Reed Crook

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Absurd Creature of the Week: This Parasite Eats a Fish's Tongue — And Takes Its Place

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A fish walks into a bar and takes a seat. The bartender asks what he wants to drink, but the fish doesn’t …

Fish fossil yields jaw-dropping data on Man's past

<b>AFP</b><p><b>Wednesday, September 25, 2013 5:45 PM GMT</b><p>The ancestor of all creatures with jaws and a backbone was not a sleek, shark-like beast but a toothless, …

Studies Show Animals Feel Pain, Sometimes Cry

By Amanda Just | September 19, 2013<p><i>The current article you are reading does not reflect the views of the current editors and contributors of the new</i> …

Just Like a Lot of Humans, Coelacanths are Mostly Monogamous and Don’t Mate With Relatives

German scientists have been hard at work analyzing the genetic makeup of coelacanth offspring to learn more bout their mating patterns. What they …

Evolutionary 'Big Bang' Was Triggered by Multiple Events

The Cambrian explosion, the evolutionary "big bang" that led to the emergence of a trove of complex life forms, was caused by multiple events, …

True colors: Female squid have 2 ways to switch color, according to a UCSB study

19.09.2013<p>The female common market squid –– AKA Doryteuthis opalescens –– may not be so common after all. Researchers at UC Santa Barbara have …

Rosalind Franklin: Biography & Discovery of DNA Structure

Many people recall that the structure of the DNA molecule has the shape of a double helix. Some may even recall the names of the scientists who won …

Four new species of legless lizards discovered in California

Four previously unknown species of snakelike creatures have been found in California — but don't call them snakes; they're legless lizards. Prior to …

30 Foods & Herbs with Natural Antibiotic Properties | Care2 Healthy Living

In herbology, antibiotic-like foods are called <i>astringent—</i>meaning natural blood cleansers. The word anti (<i>against</i>)-biotic (<i>life)</i> refers to a list of …

Got rhythm? Study ties ability to keep beat with language, reading skills

Rhythm may not come naturally to some people. A new study suggests those people might not be great talkers either.<p>Scientists studied a group of high …

Strange Translucent Snail Discovered 3,000 Feet Below Ground

An odd new species of snail, with a translucent shell, was found about 3,000 feet underground in a Croatian cave.<p>This new kind of snail appears to be blind, but seeing isn't a very important sense when you live in a dark underground cave. The snail was found in one of the deepest caves on Earth.<p>It …

Zoology

Q. Why is it so hard to swat a housefly? A. It sees you coming in slow motion

Trying to swat a fly is like trying to shoot Keanu Reeves in The Matrix because time appears to move more slowly in the minds of smaller animals, a …

How the diminutive zebrafish is having a big impact on medical research

It begins with sex on the beach. Pairs of zebrafish separate from the rest of their shoal and move into shallower and shallower water, continuing to cavort around each other in rapid, darting movements. When the female reaches ground that is only a couple of centimetres below the waterline, a …

Mortal combat: Unique duelling dinosaur fossil could be lost to science when it is auctioned for up to £6m

One of the rarest and most expensive dinosaur fossils, comprising a pair of dueling dinosaurs that died in mortal combat some 67 million years ago, …

Woolly mammoths became extinct because of climate change – not hunting

DNA research on frozen woolly mammoths has found evidence which suggests climate change had a far more significant impact on the animals’ extinction …

How to blow up a pterosaur

Pick up comparably sized bones of a bird and a mammal, and the latter will weigh a lot more than the former. Both actually have hollow bones, but although the major bones of the tetrapods (the amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals) have a hollow core, in birds the walls of the bone are very thin …

Fruit should be eaten, not drunk

Apples and blueberries stand out in a long-term study of diabetes risk<p>A study published by the BMJ this week affirms one piece of conventional wisdom — that eating fruit is highly beneficial to your health — while refuting another — that fruit juice is just as good as the unprocessed stuff. …

Why honey is the only food that doesn't go bad

Honey is magic. Besides its delicious taste, it's pretty much the only food that does not spoil while in an edible state. But why, exactly, doesn't …

Life on Earth came from Mars, study suggests

Were our earliest ancestors Martians? A new study suggests that all life on Earth may have originated on the Red Planet, the BBC reports. That's …

Ancient Fish Downsized But Still Largest Ever

Once thought to be 90 feet long, the fish is now a more modest 26 to 55 feet.<p><b>Of all the fish to ever swim in the seas, Leedsichthys problematicus may be the record-holder for the world's largest. But as the Jurassic plankton-feeder's species name suggests, Leedsichthys is a problematic fish.</b><p>Working …

A bigger fish for palaeontogists to fry…

An international team of scientists has uncovered the remains of the world's largest fish. The 50ft <i>Leedsichthys problematicus</i> swam the oceans of the Jurassic era more than 160m years ago, sweeping up shoals of plankton through giant, mesh-covered gills. <i>Leedsichthys</i> was eventually wiped out by the …

How to Set ISO to Get Pictures Rightly Exposed Without Noise

Advertisement<p><b>How to set ISO to get pictures rightly exposed without noise is one of the commonly asked question among any type of Digital Camera …

'Fountain of youth' for leaves discovered

What plant scientists call senescence, consumers experience as wilted produce and overripe fruit. A team led by Cornell horticulture professor …

Healthy Recipes: 8 Delicious Expert-Recommended Smoothies (Photos) | Washingtonian

Summer may be winding down (uh, where did August go?), but we still have some time to eat as many seasonal fruits and veggies as we can. The easiest …

North Atlantic Killer Whales May Be Branching Into Two Species

(Click to enlarge) Two from one. North Atlantic killer whales may split into two species. (Credit: Andy Foote)<p><b>Killer whales (Orcinus orca) can be</b> …

Roasted Tomato Soup with Corn Salsa - David Lebovitz

1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF (200ºC).<p>2. Cut the tomatoes in half horizontally and squeeze out the seeds. Toss the tomatoes with the olive oil and …

Genes from the father build the placenta

<b>CORNELL (US) —</b> Placentas support the fetus and mother, but new research with horses, mules, and donkeys confirms that the father provides the genetic …

Tiny fish widens false eye on fins to distract predators

A science team in Australia has the first clear evidence that damsel fish can change the size of both a false eye and their real eye to maximize …

Fishing