Magpies have no weakness for bling bling and it is certainly not the case that they appropriate it as soon as they get a chance. Research by the University of Exeter shows that myths about magpies are being denied. The researchers base their conclusions on experiments with both wild magpies and magpies in captivity.Read More
Scientists have discovered that an already dry part of the Middle East has lost 144 cubic kilometers of water in just seven years. That is roughly comparable to the amount of water in the Dead Sea. The researchers studied the area along the Tigris and Euphrates: from Turkey, to Syria, Iran and Iraq (see above).
Does humanity have a starship by 2112? If it is up to the initiators of 100 Year Starship. This week the 100 Year Starship exhibition takes place, where speakers and guests talk about the possibility to travel to another planetary system within a hundred years. In May we already wrote about 100 Year Starship (100YSS).
Because the spiral system - seen from us - is tilted, we look straight into the heart of NGC 3981. Wow! The beautiful spiral galaxy NGC 3981 shines on the photo, contrasting with the ink-black background. The spiral system is about 65 million light-years away from the earth and is located in the constellation Beker.
Scientists have discovered that phytoplankton, microscopic sea plants, is able to choose the hare path when it feels threatened. And that is a first: as far as is known, no other plant does that. The researchers studied how phytoplankton and zooplankton dealt with each other when they accidentally discovered that phytoplankton sometimes chose the hare path.
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The nephew of T. Rex, the Allosaurus, had the eating behavior of a modern falcon and not - like his great nephew T. rex. - that of a crocodile. This appears from a new investigation. “The Allosaurus is generally seen as a smaller or earlier version of the T. rex but nothing is less true.
The 2010 earthquake that struck Chile caused even the ice in Antarctica to shake. Research shows that. It proves that the frozen continent is sensitive to seismic waves from very distant earthquakes. It is not uncommon for quakes to be measured on Antarctica. Ice deformation means that sometimes hundreds of micro-earth ticks occur every hour.
People younger than 12 and older than 60 have a lot more primordial bacteria on their skin. American researchers have discovered that. Their findings can be found in the Scientific Reports magazine. Primordial bacteria clearly distinguish themselves from bacteria and can often be found in extreme habitats.
Scientists have found a new type of mistletoe. It is a tropical variant that only grows on a mountain in Mozambique. The plant does not resemble the well-known mistletoe that is used in Europe and America to kiss others: the new species has many more leaves. The scientists call the Helixanthera schizocalyx plant.
Some fifty percent of the animals that we once shared the earth with have already disappeared, researchers conclude. How are the animal species on earth doing? To answer that question, you can look at the number of species that are dying out. Among the vertebrates there are on average about two a year.
If you want to learn to play a musical instrument or need to know new dance steps, it is advisable to take a break during practice regularly. That is much more effective than studying without a stopover. New research shows that. The researchers gathered 31 students who had to master a difficult computer task.
We have a very distorted picture of danger. This is apparent from a very nice data analysis that recently appeared online. The researchers actually focused on three questions: what do people die of, what do people think they die about and there is a difference between the two? To answer those questions, they first delved into a database of the American Center for Disease Control.
From Amsterdam to Brussels in half an hour? Perhaps this is possible in the future. The first test was held in Japan on Monday with a super-fast magnetic hover train. This maglev train reaches a speed of 500 kilometers per hour. At present, the fastest Japanese magnetic hover train is the Hayabusa shinkansen.
This appears from an update of the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species. There are 82,954 species on the list, of which 23,928 are now threatened with extinction. The eastern gorilla - which consists of two subspecies - is no longer 'endangered', but is classified as 'seriously endangered' on the new list.
Earlier traces of a supernova were found on Earth and it seems that the same supernova also treated the moon with new chemical elements. About two million years ago, a star exploded in the vicinity of our solar system. During such an explosion, chemical elements fly through space.
The lions in the zoo of the Egyptian capital, Cairo, have taken the pill through veterinary surgeons. The animals have reproduced well in recent years; now there are no fewer than 53 copies in the lofts. And even the zoo has to admit that that is too much. And so the animals are slowed down with the help of medicines.
Lightning fast evolution. Just between the apartment buildings or on a square filled with tourists. It happens! Cities occupy an increasingly larger part of the earth's surface. Man is of course not the only species that lives there: animals and plants also find their way there. And scientists are discovering more and more animals and plants that even thrive in the city.
With the help of invisible circular polarized light, the lobster lets others know where he is. Scientists have already shown in an earlier study that praying locust lobsters of the species Gonodactylaceus falcatus can reflect and detect circularly polarized light. And that is rare in nature.