Hannah Fry is teasing me! The mercurial mistress of mathematics hijacked the latest episode of Horizon to take a look at the issues that will change the way we live our lives in the future. And she goes all deep data to do it.
Need I say more? Ok, I will. I can’t believe it’s ten years since this landmark series, and that trailer that bought Icelandic band Sigur Rós to public attention.
Twins born to a Vietnamese woman have different fathers. This is the seventh recorded case of this nature as of 2011 according to some news reports. One child has thick wavy hair, the other thin straight hair. Family members had commented on the different appearances prompting a DNA test.
PLOS One, a generally respected scientific journal that has been at the forefront of the open access movement, just published an article attributing the morphology of the human hand to Intelligent Design. Specifically, the abstract claims that
As if we didn’t have enough to worry about, right? Now it’s not just parasites and diseases, but also the diseases our parasites have.
Back toward the beginning of my Monday Mustelid series I wrote about the Black-footed Ferret, which is native to North America and had suffered such a huge population decline during the 1900s that it was declared extinct before a specimen was discovered in 1981. While concerted captive breeding programs have since…
According to The Guardian, scientist have discovered that the African golden jackals are actually African golden wolves. In short, similar morphology between two distinct canid species led scientists to believe that they were different subspecies of the same animal spread out over vast regions of Asia and Africa, but…
In 2007, Dr. Jill Pruetz reported an extraordinary discovery: chimpanzees in southeastern Senegal were using spears to hunt their food. And slightly stranger still, it seemed like the females were doing a lot of the spearing.
Our planet runs on sunlight. The steady stream of free energy that rains down on us from above keeps us warm, drives our cycles of wind and rain, and powers the photosynthesis that ultimately feeds very nearly every living thing on Earth.
While not everyone's cup of tea, dissections can still be fascinating and educational. At midnight BST / 7pm EDT a colossal squid will be dissected by a team in New Zealand.
Danish researchers, writing in PLOS ONE, have described a new genus of deep-sea animal discovered off the coast of Australia. Specimens defy easy placement in any known animal group, while sharing similarities with a group thought to have died out more than 500 million years ago.
Deep sea hydrothermal vents, home to exotic forms of life that exist nowhere else on earth, are very close to being commercially mined for precious and rare-earth metals. This could have profound effects on the isolated ecosystems surrounding the vents, some of which have existed for millennia.
Seven science bloggers took a crack at Star Wars' planet Tatooine last week, exploring real-life issues like megafauna, apex predators, water cycles and evolution through the lens of the desert world featured in 5 out of 6 Star Wars films.
"This is actually a test showing how sponges pump water through themselves for filter feeding! They simply colored the water around them so you could easily see the process"
A new paper in Cell shows a fascinating link between sensing pain and longevity. TRPV1, more commonly known as the capsaicin receptor, is expressed on our sensory neurons and is important for detecting pain and heat.
Ctenophores, also known as the "comb jellies", are an ancient phyla of animals. They have no HOX genes, at least some of which are present in every other animal except themselves and sponges. They lack many of the basic immune system adaptations common to all other animals, including sponges.
There are many things that make the octopus a strange creature, but one of them is that each of its eight arms has an essentially infinite number of positions, and yet each arm operates independently. How does an octopus keep from tying itself in knots?
Welcome to 'Things that Make you go Nope', an ongoing series inspired to bring out the nopetopus in you. Last time around we hit on the Dung Beetles that somehow made eating poo into the less disturbing option. . . let's see if the flies can top them.