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Five awesome BIG bee faces

Get face-to-face with these awesome bees. USGS macro photos of bees and insects.<p>The USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab has posted hundreds of …

Nature

Dark Skin May Have Evolved to Protect Against Skin Cancer

Darwin and others said skin cancer couldn't influence the evolution of skin color. A new study makes the case that it did.<p>When it comes to skin color, the idea that we're really all the same isn't just a utopian dream. A look at skin cancer from an evolutionary perspective suggests that maybe once …

Squids And Other Invertebrates Can Probably Feel Pain

The ghost of calamari past...<p>Do animals without backbones, such as squids, crabs, and lobsters, feel pain? New research suggests they do.<p>Evolutionary neurobiologist Robyn Crook and colleagues at the University of Texas Health Science Center have recently shown that cephalopods (a group including …

Zoology

Speaking proper: does it matter if we can't pronounce mispronunciation?

For years, I used to think the film reviewer's genre term "biopic" was stressed on the second syllable. You know, like bionic? Only when I at last heard it spoken on the radio as "bio-pic" did I make the connection: oh right, it's a portmanteau of "biographical picture"! Everyone's word-wrangling …

The Secret To Better Teeth Found In Beer Breweries

On St. Patrick’s Day, millions of people worldwide will raise their beer glasses and offer a cheer to the patron saint of Ireland in hopes of better fortunes in the future. While the majority of toasts will involve personal happiness, friendship and wealth, there is another blessing that could come …

Beer

Seven New Species of Nearctic Wasps Discovered

Scientists have discovered seven new species of Nearctic wasps. They were found among specimens in collections in the United States National Museum …

This Frog Just Wants Love. Instead He Gets The Kiss of Death From A Bat

Poor tiny túngara frog just wants to find a lover. Sitting in the prettiest pond-shallow he can find, he whines and chucks repeatedly, inflating his vocal sac into a painful-looking, swollen balloon. With each tun-gara sound, his balloon swells into the water, producing ripples that spread away …

Zoology

Can Vowels Make or Break a Brand Name?

A simple shift in a vowel’s sound can change the way people think and make decisions about objects—leading to a greater connection between a brand …

University of Toronto

Pig Virus Continues To Spread, Raising Fears Of Pricier Bacon

Pork producers across the country are grappling with a virus that's going after piglets. Livestock economists estimate the porcine epidemic diarrhea, or PED, virus has already killed about 1 million baby pigs in the U.S. since it was first found in Iowa last spring.<p>Canada reported its first case …

On the Probability of Aliens Dressed as Nuns Visiting Las Vegas

It’s not enough for a whistleblower to reveal that the United States government has been secretly running a vast operation spying on the American public and on other governments – some conspiracy theorists are simply determined to believe the impossible. With that in mind, gaze upon the remarkable …

Las Vegas

Dwarf planet Ceres is spewing water into space

Scientists have speculated for decades that Ceres — the planet-like heavenly body embedded in our solar system's asteroid belt — might contain water, still considered a rarity in our solar system. They haven't been sure, though, until now: researchers at the European Space Agency and the …

Stephen Hawking Says There Are No Black Holes

The physicist offers a new theory that allows energy to escape.<p>Stephen Hawking has a big announcement. No, it's not that aliens exist or that humans won't survive another 1,000 years on Earth. The physicist claims, in a paper posted online Wednesday, that the idea of an event horizon—the point of …

Stephen Hawking

The changing face of psychology

In 1959, an American researcher named Ted Sterling reported something disturbing. Of 294 articles published across four major psychology journals, 286 had reported positive results – that is, a staggering 97% of published papers were underpinned by statistically significant effects. Where, he …

Which hiccup remedies really work?

From holding your breath to far stranger and ruder tricks – how can you get rid of hiccups yourself and why do these methods work? Claudia Hammond investigates.<p>The moment you get hiccups, every person will immediately propose their own suggestion for the best way of getting rid of them, whether …

10 Things in Nature That Are Not the Color You'd Expect

Blue lava? A blood-red waterfall? The natural world is full of surprises. If you think you've finally figured out Mother Nature, think again.<p>Blue lava? A blood-red waterfall? The natural world is full of surprises. If you think you've finally figured out Mother Nature, think again.