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Tusk master: Wally the walrus departs Isles of Scilly and heads north

Marine experts hope the creature is on his way back to the Norwegian archipelago of SvalbardAfter spending the summer wowing British holidaymakers – and sometimes making a nuisance of himself by accidentally sinking boats – Wally the walrus appears to be trying to head home.The British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) said on Tuesday that Wally had departed the Isles of Scilly, where he had been in residence since June, and there has been a positive sighting of him in the waters off Ireland.
Tags: Europe, Science, Biology, Animals, Environment, UK News, World news, Wildlife, Marine Life, Animal behaviour, Norway, Scilly, Isles, Wally, British Divers Marine Life Rescue BDMLR


Watch Beautiful Footage of the Rarely Seen Glass Octopus

First things first: the plural of octopus is not “octopi,” it’s octopuses. Now, drop everything and watch the video above. It’s an extremely rare sighting of a glass octopus, “a nearly transparent species, whose only visible features are its optic nerve, eyeballs and digestive tract” notes the Schmidt Ocean Institute. “Before this expedition, there has been limited live footage of the glass octopus, forcing scientists to learn about the animal by studying specimens found in the gut contents...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Biology, College, Pacific, Pacific Ocean, Moore, Samoa, Josh Jones, Schmidt Ocean Institute, Marianne Moore, Durham NC Follow, Biodiversity Heritage Library, Randi Rotjan, Phoenix Islands Protected Area PIPA, Schmidt Ocean Institute @schmidtocean Marine


Birds Are Brazenly Stealing Hair Off Animals' Backs

Some bird species regularly pluck hair off unsuspecting animals, including humans, to make linings for their nests, scientists say. In a recent study, they detail the hair theft phenomenon, citing numerous YouTube videos that capture birds in the act. It’s not entirely clear why hair is such an appealing construction…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Animals, Environment, Bird, Hair, Nest, Raccoon, Tufted Titmouse, Mammal, Tit, Plucking, Procyonidae, Jeffery Brown, Henry Pollock, Baeolophus


Will We Ever Be Able to Edit or Delete Memories?

Impossible even to broach this subject without reference to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, in which an unkempt Jim Carrey enlists a legitimate if shoddily run medical firm to erase the memory of his ex-girlfriend. If that film had a message, it was almost certainly not “erasing memories is good,” but that is…Read more...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Biology, Memory, Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Recall, Jim Carrey, Forgetting, Men In Black, Long Term Memory, Physiology, Emotion And Memory, Jason Chan, Engram, Traumatic Memories


Humans Lived Alongside Fierce Dog-Like Creatures in Prehistoric Europe, Fossil Find Suggests

New research details the discovery of an extinct dog-like animal that lived in the Caucasus region of Europe some 1.7 million years ago. Intriguingly, early humans occupied the same region during this time, prompting questions about potential interactions.Read more...
Tags: Europe, Science, Biology, Dogs, Wolves, Pack, CANIDAE, Martinez, Caucasus, Organisms, University of Florence, Taxa, African Wild Dog, Canis, Lycaon, Canina


Sweet Tooth Season 2 Is Set to Give Us More Animal-Hybrid Adventures at Netflix

Some extra saccharine news to report this morning: Netflix has renewed Sweet Tooth for a second season of apocalyptic adventures.Read more...
Tags: Science, Robert Downey Jr, Biology, Environment, Netflix, Hybrid, Sweet Tooth, Jeff Lemire, Gus, James Brolin, Dania Ramirez, Susan Downey, Neil Sandilands, Jim Mickle, Adeel Akhtar, Beth Schwartz


Marine scientists spotted a 'real-life' SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star near an underwater mountain in the Atlantic

A sea sponge and sea star on the Retriever seamount, one mile deep in the Atlantic Ocean, July 27, 2021 Courtesy of Christopher Mah/NOAA NOAA scientists use remotely operated vehicles to explore and photograph deep-sea habitats. On Tuesday, an expedition spotted a sea sponge and sea star together a mile deep in the Atlantic. A scientist pointed out that the two animals resemble SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star. See more stories on Insider's business page. SpongeBob SquarePants ma...
Tags: Science, News, Biology, Animals, New York City, Trends, Atlantic, Noaa, Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, North Atlantic, Nickelodeon, Spongebob Squarepants, Atlantic Ocean, National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration, Patrick


The insect apocalypse: ‘Our world will grind to a halt without them’

