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Researchers find coral reefs at risk when sharks overfished

“The whole food chain is being thrown out of whack … This means that the reef has far less resilience, which is a real worry.” – Mark Meekan<p>When …

Watch: The Best Science Vines

Amazing science videos, in six-second bites.<p>On August 15th, GE put forth a call: make the best science-themed Vine video you can. Vines are short, 6-second clips, often looping, made with a simple app and very little editing features. Pause and record are pretty much all you get. But the responses …

Meteoric career rise: Meet the female space scientist who's trying to discover the origin of life

Dr Zita Martins gave up her dream of becoming a ballet dancer to pursue a career as a space scientist. Helena Pozniak meets the woman working in the male-dominated field of astrobiology.<p>Every day, Dr Zita Martins wakes with butterflies in her stomach. “I feel that thrill, that passion that makes me …

Live: watch a robot explore the weird ocean life inside Earth's final frontier

Exploring unknown areas typically conveys thoughts of deep space travel, but there are plenty of regions here on Earth that have been unexplored by modern humans. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's ship Okeanos Explorer and its robotic submarine is crawling the floor of the …

Watch A 3-D Printed Robot Slide Under Doors

The Sprawl Tuned Autonomous Robot is also pretty good at pool.<p>Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley's Biomimetic Millisystems Lab created the Sprawl Tuned Autonomous Robot, a 3-D printed insectoid 'bot that can crawl under doors, limbo-style.<p>STAR, for short, can extend or detract …

FYI: What Is The Evolutionary Purpose Of Tickling?

You probably know that you can't tickle yourself. And although you might be able to tickle a total stranger, your brain also strongly discourages you from doing something so socially awkward. These facts offer insight into tickling's evolutionary purpose, says Robert R. Provine, a neuroscientist at …

Language boosts invisible objects into visual awareness

The philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein famously said that, "the limits of my language mean the limits of my world," meaning that we can only understand the world through the language we use, and that if our language does not include words for some particular idea or concept, then that concept cannot …

Researchers Successfully Implant Mice With False Memories

So it is possible.<p>Call it cool or just plain creepy: Memory researchers from U.S. and Japan have, for the first time, implanted false memories into a lab animal.<p>The researchers made mice believe that they had once received electrical shocks in their feet while sitting in a certain little chamber, …

Don't Blame Your Lousy Night's Sleep On The Moon — Yet

From madness to seizures, to crime and lack of sleep, people have long blamed the full moon for a range of problems. Research, on the other hand, has found little evidence over the years to support these anecdotal accounts of the moon's powers over the human body and brain.<p>But scientists in …

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18 Disney Movies That Were Never Made

In an alternate universe, instead of being utterly obsessed with <i>Tangled</i> and <i>The Jungle Book</i>, my daughter would be repeatedly watching <i>Louis the Bear</i> …

Could cocoa tame obesity’s inflammation

<b>PENN STATE (US) —</b> Feeding mice cocoa powder lowers inflammation, a condition linked to obesity and diseases such as diabetes.<p>Mice that were fed the …

The fastest-evolving fish on the planet

<b>U. MICHIGAN (US) —</b> Often called “living fossils,” the prehistoric-looking sturgeon are actually evolving very quickly when it comes to body …

NASA Is Building An Intergalactic GPS

For your next family trip to Mars<p>You're probably already used to getting great GPS coverage in many of the places you visit. Now get ready for GPS in space. NASA is working to build a navigation system that would work anywhere in our solar system and beyond, IEEE Spectrum reported.<p>Spacecraft now …

FYI: How Does Chewing Gum Freshen Breath?

And which gum gives you the sweetest-smelling breath?<p>You're driving home from a first date, and it went great: You didn't sweat too much, your jokes worked 50 percent of the time, and she didn't get an "emergency phone call" in the middle of dinner. Only one thing stands in the way of your …