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Speedy evolution may help sea urchins survive - Futurity

UC SANTA BARBARA (US) — Rapid adaptation could be sea urchins’ primary weapon against acidification …

Zoology

Purple sea urchins have a weapon against ocean acidification

As the carbon content of the ocean continues to increase, purple sea urchins may be able to adapt rapidly to survive.<p>In the race against climate …

Climate Change

FYI: How Do Mosquitoes Survive Rainstorms?

Raindrops are to mosquitoes what falling VW Beetles would be to humans. Yet incredibly--maddeningly--mosquitoes survive rainstorms all the time. How?<p>Imagine you are walking through a park and suddenly thousands of Volkswagen Beetles start falling from the sky. They are falling at a speed that is …

Why did dinosaurs evolve feathers?

A common creationist canard is the supposedly unanswerable "what use is half a wing?". Apparently there to confound biologists, what it generally …

How 'limp noodle' lizard swims through sand - Futurity

GEORGIA TECH (US) — Animals that swim use a similar timing pattern to contract their …

Georgia Tech

Tiny, Ancient Tree-Dweller Was One Of Earth's Earliest Primates

The origin of the first primates — the group that includes humans, apes and monkeys — is thought to lie in the deep past, about 55 million years ago.<p>Fossils from that period are rare. But now, there's an exciting new one. It's called <i>Archicebus achilles,</i> roughly meaning "beginning long-tailed …

Aqua regia, literally meaning “King’s water”, is a highly corrosive mixture of acids; it is the only mixture of acids that can dissolve gold

<b>Aqua regia,</b> literally meaning “King’s water”, is a highly corrosive mixture of acids; it is the only mixture of acids that can dissolve gold.<p>Hungarian chemist George de Hevesy dissolved the nobel prizes of his peers in aqua regia during the German invasion of Denmark in WWII to prevent Nazis from looting the prizes. He placed the liquid solution of gold and aqua regia in plain sight where it was overlooked. After the war had ended, de Hevesy returned to precipitate the gold out of the mixture. …

Freaky Carnivorous Flower Has Super-Efficient Genome

Plant genetics are so weird.<p>The humped bladderwort is a flower that's as strange as its name. It grows in mats in shallow water, it doesn't have true roots, and it bears small, inflated, hair-triggered bladders that it keeps underwater. Any time a tiny swimming animal brushes past one of these …

Killer Sign Language: Fish Use Gestures To Help Other Sea Creatures Commit Murder

Grouper and coral trout signal giant moray eels and octopuses to hunt prey.<p>Here's a nice image for you. Fish swimming through the sea, making little fishy head gestures to communicate with each other. It's like <i>Finding Nemo</i>, right? Wait! Better: they have little sea creature friends, like an …

Imagine A Flying Pig: How Words Take Shape In The Brain

This is a story about a duck. More precisely, it's a story about what your brain just did when you read the word "duck."<p>Chances are, your brain created an image of a web-footed waterfowl. It also may have recalled the sound of quacking or the feel of feathers. And new research suggests that these …

Big brains, no fur, sinuses … are these clues to our ancestors' lives as 'aquatic apes'?

It is one of the most unusual evolutionary ideas ever proposed: humans are amphibious apes who lost their fur, started to walk upright and developed …

Why your brain loves music

New neuroscience study sets out to explain why in some respects music offers the same sort of pleasure as a really good thriller.<p>The love affair between <b>music</b> and neuroscience just keeps going and going. And this isn’t surprising because music’s power over us is so huge, and so odd. It’s not like …

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