Insects have declined by 75% in the past 50 years – and the consequences may soon be catastrophic. Biologist Dave Goulson reveals the vital services they performI have been fascinated by insects all my life. One of my earliest memories is of finding, at the age of five or six, some stripy yellow-and-black caterpillars feeding on weeds in the school playground. I put them in my empty lunchbox, and took them home. Eventually they transformed into handsome magenta and black moths. This seemed like ...
Tags: Food, Science, Biology, Environment, Birds, Bees, Thailand, Wildlife, Conservation, Pesticides, New Zealand, Patagonia, Biodiversity, Insects, Butterflies, Borneo


Jeremy Farrar: ‘A September 2020 lockdown would have saved a lot of lives’

The Wellcome Trust director and Sage member on what politicians and scientists got right and wrong on Covid and why we need an immediate public inquiryCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageJeremy Farrar is the director of the Wellcome Trust, a former professor of tropical medicine at the University of Oxford and a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage). He has just published his account of the Covid crisis – Spike: The Virus v the People - in which h...
Tags: Science, Biology, China, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, University of Oxford, Farrar, Jeremy Farrar, Wellcome Trust, Patrick Vallance, Politics books, Coronavirus, Chris Whitty, Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies Sage He


‘Part-time adventurers’: amateur fossil hunters get record haul in Cotswolds

More than 1,000 scientifically significant specimens taken from former quarry after discoveryWhen Sally and Neville Hollingworth started going stir crazy in lockdown, rather than baking bread or doing quizzes on Zoom, the amateur palaeontologists turned to Google Earth.The couple passed the time planning for their next trip – using the satellite images to inspect sites that had previously yielded fossils – when they stumbled across a quarry in the Cotswolds. From the exposure of the geology Nevi...
Tags: Google, UK, Science, Biology, UK News, Dinosaurs, Fossils, Sally, Neville, Neville Hollingworth


Feral Hogs Pollute the Climate as Much as 1 Million Cars Each Year

Nearly two years ago, we all had a hearty laugh about 30 to 50 feral hogs. Turns out that all those pigs aren’t just a horribly invasive species, but they could be wreaking real havoc when it comes to climate change. According to a new study published Monday in Global Change Biology, wild pigs around the world are…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Environment, Livestock, Materials, Agriculture, Invasive Species, Soil, Carbon Dioxide, Christopher, Pig, Feral Pigs, Feral, Domestic Pig, Chemical Compounds, Nicholas Patton


Reasons to be fearful of China’s data-gathering | Letters

We should be suspicious of the role of the Chinese Communist party in the harvesting of genetic data from unborn babies, argues William MatthewsIn her column (What does the Chinese military want with your unborn baby’s genetic data?, 10 July), Arwa Mahdawi suggested that the alleged involvement of the People’s Liberation Army (which is directly answerable to the Chinese Communist party) with BGI’s data-gathering (likewise answerable as a China-based company) is essentially equivalent to data-gat...
Tags: Hong Kong, Science, Biology, China, Women, Pregnancy, World news, Taiwan, Genetics, Asia Pacific, Xi Jinping, Parents and parenting, Xinjiang, Ccp, Arwa Mahdawi, Chinese Communist


This Wifi-Enabled Space Toilet for Cats Turned Me Into a Kitty Garbage Man, As God Intended

If you want most of the companionship that comes with a dog with less of the work, cats are great. They sleep most of the time, and a lot of the rest they’re inclined to spend by themselves. Walks are purely an optional affectation for the feline-obsessed, as is outdoor time (which many pet experts don’t recommend).…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Animals, Cat, Urine, Robot, Litter, Litter Box, Larry, Elsey, Cat Training, Feces, Branches Of Biology, Bin Bag, Siyah, Autopets


Sport science body to track female athletes’ hormonal changes linked to menstruation

English Institute of Sport to roll out saliva tests tracking hormones that may drive fluctuation in women’s performanceHighs and lows are a feature of any athlete’s career, but for some female contestants, these peaks and troughs in performance may come more regularly – driven by hormonal changes associated with their menstrual cycles.Now, the English Institute of Sport (EIS) is seeking to level the playing field through the rollout of regular saliva testing to track the rise and fall of two key...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Sport, Society, UK News, Women's Health, Menstruation, English Institute of Sport, English Institute of Sport EIS


Genetically Modified Babies Are Still a Bad Idea, WHO Committee Concludes

An expert committee says heritable genome editing of humans is still too risky and that the World Health Organization should take on a leading role when it comes to regulating this emerging biotechnology.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Articles, World Health Organization, Genetic Engineering, Biotechnology, Bioethics, Molecular Biology, Gene Therapy, Genome Editing, Emerging Technologies, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Hank Greely, Leonard Zon, Soumya Swaminathan, He Jiankui


