently, the study …

Don’t Stop Daydreaming: Why a Wandering Mind Is Good for You

If you can’t get through this article without checking your Facebook, walking to the fridge, scrolling through your phone, and choosing something on …

Warm Weather In Asia May Have Spurred Black Death Outbreaks In Europe

The Butter-flea Effect?<p>Bubonic Plague. Just the sound of it is enough to send a twinge of worry through your mind, even though it has been quite a while since an outbreak caused massive amounts of death and devastation. Sure, traces of the bacteria (<i>Yersinia Pestis</i>) that cause the nasty disease …

Environmental Health

Bed Bugs May Be Splitting Into New Species

The bed bug may seem like a recent trend. Even if you haven’t personally suffered an infestation, media coverage of the insect’s comeback has been hard to miss.<p>However, the bed bug is an ancient pest, and our lives have intertwined for millennia. In the late 1990s, for example, archaeologists found …

Biology