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Watch the stunning "icy fingers of death" instantly freeze creatures

Spectacular brinicles form under the ice of our planet's coldest regions. Their formation resembles that of hydrothermal vents.The structures have been called "icy fingers of death" because of their ability to freeze living organisms.Nature's grace and fury find equal measure in unique formations called brinicles or more evocatively "icy fingers of death." The strange phenomenon that forms these underwater icicles can be found in the oceans of the planet's polar regions. It's been rarely captur...
Tags: Biology, Spain, Bbc, Chemistry, Oceans, Innovation, Arctic, Antarctica, Antarctic, Oregon State University, Seuss, Frozen Planet, Andrew Thurber, Little Razorback Island Antarctica, Andrew Thurber Oregon State University Could, Bruno Escribano


China refuses further inquiry into Covid-19 origins in Wuhan lab

WHO proposal to audit Chinese laboratories is ‘arrogance towards science’, says health ministerCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageChina’s government has refused to cooperate with the second stage of an international investigation into the origins of Covid-19, labelling a proposal to audit Chinese labs as “arrogance towards science”.Chinese health officials held a press conference on Thursday to respond to last week’s proposal by the World Health Organization that the se...
Tags: Biology, China, World news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, World Health Organization, Wuhan, Coronavirus, Wuhan Continue


‘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


Is 150 years really as long as we can ever live?

While most of us can expect to live to around 80, some people defy expectations and live to be over 100. In places such as Okinawa, Japan and Sardinia, Italy, there are many centenarians. The oldest person in history – a French woman named Jeanne Calment – lived to 122. When she was born in 1875, the average life expectancy was roughly 43. But just how long could a human actually live? It's a question people have been asking for centuries. While average life expectancy (the number of years a per...
Tags: Health, Biology, Aging, US, Genetics, Innovation, Jeanne Calment, Sardinia Italy, Okinawa Japan, Human body, Gompertz, Dosi, Singapore Russia, Biogerontology University of BrightonThis


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


How evolution shifts from unicellular to multicellular life

A new study examined the evolution of a unicellular algae species over 500 generations, roughly six months.The researchers subjected one of the two algae groups to a predator.The results showed that the algae exposed to a predator were far more likely to acquire adaptations toward multicellularity.The transition from unicellular to multicellular life was one of the most momentous events in the evolution of life. Estimated to have first occurred more than 1.5 billion years ago, the shift to multi...
Tags: Biology, Nature, Innovation, Evolution, Nature Communications


Safe space: the cosmic importance of planetary quarantine

As the pace and ambition of space exploration accelerates, preventing Earth-born organisms from hitching a ride has become more urgent than ever “This, what you’re doing today, never happens,” Nasa’s David Seidel told us. “This is a rare chance,” agreed the director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Michael Watkins, welcoming us into the lab’s spacecraft assembly facility, located in the hills outside Pasadena, California. The exceedingly unusual adventure awaiting us was a trip into the clean r...
Tags: Space, Biology, Nasa, Earth, Infectious Diseases, Mars, Cape Canaveral, Pasadena California, David Seidel, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Michael Watkins, Perseverance Nasa


Scientists decipher how Romanesco broccoli gets its freaky fractal shape

Romanesco broccoli (aka Romanesco cauliflower) is a quite strange (albeit tasty) vegetable that looks otherwordly in its freaky fractal formations. Every bud is self-similar, resulting in a logarithmic spiral. Now, researchers at the French National Centre for Scientific Research have determined that the natural (approximate) fractal nature occurs because each bud is a failed flower that becomes a shoot that produces a new flower that fails and so on. — Read the rest
Tags: Food, Post, News, Biology, Vegetables, Genetics, National Centre for Scientific Research


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


Why are octopuses so intelligent?

Our last common ancestor with the octopus existed more than 500 million years ago. So why is it that they seem to show such peculiar similarities with humans, while at the same time appearing so alien? Perhaps because despite their tentacles covered with suckers and their lack of bones, their eyes, brains and even their curiosity remind us our own thirst for knowledge.In ethology, the study of behaviour, we explore this intelligence, which we classify as individual “cognitive abilities". These a...
Tags: Biology, Animals, Intelligence, Brain, Oceans, Innovation, Lisa Poncet Doctorante, Université de Caen


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


Sleep deprivation affects fertility, memory, and even your immune response after a vaccine

How well did you sleep last night? And how has that affected the way you feel today? Most of us will have experienced poor sleep or even insomnia at some point and know all too well how it leaves you feeling.What might be less well known is how much you benefit from getting enough sleep. Not only will you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day, your mental and physical wellbeing will get a boost. Sleep can help your immune system to be at its best, while not getting enough might ...
Tags: Health, UK, Sleep, Biology, Memory, Public Health, NHS, Innovation, University Of California Berkeley, Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon University, Walker, Matthew Walker, National Health Service NHS, BBC Science Focus


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


Baby beasts: Love and evolution in the animal kingdom

David Attenborough, asked a few years ago by journalist Joanna Nikodemska about the animal he finds most interesting, answered after some consideration that he's most fascinated by a three-year-old human child, whose potential for development and adaptation are simply limitless. The same journalist and I have been verifying this opinion for over eight years now – indeed, observing the development of a juvenile representative of the Homo sapiens species is a continuous, fascinating adventure. Mor...
Tags: Europe, Biology, Animals, Earth, Birds, Innovation, Reproduction, Evolution, South America, David Attenborough, Central America, Tahlequah, Southern Europe, Joanna Nikodemska, Pierre François Verhulst, Anna Sjöblom


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