These Squiggles May Be Some of the Oldest Fossil Life on Earth

A team of researchers in South Africa put a bit of rock under a microscope and found the remains of 3.42-billion-year-old life. Those fossils—the squiggly, microscopic remains of organisms that subsisted on methane—broaden the scope of what habitats were suitable for life on Earth during the Archean Eon.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Earth, South Africa, Fossil, Archean, Life On Earth, Evolutionary Biology, Geobiology, Microfossils, Barbara Cavalazzi, Economic Geology, Branches Of Biology, Academic Disciplines, Precambrian, Birger Rasmussen


Health campaigners call for an end to the use of the word leper

Derogatory use of the “L-word” has increased during Covid and is said to be further marginalising people with the curable diseaseHealth campaigners are calling for an end to the use of the word leper, saying the language frequently used by politicians and others during the pandemic has made people with leprosy even more marginalised.The metaphor of the socially outcast “leper” has been used often, whether in media reports on stigma against early Covid-19 patients or by politicians in Italy and B...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Philippines, Italy, Microbiology, Global development, Brazil, World Health Organization


Covid live news: UK reports 31,772 daily infections and 26 new deaths; new restrictions in Libya after record cases

UK figures drop slightly on previous day; Libyan cafes closed, weddings and funerals with mourners banned and public transport use barredTory MP fears Boris Johnson will delay winter Covid restrictionsUgandan minister blames west for country’s Covid vaccine shortageEngland reopening going ahead, but mask wearing ‘expected’ Woman, 90, infected with Alpha and Beta Covid variants at the same time 7.20pm BST South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa has said that restaurants will be allowed to r...
Tags: Politics, UK, Science, Biology, France, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Libya, Boris Johnson, Reuters, Cyril Ramaphosa, Ramaphosa, BST South Africa


Covid live news: UK reports 31,772 daily cases and 26 new deaths; 1,007 deaths in 24 hour period in Indonesia

UK figures drop slightly on previous day; Indonesian death toll rises to total of 66,464 after deadly dayTory MP fears Boris Johnson will delay winter Covid restrictionsUgandan minister blames west for country’s Covid vaccine shortageEngland reopening going ahead, but mask wearing ‘expected’ Woman, 90, infected with Alpha and Beta Covid variants at the same time 4.10pm BST The UK today reported 26 new coronavirus deaths and 31,772 new cases. It’s a slight drop on yesterday’s figures which we...
Tags: Politics, UK, Science, Biology, Indonesia, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus, COVID


Covid live: public in England expected to wear masks when measures lift; Indonesia reports 1,007 daily deaths

UK minister says mask guidance indoors is set to stay in England; Indonesian death toll rises to total of 66,464 after deadly dayZahawi: England reopening going ahead, but mask wearing ‘expected’Sajid Javid warns NHS waiting lists backlog could reach 13m ‘Their childhood has been stolen’: calls for action to tackle long CovidWoman, 90, infected with Alpha and Beta Covid variants at the same timeSee all our coronavirus coverage 11.59am BST In Libya, Al-Wasat news is reporting that the country...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Science, Biology, Indonesia, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Microbiology, Libya, Javid, Kompas, Coronavirus


How Do We Know Birds Are Dinosaurs?

Ferocious tyrannosaurs and towering sauropods are long gone, but dinosaurs continue to frolic in our midst. We’re talking about birds, of course, yet it’s not entirely obvious why we should consider birds to be bona fide dinos. Here are the many reasons why.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Environment, Dinosaurs, Bird, Adam Smith, Feather, Theropods, Kate Lyons, Feathered Dinosaurs, Theropoda, Thomas Henry Huxley, Kristi Curry Rogers, Velociraptor, Riley Black, Holly Woodward Ballard


Daniel M Davis: ‘Unbelievable things will come from biological advances’

The immunology professor on the personal data which will shape our future and how the pandemic has fired everyone’s interest in the immune systemDaniel M Davis is a professor of immunology at the University of Manchester. He has published over 130 academic papers and two lauded popular science books, The Compatibility Gene and The Beautiful Cure. His third, The Secret Body, describes the forthcoming revolution in human health.As an immunologist, when you overhear conversations about antibodies o...
Tags: Science, Biology, Physics, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Davis, Virtual Reality, Immunology, Coronavirus, University of Manchester He, Daniel M Davis


Why do big creatures live longer?

