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The Lepsis is a Terrarium for Growing Edible Bugs at Home!

As global populations continue to grow, our appetite for meat is likely to cause severe resource shortages in the not-so-distant future. To address …

Video of divers encountering a humpback whale will remove all the stress from your day

Feeling anxious today? Take a trip with us under the sea, and watch divers follow a whalesong to a mysterious and awe-inspiring close-up brush with a …

Humpback Whales

Bee Sperm Bank Could Be Key In Fight Against Colony Collapse

<i>From Mother Nature Network's John Platt:</i><p>Most people who raise bees do it for the honey. Researchers at Washington State University want something else: the bees' semen. As WSU entomology professor Steve Sheppard explains, creating a bee sperm bank could help to create hardier breeds capable of …

Farmed Fish Production Overtakes Beef For The First Time In World History

The production of farmed fish has overtaken the production of beef for the first time in modern history, according to an article from environmental think tank Earth Policy Institute.<p>In 2012, world beef production reached 63 million, but it couldn't top the production of fish farming, or …

Five pest species now immune to GMO corn and cotton

Yum, genetically engineered corn and cotton.<p>That isn’t what most people would think. (Especially the cotton bit. And <i>especially</i> the GMO bit.)<p>But a …

Agriculture

Product Review: The BioLite Campstove Charges Your Gadgets as You Cook a Meal

"Cook dinner and charge electronics anywhere with just a handful of kindling." That's the promise made by BioLite, maker of the BioLite Campstove, …

Camping

New to Nature No 102: Lobariella sipmanii

A new species of lichen was found growing on lower to mid-height stems and small trunks of <i>Diplostephium revolutum</i>, a composite, in Bogotá, Colombia. …

Researchers Trace Languages Of Billions Back To One Ancient Ancestor

At the end of the last ice age, a single language fractured, until it became the languages we speak across Asia and Europe.<p>At least 15,000 years ago, a single language started to break up. It broke into about seven different languages and, over the next 5,000 years, splintered into thousands more. …

Science Confirms The Obvious: Fast Food Is Pretty Bad For You

Over the past 14 years, fast food has gone from "awful, health-wise" to "awful, health-wise."<p>A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine takes a look at a host of popular American fast-food establishments to see if they've improved, nutritionally, in the past decade and a half. They …

New Meat-Eating Plant Species Found In Japan

"Meat-eating," not "man-eating." Still cool though.<p>According to Japan Times, a new species of carnivorous plant has been found in Aichi Prefecture, on the central-southern coast of Japan's main island. The Japan Times calls it a "pitcher plant," which it is not; as a species related to (and …

Why were prehistoric insects so huge?

Before the dinosaurs, giant insects ruled the world more than 300 million years ago.<p>Do you complain about dead bugs on your windshield? Just be …

Insects

Study: 'Fossil' Words Are Older Than We Thought

The origin of some of the words we use today goes back much further than scientists once thought, suggesting an Ice Age-era proto-language that spawned many of the world's contemporary linguistic groups, according to a new study by a group of U.K.-based scientists.<p>The study, published in the …

Last winter was a real killer for the honeybees — and here's why

Almost a third of America's honeybee colonies bit the dust last winter, according to a bellwether survey of bee health. But the deaths didn't fit the typical pattern for colony collapse disorder, the mysterious malady that wipes out bunches of bees all at once. Instead, researchers suggest that …

Scientists Discover New Species of Bone-Headed Dinosaur

Scientists have discovered a new bone-headed dinosaur from Alberta, Canada. <i>Acrotholus audeti</i> (Ack-RHO-tho-LUS) was identified from both newly …

One-Third of U.S. Honeybee Colonies Died Last Winter, Threatening Food Supply

Author: Brandon Keim. Brandon Keim Science<p>Date of Publication: 05.08.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>Nearly one in three commercial honeybee …

