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If A Fish Grows Up On Land, Will It Learn To Walk?

Flipping your fins actually does get you pretty far.<p>The old idiom about “being a fish out of water” just lost some of its luster. Researchers from McGill University in Canada successfully trained a group of fish to live on land and strut around.<p>The idea was to simulate what might have happened 400 …

Is it OK to torture or murder a robot?

We form such strong emotional bonds with machines that people can’t be cruel to them even though they know they are not alive. So should robots have rights?<p>Kate Darling likes to ask you to do terrible things to cute robots. At a workshop she organised this year, Darling asked people to play with a …

How sleep makes your mind more creative

It’s a tried and tested technique used by writers and poets, but can psychology explain why first moments after waking can be among our most imaginative?<p>It is 6.06am and I’m typing this in my pyjamas. I awoke at 6.04am, walked from the bedroom to the study, switched on my computer and got to work …

Historical photographs get a 'colorized' makeover - in pictures

Do historic photographs look better in colour? The colorizers think so. Skilled digital artists such as Sanna Dullaway and Jordan J Lloyd are keen to remind us that the past was as colourful as the present – and their message is spreading though Reddit and Facebook.<br>• Read Jon Henley on the …

Depression may accelerate the aging process of our cells, study finds

Depression harms more than just the mind: research has linked the ailment with a host of physical conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Now, fascinating new research suggests that depression might also accelerate the aging process at a cellular level.<p>In a study published …

X doesn't mark the spot: real shape of chromosomes revealed

Time to revise the high school biology textbooks: contrary to their typical portrayal as being precisely X-shaped, chromosomes are in fact much more complex — and much messier looking. That's the finding of a new project that relied on DNA sequencing to produce accurate 3D images of chromosomes.<p>A …

Absolutely Stunning Illusion of an Underwater Waterfall

Mauritius is an island nation officially called the Republic of Mauritius, or in French, <i>République de Maurice</i>, located in the Indian Ocean about …

First mind-controlled bionic leg a 'groundbreaking' advance

After losing his lower right leg in a motorcycle accident four-and-a-half years ago, 32-year-old Zac Vawter has been fitted with an artificial limb that uses neurosignals from his upper leg muscles to control the prosthetic knee and ankle. The motorized limb is the first thought-controlled bionic …

A new beautiful translucent snail from the deepest cave in Croatia

Scientists discovered a new species of a peculiar cave-dwelling snail in one of the 20 deepest cave systems in the world, Lukina Jama–Trojama in …

A Beautiful Collection of Insects

The USGS Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Program is program run by biologists with the U.S. Geological Survey in Maryland. Part of their work is to develop identification tools and keys for native bee species by creating accurate and detailed pictures of native bees and the plants and insects …

Mind Wide Open: Listening to Disturbing Voices, Thoughts and Feelings

<b>Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.</b><p>"Is that crazy?" my patients sometimes ask me when they've told me something they're feeling or thinking that they're worried about. "No, it's not crazy," I say, "but I get that it can be …

Drug Cures Mice Of Down Syndrome With A Single Dose

But it's not a cure for humans yet.<p>Cure Down syndrome with a single injection? Well, maybe--if you're a mouse. A team of scientists from John Hopkins University and the National Institutes of Health have cured newborn mice of Down syndrome by injecting them with a drug that stimulates what's called …

Mobify – Digital Experience Platform

Boost your revenue by launching a superior Progressive Web App in just 90 days<p>Mobify is the only proven Digital Experience Platform for building customer-first shopping experiences through Progressive Web Apps (PWA), Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), and native apps.<p>The #1 Provider ofProgressive Web …

Snoozing lemurs hint at why we sleep - Futurity

When fat-tailed dwarf lemurs hibernate, they stop regulating their body heat and live in a …

A Single Protein May Help Explain Memory Loss In Old Age

If you're finding it harder to remember where you put the car keys, the culprit could be a brain protein with a name that's easy to forget: RbAp48.<p>A shortage of this protein appears to impair our ability to remember things as we age, researchers report in the current issue of Science <i>Translational</i> …

Chaco Canyon skies protected with dark sky park designation

The Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico has just been named the International Dark-Sky Association’s newest Dark Sky Park.<p>The …

Human Urban Activity Makes Animals Develop Bigger Brains

A study finds urban mammals have significantly larger brains than their rural cousins.<p>Humans aren't just changing the climate, causing earthquakes and you know, generally adapting the world to suit our whims. Human activity might also be driving increased brain size in animals! Woo, evolution!<p>In a …

Maulings by Bears: What's Behind the Recent Attacks?

What should you do if you find yourself face-to-face with an aggressive bear?<p><b>The recent bear attacks in North America over the past week are unrelated to one another and are not indicative of a trend, experts say.</b><p>At least six people in five states have been mauled by black and brown bears recently. …

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Sharpest Views of the Cosmos Ever

<b>Astronomers have built a new astro-camera that, when fitted onto the largest observatories on Earth, can snap photos of the universe twice as sharp as the famed Hubble Space Telescope.</b><p>With the newly developed technology, giant telescopes can reach their theoretical limits of resolution in visible …

Who’s afraid of the amygdala? Research blows away "fear center" myth

New revelations about your brain’s so-called “fear center” explain why it’s misleading to say “this part of the brain does x”. Maggie Koerth-Baker …

7 Amazing Living Fossils

Want to see history? You could go to a museum--or you could go to the zoo and check out these animals that haven't changed for tens of millions of years.<p>Researchers recently uncovered a new and remarkable animal in the fossil record in China: <i>Rugosodon eurasiaticus</i>, a chipmunk-like creature that was …

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Hauntingly Beautiful Portraits Captured by Talented Young Photographer

Undiscovered talent is always a pleasure to share, especially if it is of remarkable caliber. Anyone that comes across the portfolio of Greg Ponthus …

Digital Photo Retouching eBook | Photography eBooks

1<p>Professional Retouching Techniques<p>We’ve put together a beautiful eBook for you to get inspired and learn professional tricks and techniques from a …

Fly Geyser, Nevada’s Coolest (And Least Known) Attraction

Forget Las Vegas or Area 51, Fly Geyser in Nevada offers much brighter and otherworldly sights at a much cheaper cost.<p>Source: ZME Science<p>Nestled on a …

One of the coolest GIFs we've ever seen: a rotating, 3D nebula

Things that GIFs are good for, in no particular order:<br>1. Cats. This one, specifically.<br>2. IWDRM<br>3. Absolutely jaw-dropping 3D renderings of …

Spectacular Day and Night Composite Shots of Major Cities

<i>Day to Night</i> is a spectacular ongoing series by fine art photographer Stephen Wilkes featuring urban landscapes that transcend the confines of time by presenting day and night shots of iconic cityscapes in one image. Using up to 1,500 images from a 15-hour shoot day (from sunrise to sunset), Wilkes …

20 Historic Black and White Photos Colorized

One of the greatest facets of reddit are the thriving subreddits, niche communities of people who share a passion for a specific topic. One of the …

Manhattan Project - a picture from the past

First published on Tue 13 Aug 2013 10.54 EDT