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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 …Monkeys
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, …Morphine
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 …Insects
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. …Robots
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
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 …Feathers
These clothes by Dutch designer Jeffrey Heiligers are structured to correct poor posture caused by slouching while typing.To create a solution to …Clothing
'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 …Zoology
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 …England
Dutch designer Pauline van Dongen has created an illuminated garment using LEDs and foil, designed to improve safety for runners on public roads and …Clothing
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 …Furniture
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
Previously associated with your grandmother's living room or that one scene from Garden State, wallpaper has been making a decorating resurgence these …NASA
The influence of Chinese culture on fashion design is examined through garments by Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Lauren, John Galliano and more in an …Asia
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 …Zoology
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 …Printing
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 …Animals
Tomorrow sees the launch of Phoebe English’s first venture into an art gallery space as she opens her new exhibition, Floating, Falling, Drowning, …Art
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.
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
Ever since testing on animals fell out of fashion, cosmetic companies have struggled to discover ethical ways to test new products. Recently, L’Oreal …3D
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 …
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
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 …Octopuses
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
We have also learned that elephants in and around the Torosei, Elangata Wuas, Lorngosua and Meto group (represented in the charts through the data …Environment
"Study Links Record Dolphin Die-Off In The Gulf Of Mexico To Deepwater Horizon Spill"
Exposure to oil and …Mexico