Scientists have observed that in nature, all things scale with size in a way that is mathematically predictable.Similar scaling laws hold for things like growth and lifespan. As theoretical physicist Geoffrey West explains, larger mammals generally live longer because of the inverse relationship between body size and the rate at which cells are damaged.By having this theory of scaling laws, "you can determine what the parameters are, the knobs that you could conceivably turn to change that lifes...
Tags: Science, Biology, Animals, Innovation, Geoffrey West


‘Real’ T rex goes on show in England for first time in over a century

The skeleton of Titus, discovered in the US in 2018, makes its world debut at Nottingham museumThe first ‘real’ Tyrannosaurus rex to be exhibited in England for more than a century will go on show in Nottingham on Sunday.The skeleton of Titus, discovered in the US state of Montana in 2018, will make its world debut at the Wollaton Hall Natural History Museum as part of a new exhibition on the dinosaur’s life and environment. Continue reading...
Tags: England, Science, Biology, Montana, US, UK News, Museums, Nottingham, Dinosaurs, Zoology, Fossils, Palaeontology, Wollaton Hall Natural History Museum


Lights, dogs, action! Patagonia project to keep pumas from preying on sheep

A trial using maremma sheepdogs and Foxlights is offering a new way to protect livestock and diffuse conflict with ranchers over the big catsArriving at a fencepost protruding like a needle from the grassland, conservation adviser Nicolás Lagos assembles an LED device that will sit atop the pillar and at nightfall emanate an eerie multicoloured display across the frosted Patagonian valley below. The lights emit random 360-degree patterns visible from a mile away. Known as Foxlights they emulate ...
Tags: Travel, Food, Science, Biology, Environment, Americas, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Farming, Chile, Patagonia, IUCN red list of endangered species, Biodiversity, Wildlife Holidays, Green travel


Covid: Sage scientist fears England could repeat ‘mistakes of last summer’

Prof Stephen Reicher says restrictions may have to be reimposed if reopening leads to surge in infectionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA scientific adviser to the government’s Covid-19 response has expressed fears England could be in danger of repeating “the mistakes of last summer”.Prof Stephen Reicher, from the University of St Andrews and a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) subcommittee on behavioural science, said the government may ...
Tags: England, Science, Biology, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, University Of St Andrews, Coronavirus, Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies SAGE, Stephen Reicher


World’s Smallest Hogs Released Into Wild

Twelve pygmy hogs (Porcu salvania) were released back into northeast India last week as part of a conservation program made to resurrect the species from near-extinction in the 1960s. The pigs remain extremely rare in the wild, with an estimated 250 persevering out there.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, India, Environment, Livestock, Pork, Pigs, Guinea Pig, Mammals, Taxa, Animal Models, Subspecies, Domestic Pig, Miniature Pig, Dhritiman Das, Pygmy Hog


Biohackers could drive insulin price down 98 percent

Diabetes is the seventh-leading cause of death in America. About 463 million people (including 34 million Americans) are diabetic.The cost of insulin continues to surge, so the Open Insulin Project is fighting back by replicating medical-grade insulin that can be made at a lab in your neighborhood. The Biohackers Making Insulin 98% Cheaper www.youtube.com The sticker price for a vial of insulin has increased more than 3000 percent over ...
Tags: Science, Biology, America, Spain, Public Health, Innovation, Fda, Pharmaceuticals, University of Toronto, Derek, Socal, Oakland California, Sanofi, American Diabetes Association, Mariana, Pharmaceutical Industry


5,000-year-old hunter-gatherer is earliest person to die with the plague

Remains of man found in Latvia had DNA fragments and proteins of bacterium that causes plagueA hunter-gather who lived more than 5,000 years ago is the earliest known person to have died with the plague, researchers have revealed.Stone-age communities in western Europe experienced a huge population decline about 5,500 years ago, an event that is thought to have subsequently enabled a huge migration of people from the east. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Science, Biology, Germany, World news, Genetics, Archaeology, Latvia


Cambridge hospital’s mask upgrade appears to eliminate Covid-19 risk to staff

Use of FFP3 respirators on coronavirus units at Addenbrooke’s ‘may have cut ward-based infection to zero’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAn NHS hospital that upgraded the type of face masks used by staff on Covid-19 wards recorded a dramatic fall of up to 100% in hospital-acquired coronavirus infections among those workers, research has indicated.Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge upgraded the masks from fluid resistant surgical masks (FRSMs) to filtering face piece...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Society, UK News, Hospitals, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Microbiology, Cambridge, Addenbrooke, Coronavirus



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