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Meet the monkeyface prickleback, the hero we all need

This vegetarian tidepool dweller could be an answer to dietary protein in times of climate crisis, but who could ever eat a charmer like this?
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Cute new snail named after Greta Thunberg

The Swedish activist is 'delighted' that the new-to-science species will bear her name.
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French ski resort is using helicopters to move snow

"No justification can be possible for this nonsense."
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Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Innovation in space food and slime, an artist's sudden success, and why we should eat more sea urchins The Future of Space Food MIT Media Lab’s Space Exploration Initiative focuses on all kinds of research and preparation for “the day when humanity becomes a space-native civilization, as comfortable in thFrom slime to space, tech and textilese cosmos as we have been on Earth.” The team …
Tags: Food, Art, Space, Science, Design, News, Climate Change, Animals, Environment, Sustainability, Cellphones, Nature, Architecture, Ocean, Artists, Seafood


Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot image is 30 years old today

Thirty years ago today, the Voyager 1 spaceprobe had completed its ncounters with the outer planets and was careening out of our solar system. The time came to shut off the probes' cameras to preserve power and memory for the other onboard scientific instruments. But before engineers flipped the switch, one last photo opportunity was not to be missed. From my liner notes to the Voyager Golden Record vinyl box set: Astronomer and educator Carl Sagan, a member of the Voyager Imaging Team,...
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The scientific secrets inside a single grain of moon dust

While scientists have studied Moon rocks for 50 years, researchers have for the first time conducted deep analysis on a single grain of lunar dust, atom by atom. Using a common materials science technique called atom probe tomography that's not widely used by geologists, the Chicago Field Museum's Jennika Greer and colleagues probed the grain of soil -- about the width of a human hair -- and were able to learn about the Moon's surface its elemental composition. From the Field Museum: In...
Tags: Post, Space, Science, News, Moon, Geology, Greer, Chicago Field Museum, Nanoscience, Jennika Greer, Northwestern University Greer


Watch how a heavy anvil floats in a vat of mercury

This is so amazing. Watch what happens when a blacksmithing anvil is lowered into a large vat of pure liquid mercury. [H/t Alberto Gaitán via Bryce Lynch] Image: Screengrab from GIF
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Plastic waste is a problem, but wasting what the plastic is wrapping is many times worse.

Judith Thornton questions the conventional wisdom about plastic packaging. She has a controversial point.
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14 pink animals to celebrate St. Valentine

Consider these blushing beauties a love letter from Mother Nature.
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Scientists claim 100% accurate way to tell pot from hemp: lasers

Researchers from Texas A&M say they have found a quick, cheap, and accurate way for law enforcement agents to differentiate pot and hemp – using lasers. In a study released last month, Texas AgriLife researchers Dmitry Kurouski and Lee Sanchez claim their new laser testing method is a better way for law enforcement to figure out whether a substance they've seized is cannabis or non-psychoactive hemp. Lasers, how do they work? From Austin NPR affiliate KUTR: Put simply, a laser from a spectr...
Tags: Health, Post, Texas, Science, News, Medicine, Weed, Drugs, Cannabis, Pot, Lasers, Amarillo, Dmitry Kurouski, Lee Sanchez, Austin NPR, KUTR


Chinese military stole masses of Americans’ data, U.S. says

By ERIC TUCKER and MICHAEL BALSAMO WASHINGTON — Four members of the Chinese military have been charged with breaking into the networks of the Equifax credit reporting agency and stealing the personal information of tens of millions of Americans, the Justice Department said Monday, blaming Beijing for one of the largest hacks in history to target consumer data. The 2017 breach affected more than 145 million people, with the hackers successfully stealing names, addresses, Social Security and drive...
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Eat sea urchins to save the oceans

These spiny little animals are in desperate need of population control, and our sushi habits could help.
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Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Belgium's beautiful bike route, Australia's guerilla environmental group, Sweden's floating hotel and more from the web Record-Setting NASA Astronaut Returns to Earth Record-setting NASA astronaut Christina Koch has returned to her home planet after an incredible 328 days in orbit—the second-longest single trip into space by an American astronaut. During those 11 months among the stars, Koch took part in the first three all-woman spacewalks, …
Tags: Travel, Art, Apps, Space, Science, Design, News, Sweden, Internet, Australia, Hotels, Environment, Advertising, History, Nasa, Bacteria


Bumble bees could vanish forever within a few decades

The most important pollinators on the planet are disappearing in areas where temperatures are getting hotter.
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Watch Adam Savage get zapped by electricity

A fun video from 2011 Maker Faire. After his talk, Adam Savage (back when Mythbusters was still on the air) performs the Doctor Who theme song with ArcAttack. We do love Adam Savage around here at Boing Boing. Subscribe to ADAM SAVAGE'S TESTED, his great new YouTube channel. [via IMGUR, congrats, Kristen Lomasney!] Adam Savage does ArcAttack
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Make your tombstone an ancient tree in one of these memorial forests

