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How Does a Chimpanzee Eat a Tortoise? By Smashing It Like a Coconut

As omnivorous creatures, chimpanzees eat all sorts of things, including fruits, termites, tiny rodents, and even full-grown monkeys. As for chimps eating reptiles, that’s completely unheard of—until now. Unprecedented observations have uncovered a community of chimps in Gabon that regularly consume tortoises.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Animal Behavior, Chimpanzees, Gabon, Chimps, Tortoises, Animal Intelligence, Horrifying Primates


How Are Doves and Sparrows Ending Up Inside Baby Sharks?

Back in 2010, scientists were monitoring a shark population on the Mississippi-Alabama border. They had hauled up a small tiger shark to tag when something strange happened: It puked up feathers. A DNA analysis revealed that the shark had eaten a brown thrasher, a speckled migratory songbird related to the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Birds, Ecology, Sharks, Mississippi Alabama, Birdmodo, Food Webs


Canadian Arctic fossils are oldest known fungus on Earth

Fungus is half a billion years older than previous record holder found in WisconsinTiny fossils found in mudrock in the barren wilderness of the Canadian Arctic are the remains of the oldest known fungus on Earth, scientists say.The minuscule organisms were discovered in shallow water shale, a kind of fine-grained sedimentary rock, in a region south of Victoria island on the edge of the Arctic Ocean. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Biology, Earth, Canada, Arctic, Archaeology, Victoria, WisconsinTiny, Arctic Ocean Continue


New Breakthrough Means We Can Finally Detect the Color Red in Ancient Fossils

Some 3 million years ago, a tiny mouse featuring reddish fur on its back and a white belly scurried across the landscape of what is now Germany. We know this thanks to a remarkable new breakthrough in which reddish color pigment was detected in an ancient fossil—a scientific first.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Germany, Evolution, Fossils, Paleontology, Pigment, Ancient Mice, X Ray Imaging


This Is Easily the Best Correction in Science Publishing This Month

Science journalists around the world received one of the silliest corrections yet in our inbox over the weekend, and I would like to share it here with you.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Bonobos, Animal Sex, Great Apes, Science Journalism, Best Correction in Science Publishing This Month


Like the emperor’s new clothes, DNA kits are a tailored illusion

Most people remember the emperor: a vain ruler, swindled into paying for a nonexistent magical garment, parades in public, only to be embarrassed by a little boy. To me, the story is really about the swindling tailors. Audacious, imaginative, their true product is a persuasive illusion, one keyed to the vulnerabilities of their target audience. In contemporary terms, the story is about marketing; and as such, the tale is tailor-made for an examination of genetic ancestry tests, because these too...
Tags: Family, Science, Biology, Dna, Genetics, Innovation, Bioethics


Pushy bonobo mothers help sons find sexual partners, scientists find

High-ranking mothers lead sons to groups of females and keep guard while they mateTheir mothers are so keen for them to father children that they usher them in front of promising partners, shield them from violent competitors and dash the chances of other males by charging them while they are at it.For a bonobo mother, it is all part of the parenting day, and analysis finds the hard work pays off. Males of the species that live with their mothers are three times more likely to father offspring t...
Tags: Science, Biology, Animals, World news, Animal behaviour, Primatology


How A.I. will liberate doctors from keyboards and basements

Machines can help doctors by spotting abnormalities in X-rays or MRA scans that the physicians themselves may have missed. A.I. can also help physicians by analyzing data and, through the use of algorithms, produce possible diagnoses. The freed up time, as doctors make their rounds, can help physicians establish better connections with their patients, which in turn can lead to better treatment plans.
Tags: Health, Science, Technology, Biology, Medicine, Innovation, Machine Learning, Health Care, Ai, Eric Topol, Machine Intelligence




Nanotechnology vs. cancer: How tiny particles sniff out the deadly disease

Cancer is an aberrant function of a normal cell, where the regulators of that cell's dividing are broken and the cell starts to divide without regulation. Left to its own devices, that dividing without regulation will overcome the entire body.Until we have a cure, early detection is the holy grail. MIT professor Sangeeta Bhatia is currently devising a simple urine test that works just like a pregnancy test to detect cancer the moment it starts.How does it work? Nanoparticles are injected into th...
Tags: Science, Technology, Biology, Medicine, Cancer, Mit, Medical Research, Innovation, Disease, Human body, Susan Hockfield, Sangeeta Bhatia


