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Baby Turtles Getting Hypnotized For Science Is So Cute It Hurts

Baby sea turtles don’t really need our help being adorable, but remarkably, scientists have figured out a way to make the tiny shelled reptiles even …

Sea Turtles

The Top Six Dinosaur Myths And How We Busted Them

When the first dinosaur bone was described in 1676, it was thought to come from an elephant or perhaps a giant. Over a century later, scientists …

Starfish Can See!

If you were a starfish, you'd have eyes on the ends of your legs.<p>The phrase "seeing stars" has a whole new connotation: Research suggests that sea stars, a type of five-legged starfish that usually appears blue in color, can see images with the tiny compound eyes at the ends of their legs. The eyes …

How To Use Trees To Prospect For Gold

There's gold in them leaves!<p>They say money doesn't grow on trees, but gold and other precious metals can accumulate in plants. Researchers recently discovered relatively high levels of gold in the leaves of a eucalyptus tree in Western Australia, before uncovering a deposit of the metal more than …

Two New Frog Genera Discovered in the Western Ghats

A team of independent researchers from India has discovered two new genera of frogs in a highly threatened swampy ecosystem of the Western Ghats.<p>The …

A friendly bug that feasts on plastic

Each week a global thinker from the worlds of philosophy, science, psychology or the arts is given a minute to put forward a radical, inspiring or controversial idea – no matter how improbable – that they believe would change the world.<p>This week, psychologist Susan Blackmore suggests we use a …

Northern Lights: More than just a pretty light show

Humans have been fascinated by this unpredictable, eerie light show for centuries. But it’s amazing how little we know about the science behind it.<p>The thermometer on the car is reading -22C. Outside, we are standing in snow up to my knees. We’re in a region called Inari in Finnish Lapland, inside …

Astronomy

The mind-bending mysteries of multiple universes

There’s a vast amount of fun to be had with the possibilities that other universes exist, so how should we react to claims that some of these might be real?<p>Stand by for something fascinating about mitochondria. Or perhaps the strange properties of molybdenum? Or, better yet, why don’t we dive into …

British Honeybees Are Getting Wiped Out At Record Rates

Over the 2012-2013 winter season, 34 honeybee colonies of every 100 were lost on average — more than double that of the previous year.<p>Widespread die-offs are being blamed largely on bad weather and a late spring, BBKA said in their report.<p>An exceptionally rainy season — the summer of 2012 was the …

Will we ever… know what happened before the Big Bang?

If you think theories about the universe are mind-bending, rest assured that many scientists feel the same way. But the question isn't a philosophical one: it has potentially real, testable aspects.<p>In many ways, it's strange to us humans that the Universe should be the age it is. The Universe – by …

Will we ever… eliminate animal experimentation?

Arguably one of the most heated debates in science, efforts to reduce the number of animals used in studies face many barriers, says Alla Katsnelson.<p>One of the most, if not the most, contentious issues in science is the use of animals in research. Scientists experiment on animals for a host of …

Why is gin 'under threat'?

Juniper bushes - which provide the berries that give gin its taste - are under threat from a combination of loss of habitat and a deadly new fungus.<p>Scientists say they have disappeared from over a third of the places in Britain where they were previously found.<p>Dr Deborah Long, of Plantlife Scotland …

MicroRNA links inflammation, blood cancer

<b>CALTECH (US) —</b> A new study is the first to offer a detailed molecular connection between chronic inflammation, and bone marrow failure and diseases …

Hematopoietic