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Chemistry set pencils can turn life-saving tests into child’s play

This piece was first published on The Conversation

If you’ve ever sat opposite a doctor and wondered what she was scribbling on her notepad, the answer may soon not only be medical notes on your condition, but real-time chemical preparations for an instant diagnostic test.

Thanks to the work of a …


Those puppy-dog eyes trigger chemical connection with humans

The long, loving gazes. The ritualized, often high-pitched, expressions of affection. The heroic self-sacrifice one would readily endure for the other.

What is it about the bond between human and dog that is not like the relationship between parent and child?

Now science offers a new explanation for …


This Robotic Hand Is Inspired By A Chameleon’s Tongue

The FlexShapeGripper is like your very own chameleon tongue, except it can pick up much more than insects.

For creatures without opposable thumbs, chameleons are exceptionally good at reaching out and grabbing things. That's thanks to their very special tongues. At one and a half times a chameleon's …


Raw & Rendered: Experimental 3D Artworks by Joey Camacho

In early 2014, Vancouver-based graphic artist Joey Camacho set out to learn more about rendering images using Cinema 4D and Octane Render, with the …


Beautiful Winged Insects Made of Discarded Circuit Boards

Portsmouth, UK-based artist Julie Alice Chappell creates beautiful miniature sculptures of insects using circuit boards found inside discarded electronics. "My art practice involves breaking down the pre-existing materials, reinterpreting them and offering them a new form with new purpose, creating …


Wild chimps take care before crossing the road

Ecologist finds shimmery insects more difficult for bird to catch

(—Thomas Pike an ecologist affiliated with both the University of Exeter and the University of Lincoln, both in the U.K. has found that one …


Studying Pollinators With 3D-Printed Flowers

And you thought fake flowers were only for craft stores

Pollinators like honeybees, moths, some birds, and insects are incredibly important to both agriculture and the ecosystem. They play an integral role in the reproductive process of flowering plants--transporting pollen from one flower to the …


How Oil Damages Fish Hearts: Five Years of Research Since the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Scientists with the Ecotoxicology Program at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle have been working to understand those effects. …

Scientific Research

Earth microbe prefers living on meteorites

VIENNA—The microbe above is happier living on meteorites than on Earth. So reported scientists here this week at the annual meeting of the European …


How Mushrooms Can Save the World

Crusading mycologist Paul Stamets says fungi can clean up everything from oil spills to nuclear meltdowns.

By Kenneth Miller|Friday, May 31, …


First-ever photo of rare monkey species proves they're not extinct

Two researchers working in the humid, swampy forests of the Congo captured the first photograph of a monkey species thought by some to have gone extinct. The monkeys, a mother along with her young offspring, are Bouvier's red colobus monkeys, which had not been seen in more than 50 years, according …


Fibrous Pneumaticity

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Chinese scientists create new global wetland suitability map

Wetlands worldwide have been impacted by the expansion of cities and agricultural development. To protect wetlands, increasingly accurate


'Simply amazing' gray whale swims 14,000 miles, breaking world record

There's migrating, and there's migrating.

Using satellite tracking devices, scientists discovered that a western North Pacific gray whale, which is a critically endangered species, traveled nearly 14,000 miles roundtrip from its primary feeding grounds off Russia's Sakhalin Island down to Baja, …


#DropThePlus: Models 1 joins call to end plus-size labelling

Exclusive: one of Europe's biggest modelling agencies comes out in support of the body-positive movement

#DropThePlus' call for get fashion to ditch the term 'plus-size' is growing louder and louder. Ever since Australian model Stefania Ferrario and television host Ajay Rochester came together to …

Coco Rocha

Sperm whale meets deep-sea vehicle

Nautilus Live yesterday posted this wonderful video of the capture of a sperm whale by the ROV Hercules. The ROV – remotely operated underwater …

Sperm Whale

Velella wash ashore by the billions

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The sandy beaches lining the Monterey Bay have a new texture to them this spring as masses of velella wash up dead.

"When they come …


Australia becomes first country to ban lion trophies

Young lion in Kruger National Park in South Africa. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler.

Last month, Australia became the world's first country to ban the …


Project set up to help save East Lancashire's water voles

Updated 9:29am Monday 13th April 2015 in News By Jon Robinson, Reporter

Project set up to help save East Lancashire's water voles

A LESSER-spotted …

Help Free Lolita, the World's Loneliest Orca

Lolita was torn away from her family and natural habitat decades ago, along with several other orcas in Puget Sound who were later sold to marine …


Microbial Factories


Bigger isn’t always better

Humans have relied on microbes for millennia. Yeast brews our beer and raises our bread. Bacteria in our guts keep us …


A Gorgeous Atlas of New York Tree Species

Mapping 592,130 trees right down to trunk size.

Though New York can sometimes seem like a drab warren of chain-link fence and oily pavement, the city actually has an impressive number of trees. On the streets alone—not counting private properties and parks—there were 592,130 at last reckoning, a …


This Water-Harvesting Billboard Doubles As An Urban Farm

It also doubles as genius marketing for a local engineering university in Peru.

When city soil is too polluted to grow fresh vegetables, there may be another way to practice urban farming: Build a hydroponic greenhouse on a billboard.

In Lima, Peru, an experimental billboard sucks humidity out of the …

Urban Agriculture

Blue lights could prevent bird strikes

Bird strikes—the collision between birds and aircraft—are among the most common aviation hazards. They destroy planes, kill people, and, in the …


Behind a Marine Creature’s Bright Green Fluorescent Glow

Fish-like animal emanates bright and dim versions of fluorescent light, a phenomenon that could help guide human biotechnological applications

Pushing …

Why ants don’t get into traffic jams

Rush hour usually brings a stop-and-go nightmare as we inch our way home from the office. But for ants, more traffic doesn’t always lead to a slow …


First images of the UK's beehive-inspired Milan Expo pavilion released

The first photographs of Wolfgang Buttress' UK pavilion for the World Expo 2015 in Milan have emerged, revealing that its structure is now complete …


These Molded Trees Grow Into Fully Formed Chairs, Tables, And Lamps

U.K.-based company Full Grown offers a simpler, more eco-friendly way to manufacture wooden furniture with their forest of chairs and tables.

Making wooden furniture from scratch is a complicated process: you grow a tree for 60 or more years, only to chop it down, peel off its bark, cut it up into …


This Japanese Island is Home to the World's Cutest Animals

This Japanese Island is Home to the World's Cutest Animals This Japanese Island is Home to the World's Cutest AnimalsEver wondered where the …