Scientists Create E. Coli With Entirely Synthetic Genome

Scientists created a variant of the E. coli bacteria with an entirely synthetic genome, according to a new paper.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Genetics, E Coli, Synthetic Biology, Escherichia coli


Cambridge scientists create world’s first living organism with fully redesigned DNA

Researchers create altered synthetic genome, in move with potential medical benefitsScientists have created the world’s first living organism that has a fully synthetic and radically altered DNA code.The lab-made microbe, a strain of bacteria that is normally found in soil and the human gut, is similar to its natural cousins but survives on a smaller set of genetic instructions. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, UK News, Genetics, Cambridge, University of Cambridge, E Coli, Synthetic Biology


Feral Parrots Are Taking Over America

Visitors to Chicago’s Hyde Park or New York’s Green-Wood Cemetery may be surprised to hear the raucous squawks of lime-green monk parakeets. These birds, descendants of escaped pets, have managed to create thriving colonies in these cities despite the annual cold weather. It turns out they’re far from unusual—escaped…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, America, Chicago, Birds, Invasive Species, Hyde Park, Birdmodo, Monk Parakeets, New York 's Green Wood Cemetery


Nanotechnology vs. cancer: How tiny particles sniff out the deadly disease

In the United States, smoking cessation has resulted finally in a reduction of deaths from cancer. However, even if we were to have all the vaccines that are prescribed, and exercise all of the preventions, cancer would still be with us.Cancer is an aberrant function of a normal cell, where the regulators of that cell's dividing are broken and the cell starts to divide without regulation. Left to its own devices, that dividing without regulation will overcome the entire body.Early cancer detecti...
Tags: Science, Technology, Biology, Medicine, Cancer, Medical Research, United States, Innovation, Disease, Human body, Susan Hockfield, Sangeeta Bhatia


How Can We Stop the Collapse of Nature?

Scientists warned last week that a million species could go extinct, and it’s all our fault. Well, not “our” as in you and I, but “our” as in humanity.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Conservation, Ecology, Solutions, Sixth Mass Extinction, Ipbes Report


Becoming a modern-day cyborg: Chips with Everything podcast

Jordan Erica Webber talks to the co-host of Grindfest, a festival for which dozens of fans of a type of body modification called ‘grinding’ travelled to the Tehachapi mountains in CaliforniaHumans have been using technology to alter their bodies for decades. Many women have medical devices implanted in their arms as a form of contraception, and people with heart problems can be helped with pacemakers.Implants such as these are considered medically necessary or helpful, but some people like to ta...
Tags: Science, Technology, Biology, Human biology, Jordan, Tehachapi, Jordan Erica Webber, Grindfest


Analysis of Ancient DNA Suggests Finnish and Estonian Languages Came From Siberia

Northern Europeans who speak Uralic languages, such as Estonian and Finnish, can thank ancient migrating Siberian populations for their dialects, according to a fascinating new study that combined genetics, archaeology, and linguistics.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Genetics, Linguistics, Siberia, Languages, Speech


This Bird Went Extinct, Then Evolution Recreated It

Sometime between 136,000 and 240,000 years ago, a flock of awkward, leggy birds took off from Madagascar and arrived at a pristine island in the Aldabra atoll 250 miles away. “This is nice,” they may have thought—there were no predators, and the birds colonized the island. Without the threat of predation, they…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Evolution, Madagascar, Rails, Birdmodo


Some Deep-Sea Fish Can See Color in Near Total Darkness

A newly discovered visual system in deep-sea fish could allow them to discern predators from prey in the low-light conditions found at the bottom of the ocean, new research suggests.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Fish, Marine Biology, Sight, Darkness


Nanoparticle ISS Experiment Could Lead to New Anti-Aging Therapies

An upcoming experiment aboard the International Space Station will test the effects of microgravity on living cells mixed with tiny ceramic particles. The test could result in powerful new antioxidants to treat the deleterious effects of prolonged exposure to space as well as various age-related diseases.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, International Space Station, Microbiology, Nanotechnology, Iss, Anti Aging, Antioxidants, Microgravity


Will There Ever Be New Colors That We Can See?

