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What Happens If We Throw an Elephant From a Skyscraper? Life & Size 1

Does forest certification really work?

Some results were negative or mixed: the workforce in both certified and non-certified forests was heavily imbalanced in favor of men, with women …

How much of a shock can an electric eel deliver? A scientist just found out first-hand

• <i>Last year, Kenneth Catania, a professor of biological sciences at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, was able to corroborate a centuries-old story</i> …

Why Do Parrots (And People) Eat Clay?

The parrots of Southeastern Peru crave an earthy delicacy: dirt. At the Colorado clay lick, a cliff face rising above the Tambopata River in the western Amazon Basin, parrots — often hundreds at a time from up to 18 species — gather each day to feast on sun-hardened clay.<p>"It's a real spectacle of …

Do Adult Dogs Still Recognize Their Mothers?

I was at a gathering of emeritus faculty members at my university, and a small group of us were standing around drinking coffee and nibbling on …

Pets

Glossary of Evolution Terms

Looking for a definition related to evolution? Well, look no further! While this is in no way a comprehensive list of all terms you will run into …

Evolution

6 Things You Should Know About Biological Evolution

Biological evolution is defined as any genetic change in a population that is inherited over several generations. These changes may be small or …

Biology

The Autumn Equinox is Here! Wait, What's the Autumn Equinox?

The equinox comes twice a year and is related to the change in seasons, but a lot of people don't fully understand this celestial alignment.<p>Winter is officially coming. The Northern Hemisphere blew by the longest day of the year with June’s summer solstice and is now coming up on the September …

Astronomy

The anatomy of a hurricane, from its eye to its swirling winds

Here's how these huge storms form.<p>What makes a hurricane tick? Whether it’s a disheveled tropical depression or a picture-perfect category five swirling across the ocean like a buzzsaw, every tropical cyclone that forms on Earth has the same basic structure. These powerful storms are just as …

Are Personality Traits Caused by Genes or Environment?

Psychologists often talk about personality traits, but what exactly is a trait? How do mental health professionals define this term? It is our …

What Is Nature vs. Nurture?

The nature versus nurture debate is one of the oldest philosophical issues within psychology. So what exactly is it all about?<p><b>Nature</b> refers to all of …

Why do people whistle?

Give us a toot! There is remarkably little research on why humans whistle.<p>Apart from a small study from 2011 that found men whistle more than women, …

All blue-eyed people have a single ancestor in common

New research shows that all blue-eyed people share a common ancestor. This person lived more than 6,000 years ago and carried a genetic mutation that …

This is why Mexico is being ravaged by earthquakes

In just 12 days Mexicans have experienced two powerful earthquakes that have killed at least 300 people.<p>Mexico City is no stranger to earthquakes, on …

Ancient human DNA in sub-Saharan Africa lifts veil on prehistory - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

The first large-scale study of ancient human DNA from sub-Saharan Africa opens a long-awaited window into the identity of prehistoric populations in …

What Caused the Mexico Earthquake? Faults Explained

Different kinds of faults make different kinds of earthquakes.<p>On September 19, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked central Mexico, with fatalities estimated in the hundreds—the largest, most serious earthquake of at least 19 that the U.S. Geological Survey detected across the world that …

Why poison frogs don't poison themselves - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

Don't let their appearance fool you: Thimble-sized, dappled in cheerful colors and squishy, poison frogs in fact harbor some of the most potent …

Complex life evolved out of the chance coupling of small molecules - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

Complex life, as we know it, started completely by chance, with small strands of molecules linking up, which eventually would have given them the …

Fall Equinox 2017: Here’s Why The Leaves Change Colors in Autumn

Friday September 22 marked the Autumnal, or Fall Equinox, and for the Northern hemisphere, that means the beginning of fall. Along with the onset of …

Why Birds Sing, Royal Festival Hall, London, review: birdsong-inspired compositions meet recordings of the real thing

On paper, the Aurora Orchestra’s birdsong extravaganza sounded painfully contrived: birdsong-inspired works by Messiaen and Brett Dean, interspersed …

Dante Labs Full Genome Sequencing: A Medgadget Review

Dante Labs, a company with offices in Europe and United States, have partnered with a number of laboratories worldwide and are now using next …

Two Ways of Making Malaria-Proof Mosquitoes

By harnessing the microbes that live inside these bloodsucking insects, scientists are trying to stop them from spreading disease.<p>Mosquitoes carry microbes that cause devastating diseases, from the viruses behind Zika, dengue, and yellow fever, to the <i>Plasmodium</i> parasites that cause malaria. But …

The Fascinating Reason Why Other Animals Like Capybaras So Much

Why do other animals like capybaras so much? When this was the question posed on Tumblr, Bored Panda did a little research. The photo evidence was …

Animals