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Monkeys Provide Clues to How Tool Use Developed

Before human ancestors started making stone tools by chipping off flakes to fashion hand axes and other implements, their ancestors may have used plain old stones, as animals do now. And even that simple step required the intelligence to see that a rock could be used to smash open a nut or an …


Brew: Scientists Tweak Yeast to Grow Morphine

Researchers have figured out how to get yeast to produce morphine, codeine and other similar drugs and have immediately urged regulators to control these drug-brewing yeasts before people start trying to make them at home.

They genetically engineered simple brewer's yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, …


Do Bugs Sleep? Why They're Surprisingly Similar to People

Some insects, like honeybees and fruit flies, slumber just like us—and can get sloppy without their Zzzs, research shows.

Sleep seems obvious, especially when you hear your roommate snoring away like a didgeridoo.

But for some animals, it's a little harder to tell who's in dreamland.

For this …


Brain-Controlled Bionic Legs Are Finally Here

No, really. Amputees have been testing them for over a year

For a full decade, Gudmundur Olafsson was unable to move his right ankle. That's because it wasn't there. Olafsson's amputated lower leg was the delayed casualty of an accident from his childhood in Iceland, when he was hit by an oil truck. …


Brain implant controls robotic arm - with the power of thought

Erik Sorto, a 34-year old American, has been unable to move his arms or legs for more than a decade, since a gunshot wound left him paralysed from the neck down. Even now, he misses the little things.

“I want to be able to drink my own beer - to be able to take a drink at my own pace, when I want to …

The Brain

Gorgeous Photos Highlight Beautiful Intricacies of Birds’ Feathers

As we’ve admired many times before, birds are wondrous, beautiful creatures. And in this series titled Birds, fashion photographer Thomas Lohr shows off their gorgeous plumage. He focuses on tightly-cropped, up-close shots of feathers, and he captures a variety of colors, textures, and movements …


Jeffrey Heiligers tailors Posture garments to prevent hunched backs

These clothes by Dutch designer Jeffrey Heiligers are structured to correct poor posture caused by slouching while typing.To create a solution to …


'Cherax (Astaconephrops) Pulcher', A Newly Described Species of Brightly Colored Crayfish Found in Indonesia

Cherax (Astaconephrops) pulcher is a newly described species of brightly colored crayfish found in Indonesia. The paper describing the species was …


Duck Lanes Are Installed on Towpaths Along Waterways in England for Safety Awareness Campaign

Towpaths in London, Birmingham, and Manchester recently got a new paint job with the addition of duck lanes. The Canal & River Trust—a charity group …


Phototrope shirt lights up with LEDs for safe running at night

Dutch designer Pauline van Dongen has created an illuminated garment using LEDs and foil, designed to improve safety for runners on public roads and …


Nucleo experiments with resin to create furniture

New York 2015: referencing geology and the passage of time, Italian design group Nucleo's resin furniture for the Ammann Gallery was shown at New …


How 3-D Mapping Software Could Help Save Coral Reefs

Marine scientists are finally graduating from tape measures into the world of 3-D modeling.

Covering just .1% of the ocean floor and supporting an astonishing 25% of all marine life, coral reefs are crucial to maintaining Earth's biodiversity. Climate change and pollution threaten many coral reefs, …

Coral Reefs

Transforming NASA Imagery Into an Otherworldly Wallpaper Line

Previously associated with your grandmother's living room or that one scene from Garden State, wallpaper has been making a decorating resurgence these …


Met exhibition highlights fashion's obsession with Chinese arts

The influence of Chinese culture on fashion design is examined through garments by Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Lauren, John Galliano and more in an …


When Birds Squawk, Other Species Seem to Listen

MISSOULA, Mont. — In the backyard of a woodsy home outside this college town, small birds — black-capped chickadees, mountain chickadees, red-breasted nuthatches — flitted to and from the yard’s feeder. They were oblivious to a curious stand nearby, topped by a curtain that was painted to resemble …


Plankton Chronicles- Velella

Electroloom Is A 3D Fabric Printer In The Making

3D printing is pushing into all sorts of areas, allowing for rapid prototyping of plastic and metal components, circuit boards and even putting putting an alternative spin on food production — or offering a lower cost way to construct living tissue structures for drug testing. Well here’s another …


Birds Win 'Fundamental Right' Not To Be Caged

Birds have rights to "live with dignity" and to be free from the pain of being kept in cages, a High Court in India has ruled.

An animal rights …


The meaning of #biophilicdesign. @Oliver_Heath #CDW2015

Floating, Falling, Drowning, Flying with Phoebe English

Tomorrow sees the launch of Phoebe English’s first venture into an art gallery space as she opens her new exhibition, Floating, Falling, Drowning,


PETA's Launched Its Own Line of Faux-Leather Shoes

PETA's never been shy about letting the fashion world know it would prefer animal by-products like fur and leather not be used for clothing and accessories. Now it's offering up an alternative of its very own, partnering with M4D3 on a line of vegan leather slip-on espadrilles.

"Creating …


Stone Tool Discovery Predates Homo Sapiens by Millions of Years

The Homo genus likely wasn't the first maker of stone tools

Some staggeringly old stone tools were found in the Turkana region of Kenya, according to a new study out today. They're so old, in fact, that Homo erectus (the species before our own Homo sapiens) wasn't even on the scene when they were …

Homo Sapiens

L’Oreal Plans to Produce 3D Printed Human Skin For Product Testing

Ever since testing on animals fell out of fashion, cosmetic companies have struggled to discover ethical ways to test new products. Recently, L’Oreal …


The Science of the One-Inch Punch

Physiology and neuroscience combine to explain Bruce Lee's master move.

Forget all those broken boards and crumbled concrete slabs. No feat of martial arts is more impressive than Bruce Lee's famous strike, the one-inch punch. From a single inch away, Lee was able to muster an explosive blow that …

The octopus can see with its skin

Octopuses are well known for changing the colour, patterning, and texture of their skin to blend into their surroundings and send signals to each other, an ability that makes them both the envy of, and inspiration for, army engineers trying to develop cloaking devices. As if that wasn’t already …


Octopuses 'See' Through Their Skin and Camouflage Accordingly

Cephalopods? More like see-phalopods

The octopus' clever camouflaging ability has been known for years, but the mechanics of it have been little understood. They can change the pigment in their skin almost instantaneously to reflect the environment around them. Two studies to be published in the …


Scientists Sample the Ocean and Find Tiny Additions to the Tree of Life

Climate change scientists have known for years that rising temperatures affect sea creatures, from the biggest fish to the microscopic plankton at the base of the ocean food chain.

Now, a four-year expedition that sampled microbes from across the world’s oceans is bringing the mechanisms of that …

Scientific Research

How Habitat Loss Puts Endangered Elephants at Risk of Human Conflict

We have also learned that elephants in and around the Torosei, Elangata Wuas, Lorngosua and Meto group (represented in the charts through the data …


Study Links Record Dolphin Die-Off In The Gulf Of Mexico To Deepwater Horizon Spill

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