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In Cities, Wildlife Evolves Astonishingly Fast

Animals, plants, and insects adapt to the extreme urban environment—and even to specific subway lines.<p>Most naturalists turn up their noses at cities, regarding them as anti-nature—sterile wastelands of concrete and steel. But evolutionary biologist Menno Schilthuizen, author of <i>Darwin Comes to Town</i>, …

Biology

Joanna Gaines Wishes You Would Cut Back on This One Ingredient in Chocolate Chip Cookies

When it comes to chocolate chip cookies, we are a big fan of Joanna Gaines' sage wisdom: "Depending on what you’re in the mood for, you can add ½ cup …

Dessert

Archaea vs bacteria

The tree of life, which depicts how life has evolved and diversified on the planet, is getting a lot more complicated.<p>Researchers at UC Berkeley, who …

Biology

Scientists Find a Crucial New Role For DNA We Once Considered Junk

We were so wrong.<p>Researchers have determined how satellite DNA, considered to be "junk DNA", plays a crucial role in holding the genome …

Prebiotic Soup--Revisiting the Miller Experiment

“<b>I</b>sn't life wonderful?” sang Alma Cogan and Les Howard in their almost forgotten 1953 hit. That same year, Stanley L. Miller raised the hopes of …

Even one night of bad sleep causes dangerous changes in your brain, a new study found

One of the most important things that happens when we drift off at night is a cleansing process: sleep helps remove toxins from the human brain.<p>Scientists recently found that even one night of sleep deprivation causes the buildup of a kind of protein that's known to make up the plaque that …

Dementia

Thoreau's Beloved Walden Pond is Being Destroyed by Urinating Swimmers

"I think he would be sorry to see it teetering on the brink of being loved to death."<p>When Henry David Thoreau’s attempt to simplify his life took him …

Scientists Discover a Tiny Stomach Hidden Inside Lung Tumours, Because Cancer Is Changing

"Cancer cells will do whatever it takes to survive."<p>Researchers recently spotted a miniature stomach, duodenum, and small intestine hidden among the …

Why Did Sterile Salt Water Become The IV Fluid Of Choice?

During a recent walk around the emergency room where I work, I noted the number of patients with bags of intravenous fluids hanging above them. Almost everyone had one.<p>Our ER in Boston isn't unique. IV fluids are among the most common medical interventions worldwide. Several kinds are available, …

Medicine

Exactly How to Make Melting Potatoes, the Trend That’s Taking Over Pinterest

Potatoes, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways. We’re all about mashing, smashing and even Hasselbacking. That’s why we were excited to read …

Impacts of mussel invasions on the prey preference of two native predators | Behavioral Ecology

Biotic invasions can result in the displacement of native species. This can alter the availability of native prey and the choices made by native …

Why Do Whales Get So Big? Science May Have an Answer.

Marine mammals have evolved their whopping size for a reason—and it's not what we expected.<p>Land mammals can get plenty big, but to find the planet’s true giants, you'll have to take to the seas.<p>In a new study, scientists show why that is. Marine mammals "have to find a happy medium between getting …

These fish build group homes that double as devious shrimp traps

Teamwork is dreamwork.<p>A small, mysterious creature found only in a single lake in Zambia has become the first known case of a fish that uses teamwork to trap prey.<p><i>Neolamprologus obscurus</i> lives in groups that dig out little refuges under the rocks at the bottom of Lake Tanganyika. These crevices may …

Research

'Drones stand no chance' as WA's birds of prey defend their skies

They're known as birds of prey. But a swifter title is raptor, from the Latin <i>rapere</i><i>:</i> to snatch, grab, abduct.<p>Evolution has gifted raptors with …

This Animal Grows a Temporary 'Mohawk' to Impress Females

Male great crested newts go to extreme lengths during mating season.<p>Most of us spiff ourselves up when we're looking for love.<p>But some males in the animal kingdom go a lot farther than a bit of extra grooming, drastically changing their physical appearance to catch the attention of females. Male …

The Evolution Of Animal Genitalia

Unless you're a biologist or a bit of a freak you probably don't spare much thought to how animal genitalia has evolved over the centuries, but it …

Scientists Have Finally Figured Out Why Babies Kick in the Womb

They're not just saying hello.<p>It’s easy to confuse the phenomenon for a bad case of gas, but moms-to-be start feeling flutters and waves in their …

Pregnancy

Making babies nature's way

Some species try to have the best of both worlds.

Biological Species

How one child's sickle cell mutation helped protect the world from malaria

Thousands of years ago, a special child was born in the Sahara. At the time, this was not a desert; it was a green belt of savannas, woodlands, lakes …

These Flavorful Slow-Cooked Chicken Recipes Are the Easiest Healthy Meal Plan

When you return home from a long day at work, worn out and resisting the urge to promptly pass out on your couch, a pre-made dinner—heated up and …

What is biodiversity and why does it matter to us?

<b>What is biodiversity?</b><p>It is the variety of life on Earth, in all its forms and all its interactions. If that sounds bewilderingly broad, that’s because it is. Biodiversity is the most complex feature of our planet and it is the most vital. “Without biodiversity, there is no future for humanity,” …

Biodiversity

Everyone with the sickle cell gene mutation descended from the same ancestor 7,300 years ago

A one-time gene mutation in a West African human millennia ago gave them immunity to malaria and doomed some of their descendants to sickle cell anaemia, according to new research.<p>Today, about 300,000 children are born with sickle cell anaemia every year, with that number expected to rise to …

Chocolate Lover Dream Pound Cake Recipe

This chocolate lover dream pound cake with creamy chocolate ganache is the best pound cake that I ever tried! Rich, chocolatey, well moist chocolate …

The Same Spider Seemed to Evolve Over and Over Again in Hawaii

There are 14 different species, but they're all pretty much the same.<p>The Hawaiian islands are the world’s most isolated landmass, approximately 2,361 …

How One Child’s Sickle Cell Mutation Helped Protect the World From Malaria

Thousands of years ago, a special child was born in the Sahara. At the time, this was not a desert; it was a green belt of savannas, woodlands, lakes and rivers. Bands of hunter-gatherers thrived there, catching fish and spearing hippos.<p>A genetic mutation had altered the child’s hemoglobin, the …

Genetic Engineering

Crusty Baked Shells & Cauliflower

Even sautéed cauliflower feels decadant in this cheesy-crunchy baked pasta from Ina Garten. Be careful not to overcook your pasta, as it will …

Cooking

30 Movies from the Past 10 Years Everyone Should Watch at Least Once

Movie night, here we come.<p>If you’re looking for great movies, look no further. I’ve compiled a list of fantastic films from the past ten …

Country Lifestyle

How Cells Pack Tangled DNA Into Neat Chromosomes

A human cell carries in its nucleus two meters of spiraling DNA, split up among the 46 slender, double-helical molecules that are its chromosomes. …

Earth's First Land Plants May Have Sprouted 80 Million Years Earlier Than Previously Thought

For hundreds of millions of years, life on Earth was a purely aquatic phenomenon. The jump from the oceans to the continents was a monumental event, …

Suffer from tinnitus? This might bring you relief

People with tinnitus typically hear a ringing or buzzing sound that nobody else seems to notice. The constant noise can be debilitating in worst-case …