Mixing conservation with death care, a new start-up offers permanently protected memorial trees that solve a slew of problems.
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Living a 1.5 degree lifestyle is hard

But I have it easy compared to most North Americans, and perhaps am fooling myself.
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These dogs may save the citrus industry from a devastating pandemic

Researchers find that dogs can be trained to sniff out the bacteria that causes citrus greening, with 99+ percent accuracy
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What Earth would look like if we drained all the oceans (video)

A NASA scientist shows us the three-fifths of the planet's surface that we don't get to see.
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This newly discovered cannabis compound is possibly 30 times more powerful than THC

Researchers identified a phytocannabinoid in Cannabis sativa that they say could be 30 times more powerful than THC, at least in their lab results. The scientists from Italy's University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and their colleagues found that in their in vitro tests, tetrahydrocannabiphorol (THCP) showed an attraction to the nervous system's cannabinoid (CB1) receptor that's more than thirty times higher than good ol' THC. From CNN: CBD has mostly been the focus of studies on the he...
Tags: Post, Science, News, Biology, Weed, Drugs, Marijuana, Cnn, Cannabis, Italy, Reggio Emilia, University of Modena, Thc, THCP, Jane Ishmael, Oregon State University s College of Pharmacy


Here's how we are killing off the fireflies

Serious threats are endangering lightning bugs across the globe; and they are all thanks to humans.
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There's no such thing as a styrofoam cup

And you have never used a styrofoam plate or take-out box.
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Canada moves forward with its single-use plastics ban

A scientific assessment has confirmed enormous amounts of waste and definite harm to wildlife.
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New Photos Reveal Sun’s Turbulent Surface in ‘Unprecedented’ Detail

(NEW YORK) — A telescope in Hawaii has produced its first images of the sun, revealing its turbulent gas surface in what scientists called unprecedented detail. They show the surface covered with bright cell-like areas, each about the size of Texas, that result from the transporting of heat from the sun’s interior. The telescope can reveal features as small as 18 miles (30 km) across, according to the National Science Foundation, which released the images. Further observations will help scientis...
Tags: Space, New York, Texas, Science, News, Uncategorized, Hawaii, Solar System, National Science Foundation, Onetime


Forget 2030 or targets; we need to reduce our carbon emissions right now

George Monbiot says you don't set targets in an emergency, you act.
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The elegant acrobatics of a nuthatch

Our photo of the day is a study in details.
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How cows use their unique voices to cowmoooonicate

For five months, University of Sydney PhD student Alexandra Green spent time in the field, literally, with 18 Holstein-Friesian heifers, recording and studying their sounds. While it's been known that cow moms and calves use unique vocalizations with one another, Green confirmed that cattle "also maintain individual voices in a variety of emotional situations," from chow time to periods when they are isolated from the others in the herd. From the University of Sydney: Cows ‘talk’ to one anot...
Tags: Post, Science, News, Biology, Animals, Green, Cows, Atlas Obscura, University of Sydney, Alexandra Green, Til The Cows Come Home


The most detailed image of the sun

Behold the turbulent seas of our sun, plasma waves rising and falling under the watchful gaze of the Inouye solar telescope in Hawaii. Science News: We have now seen the smallest details on the largest object in the solar system,” said Inouye telescope director Thomas Rimmele during a January 24 news teleconference. Covering an area 36,500 kilometers across — roughly three times the diameter of Earth — the images show familiar bubbles of plasma percolating up from the depths. In the dark lane...
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Sex pheromone named after a character in Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" changes mice brains

Darcin is a pheromone found in the urine of male mice. It's used to mark territory and signal mating availability, and was named after the character Mr. Darcy who appears in Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice. In the new issue of Nature, researchers at Columbia University report on how darcin "takes hold in the brains of female mice, giving cells in the brain's emotion center the power to assess the mouse's sexual readiness and help her select a mate." From the press release: Pheromones, such as ...
Tags: Post, Science, News, Biology, Sex, Jane Austen, Columbia University, Animal Behavior, Darcy, Jane Austin, Pheromones, Adam Kepecs, Rama Own, Hurst Dr Beynon


New Podcast From ‘The Onion’ Renders Eyeballs Obsolete

CHICAGO—In what is being hailed as a media revolution that will forever change the way society is informed of current events, reports confirmed Wednesday’s debut of The Topical, a daily news podcast from The Onion and Onion Public Radio, has rendered the human eyeball completely obsolete. According to historians,…Read more...
Tags: Science, News, Podcasts, Chicago, Onion Public Radio, Vol 56 Issue 04, The Onion and Onion Public Radio



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