10 Best Recent Dinosaur Discoveries | WIRED

Dinosaurs aren't all big and scaly. The more fossils they find, and the closer they examine them, the more scientists realize how diverse these …

Ancient bone-headed dinosaur found

<b>Scientists have unveiled a new species of bone-headed dinosaur, which they say is the oldest in North America, and possibly the world.</b><p>The dog-sized plant-eater had a dome-shaped skull that may have been used to head-butt other dinosaurs.<p>University of Toronto researchers say the new species, …

Paleontology

Unconventional Energy: The Good, the Bad, and the Unknown

A panel of experts discusses the facts on fracking and other new forms of energy recovery.<p><b>As the world's easy-access oil supplies dry up</b>, North America is increasingly turning to unconventional sources—such as drilling in the deep sea, mining oil sands, and using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to …

Found: Proof That Seafloor Bacteria Ate Radioactive Supernova Dust

Microbes on the ocean bottom ate iron forged in the heart of a dying star<p>The late Carl Sagan said it best on his TV show <i>Cosmos</i>: "We're made of star-stuff." He meant that atoms which make up our bodies—and everything around us—formed when giant stars blew up billions of years ago. That material shot …

Plants Can Hear Each Other, Research Suggests

It is already known that plants can communicate through chemicals, but new research shows that they can still communicate when all routes are blocked …

Western Australia

Cells in hydrogel reverse diabetes in mice - Futurity

GEORGIA TECH / EMORY (US) — Scientists reversed Type 1 diabetes in mice in as …

Type 1 Diabetes

Ancient DNA Found Hidden Below Sea Floor

In the middle of the South Atlantic, there's a patch of sea almost devoid of life. There are no birds, few fish, not even much plankton. But …

Eco-friendly housing complex keeps down bills

<b>Residents living on the most eco-friendly social housing development in the UK are reporting massive reductions in energy bills.</b><p><b>Sinclair Meadows was launched six months ago and already, the average costs have been cut by seventy five per cent. Fiona Trott visited the complex in South Shields to</b> …

Social Housing

Genome shows macaw is one smart bird - Futurity

TEXAS A&M (US) — By sequencing the complete genome of a Scarlet macaw, researchers hope …

Parrots

What Cannibals Could Teach Us About Evolution

Three recent studies provide a glimpse into nature's most gruesome diet--and what it reveals about evolution.<p>In the past few decades, scientists studying the eating habits of Earth's creatures have noticed something strange: the babies of several species, from tiger sand sharks to fruit flies, are …

17-year-old cicadas are kicking off 'Swarmageddon' in North Carolina

People are getting all twitchy about the bugs that are coming out in New York and New Jersey after a 17-year buildup, but when it comes to cicadas, Billy Tesh is seeing the real deal in North Carolina.<p>"I was so excited," Tesh told NBC News from Greensboro, where he runs a company called Pest …

Carbon dioxide passes symbolic mark

<b>Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have broken through a symbolic mark.</b><p>Daily measurements of CO2 at a US government agency lab on Hawaii have topped 400 parts per million for the first time.<p>The station, which sits on the Mauna Loa volcano, feeds its numbers into a continuous record of the …

Climate Change

Fungus network lets plants alert each other to defend themselves against aphid attacks

Underground fungus and plants have long been known to have a mutually beneficial relationship — mycorrhizal fungi delivers nutrients to plants, and the plants give carbon back in exchange. Now, a new study published in <i>Ecology Letters</i> shows in addition to that tradeoff, the mycorrhizal fungus …

The Plight of the Honeybee

Billions of dollars—and a way of life—ride on saving pollinators.<p><i>Part of our weekly "In Focus" series—stepping back, looking closer.</i><p><b>Bees are back in the news this spring, if not back in fields pollinating this summer's crops. The European Union (EU) has announced that it will ban, for two years,</b> …

Science Weekly podcast: life in a random universe

On this edition of the show Alok Jha meets Brian Clegg to discuss his latest book Dice World: Science and Life in a Random Universe. Brian is a …