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How to make petrol with bacteria

Scientists have found a way of harnessing bacteria found in our stomachs to make petrol<p>Researchers in South Korea have harnessed the <i>Escherichia coli</i> bacteria that help us to digest food – and sometimes cause food poisoning – to produce a replacement for petrol from fossil fuels.<p>As this video from …

Biology

Brain cells turn male flies into fighters - Futurity

Male fruit flies fight more than females because they have special cells in their brains that promote aggressive behavior, a new study finds.

Research

Rock turns into soil at a 'shockingly fast' pace - Futurity

New measurements from steep mountaintops in New Zealand show that rock can transform into soil more than twice as fast as previously believed …

Soil

What's inside that egg?

Have you ever wondered about the development of a bird embryo inside an egg?<p>A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg.<br>~~ Samuel Butler (1835 – 1902)<p>Today is caturday, so you know what that means! Let's watch a video!<p>Inspired both by countless early morning birdwatching trips as well as by …

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 …

Royal Society

Johnson & Johnson has removed formaldehyde from its baby shampoo

Johnson & Johnson's popular "No More Tears" baby shampoo can now claim yet another "no more" to its title: formaldehyde. The company told <i>the New York Times</i> that as of this month, it's created a entirely new formula for its signature shampoo, sold under the label "improved formula," that eliminates …

New to Nature No 117: Timorus sarcophagoides

South America's first fly-mimicking weevil convinces in both appearance and behaviour<p>A new species of weevil from Brazil is a pretty convincing mimic of a flesh fly of the family <i>Sarcophagidae</i>. <i>Timorus sarcophagoides</i> has large reddish spots on its thorax that look from a distance like the red eyes of …

Why we want to spend the rest of our lives on Mars

The Mars One project aims to establish a human colony on the red planet by 2025. We speak to three Britons who have been longlisted to be one of the first four colonists<p>Since its announcement in May 2012, the Mars One project hasn't had an easy ride. Critics have questioned all aspects, from the …

An Infection Turns Swarming Locusts Into Solitary Grasshoppers, Study Finds

It's as if eating an undercooked hamburger could transform a human hardcore partier into a hermit.<p>The difference between a locust and a grasshopper is at once great and maybe much, much less than you'd think. I'll let this <i>Aeon</i> magazine article explain:<p>At the front of the room, a bug-obsessed …

Insects

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 …

Nature Communications

Fruit juice should not be part of your five a day, says government adviser

Fruit juice has as much sugar as many soft drinks and should be removed from five-a-day guidance, says obesity expert<p>An adviser to the government on obesity has called for fruit juice to be removed from the recommended list of five-a-day portions of fruit or vegetables, saying it contains as much …

Hidden universe of fish biofluorescence revealed

Scientists discover hidden biofluorescent universe on coral reefs with the use of cameras equipped with special light filters.<p>Among vibrantly colored …

Fish

Why Do You Hate the Sound of Your Own Voice?

“We hate it because it is so foreign,” said Dr. William Cullinan, dean of the College of Health Sciences at Marquette University in Wisconsin.<p>You …

Singularity: The robots are coming to steal our jobs

<b>If you worry that the robots are coming, don't, because they are already here.</b><p>Artificial intelligence agents are already involved in every aspect of our lives - they keep our inboxes free of spam, they help us make our web transactions, they fly our planes and if Google gets its way will also soon …

Mysterious Ferret Thefts Roil Southern England

For some reason, people are stealing English ferrets, which are used to hunt rabbits.<p>There are many things that are important to keep an eye on to prevent theft, such as your wallet, phone... and your ferrets. Throughout rural southern England over the past two years, there's been a rise in the …

Coffee may boost brain's ability to store long-term memories, study claims

People who had caffeine after looking at images apparently better at distinguishing them from similar ones the next day<p>A cup or two of coffee could boost the brain's ability to store long-term memories, researchers in the US claim. People who had a shot of caffeine after looking at a series of …

Super-Earths: Planets Likely Have Stable Climate Similar to Earth's

Super-Earths, massive planets that have been discovered both in and outside the Milky Way, have been found to have a climate more like Earth’s than …

Universe

Ice Diamond, Iceland

Photos

Under-the-radar India

From intricate textiles and ancient temples to salt plains and rare wildlife, the western state of Gujarat has as much to offer as its more popular neighbours, Rajasthan and Mumbai.<p>With so many travellers veering either to Gujarat’s northern neighbour Rajasthan or Mumbai to the south, the …

India

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