Ken O Mahony

12 Flips | 1 Magazine | @kenmahony1 | Keep up with Ken O Mahony on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Ken O Mahony”

A Chronicle of a Whale's Life, Captured in Earwax

Tree rings can tell a story about the environmental conditions a tree faced over its lifetime. Similarly, plugs of blue whale earwax can provide information on the mammal's heath, chronicling pesticide exposure, stress levels, sexual maturity, and more. Sascha Usenko and Stephen Trumble of Baylor …

Wired microbes turn sewage into electricity

A new way to generate electricity from sewage uses naturally occurring “wired microbes” as mini power plants to produce electricity as they digest …

4 New Legless Lizards Discovered In California

They're not snakes. One species lives right by LAX.<p>You always knew there was something creepy about LAX. Now, a pair of researchers has discovered four new species of legless lizards—technically not snakes—one of which lives underneath the dunes at the end of a runway at Los Angeles's major …

Darwin Wasn't A Complete Chauvinist After All

The man who once called having a wife "better than a dog, anyhow" expressed far more egalitarian views in his private letters.<p>The annals of scientific history are filled with brilliant men who, when push came to shove, weren't exactly super nice guys. Renown evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin, …

10 Credible Mermaid Sightings? (+Videos)

Mermaids have been a subject of fascination for centuries. Cultures from all over the world, that had no contact with each other, have mermaids in …

The First Computer With Leap Motion Gesture Control Built Right In

Leap Motion, the Kinect-like gesture control system we profiled here, is super exciting; it measures gestures to the hundredth of a millimeter, and works on any computer. They're working their way up to shipping the device as an accessory, but they've also partnered with HP for something a little …

Black Widow Spider Fan Gets Dangerously Close To His Subject

The first time Jackson Landers spotted a black widow spider on his front porch, he was transfixed. The nature writer grew curious about the poisonous arachnids and even kept one as a pet in a jar for months.<p>"When you're confronted by this deadly, venomous thing day after day, you can't help but …

Changing brains: why neuroscience is ending the Prozac era

The big money has moved from developing psychiatric drugs to manipulating our brain networks<p>The psychiatric drug age may have reached its peak. Although mind-altering medications are being prescribed in record numbers, signs of a radically new approach to understanding and treating mental illness …

How To Make A Beach Clean Itself

Redirecting runoff underground could make for a much more pleasant day at the beach<p>In 2011, water pollution closed or drove visitors away from U.S. shores on more than 15,000 beach days across the country. In many places, the problem is getting worse. As coastal towns crowd with rooftops and …

Telegraph logo

Long-range forecast: sunny spell will wipe out life on Earth

If the end of the summer, the short, cold days, and party conference season were not enough to bring on the gloom, scientists have calculated when life on Earth must come to an end.<p>In a report that manufacturers of diaries may wish to note, researchers worked out when the sun will grow so warm that …

Stephen Hawking: brain could exist outside body

Stephen Hawking has said he believes brains could exist independently of the body, but that the idea of a conventional afterlife is a fairy tale.<p>Speaking at the premiere of a documentary film about his life, the theoretical physicist said: "I think the brain is like a program in the mind, which is …