When brain chips break big, and commercial tech giants start sifting our thoughts and swapping cherished memories for subscription wine box ads, there will be plenty of reasons to be skeptical. But if this future is inevitable, we might as well dwell on the good stuff. New colors, for instance: for years we’ve been…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Evolution, Vision, Implants, Evolutionary Biology


Evidence of Arsenic-Breathing Microbial Life Found in Pacific Ocean

Researchers working off the coast of Mexico have discovered evidence of arsenic-breathing life in oxygen-starved waters. These resilient microbes are a vestige of Earth’s ancient past, but they could also be a sign of things to come under the influence of climate change.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Mexico, Earth, Genetics, Microbiology, Pacific Ocean, Arsenic, Extremophiles, Microorganisms


This Fish Has Evolved to Thrive in Intensely Polluted Water

A small fish somehow evolved resistance to the heavily polluted water of the Houston Ship Channel by mysteriously acquiring genes from another fish from thousands of miles away, according to a new paper.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Fish, Pollution, Evolution, Houston, Houston Ship Channel, Evolutionary Biology


For Men Who Will Try Anything to Get Taller, There's a World of Grifts and Gimmicks

No matter how old you are, the website Height Maximizer claims it can provide you with “legitimate information that will actually help you become taller.” It features “height hacks,” alleged height-boosting supplements, and “8 Ways to Get Taller: Tips That Work (for Every Age).” Each page is topped off with the site’s…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Supplements, Charlatans, Growth, Height, Tall, Incels


Astonishing Denisovan Fossil Discovery Traced Back to Buddhist Monk

The archaeology world is abuzz today with news of the first Denisovan fossil found outside of Siberia. The 160,000-year-old jawbone was uncovered by a Buddhist monk in a Chinese cave nearly 40 years ago—an aspect of this story that’s as intriguing as it is frustrating.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Anthropology, Archaeology, Siberia, Denisovans, Buddhist Monk, Denisovan, Ancient Humans, Human Origins


Radioactive Carbon From Nuclear Tests Found in the Mariana Trench

Scientists found a radioactive signature of atomic bomb blasts in crustaceans living in the ocean’s depths, according to a new paper.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Pollution, Mariana Trench, Atomic Bombs, Nuclear Tests


Jawbone Fossil Reveals More About the Denisovans, a Mysterious Species that Mated With Modern Humans

In 2010, archaeologists found evidence of a previously unknown hominin, the Denisovans, in a Siberian cave. Researchers are now reporting the discovery of a 160,000-year-old Denisovan jawbone pulled from a cave on the Tibetan Plateau. The fossil is now the first evidence of this mysterious human species outside of…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Anthropology, Evolution, Neanderthals, Denisovans, Human Evolution, Denisovan, Ancient Humans, Human Origins


'Spectacular' jawbone discovery sheds light on ancient Denisovans

Scientists extracted proteins from one of the molars to help uncover the fossil’s evolutionary originA human jawbone found in a cave on the Tibetan plateau has revealed new details about the appearance and lifestyle of a mysterious ancient species called Denisovans.The 160,000-year-old fossil, comprising a powerful jaw and unusually large teeth, suggests that these early relatives would have looked something like the most primitive of the Neanderthals. The discovery also shows that Denisovans li...
Tags: Science, Biology, World news, Anthropology, Evolution, Neanderthals, Denisovans


Substandard, Superficial, and Absurd: Experts Slam the Science Behind the CRISPR Baby Experiment

A pair of genetic experts are claiming that the controversial human gene-editing experiment conducted by Chinese scientist He Jiankui was not only unethical, it was also deeply flawed from a scientific perspective. The experiment, they said, likely won’t work as intended, and the two girls produced by the project now…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Crispr, Bioethics, Science Scandals, Research Ethics, Genetic Modifications, He Jiankui, Human Germline Editing


We Have to Do Something About Outdoor Cats

I hate outdoor cats with a burning passion. I set out to write a blog calling for an Isle of Dogs-style roundup of feral cats, a mass adoption drive and cat cull, and outlawing outdoor and community cats. But I’ve realized that things aren’t that simple.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Ecology, Feral Cats, Saturday Riff



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