Animals don’t always stick to traditional menus, and they certainly don’t read the descriptions of their diets we include in textbooks. When it recently emerged that a notorious carnivore (a shark) was actually selecting the vegetarian option, scientists were intrigued. We’ve known for some time that bonnethead sharks consume large quantities of seagrass, but this
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Martin Rees, a well-respected British cosmologist, has made a pretty bold statement when it comes to particle accelerators: there’s a small, but real possibility of disaster. Particle accelerators, like the Large Hadron Collider, shoot particles at incredibly high speeds, smash them together, and observe the fallout. These high speed collisions have helped us discover lots
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Life just got worse for the 50 million people caught up in what may be the biggest hack of Facebook ever. On Friday, the Silicon Valley tech firm revealed that it had detected a security breach in which an as-yet unknown attacker, or attackers, managed to gain access to tens of millions of users’ accounts by exploiting vulnerabilities
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Our experience in school, especially at an early age, often defines us and our perceptions about ourselves and our abilities. Sometimes children may have difficulty in school due to their learning abilities or development, as many young children may develop differently, have different needs and learning
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Selfless acts of generosity activate the brain’s reward regions, making the warm glow of kindness a very real thing, according to British researchers. By analysing the brain scans of over a thousand people making kind decisions, psychologists at the University of Sussex have confirmed that even when there’s nothing in it for you, being nice
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The human brain is a remarkable thing. It can do things our primate relatives are thousands – maybe even millions – of years of evolution away from, and our most complex machines are not even close to competing with our powers of higher consciousness and ingenuity. And yet, those 100 billion or so neurons are also incredibly fragile. If
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The ancient Egyptians associated the ibis-headed god Thoth with writing, wisdom, and magic. The idea of evolution might have taken off sooner if it hadn’t been for the ibis mummies. Naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck was one of the early proponents of the idea that species change over generations, adapting to changes in their environments. Today, biology
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Zebrafish embryo growing its sensory nervous system; credit E.Haynes & J.He This week, Nikon announced the winners of the 2018 Nikon Small World in Motion contest.  First prize went to Elizabeth Haynes and Jiaye “Henry” He of the University of Wisconsin-Madison for their mesmerizing time-lapse video of a zebrafish embryo growing its sensory nervous system over the course of
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A magnitude 7.5 earthquake has struck off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, triggering a 1.8-metre (6-foot) tsunami. The wave tore through several of the island’s coastal cities and towns, including the capital Palu, on Friday. The devastating quake has been followed by multiple strong aftershocks, and comes shortly after a magnitude 6.1
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