Researchers Say Eyes – Not Legs – Initially Prompted Water Creatures to Move Onto Land
What encouraged some water species to evolve into land-based creatures? This is what some scientists attempted to determine by analyzing the bodies of terrestrial vertebrates that existed about 385 million years ago. (MacIver, Schmitz, Mugan, Murphey, & Mobley, 2017) They found that their eyes – rather than their limbs – may have played a large … Continue reading Researchers Say Eyes – Not Legs – Initially Prompted Water Creatures to Move Onto LandRead More »
How Can You Start Flexing Your Memory Muscles?
What if you could improve your memory over time? Many of us assume that our memories deteriorate as we age, and while that may be true for some, it doesn’t have to be our ultimate fate. This is what some scientists hypothesize now that they’ve examined others with excellent memories. In a recent study published … Continue reading How Can You Start Flexing Your Memory Muscles?Read More »
Evolutionary Misfits: The Zebra Swallowtail and the Pawpaw Tree
The Zebra Swallowtail (Eurytides Marcellus) and the Common Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) are both evolutionary misfits. A cursory glance at both may fail to yield a connection but a closer look shows a complex relationship between the butterfly and the fruit tree that gives us insight into the evolutionary path of both. Let us first examine … Continue reading Evolutionary Misfits: The Zebra Swallowtail and the Pawpaw TreeRead More »
Are We Alone in the Universe? Maybe Not, Says Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill is perhaps best known for his role as British Prime Minister, but many might not know that he also had an opinion on extraterrestrials. Now, one researcher has dissected Churchill’s writing to give us a closer look at what the former PM thought about life elsewhere in our universe. In February, news broke … Continue reading Are We Alone in the Universe? Maybe Not, Says Winston ChurchillRead More »
If Bees Go Extinct, Can Drones Fulfill Their Pollination Duties?
Bees are critical to the pollination of plants, and therefore, our food supply. If the insects were to disappear, the end result would be crop damage and not only a lack of food, but economic stability. Luckily, scientists are working on a solution to our looming pollination problem, as bees continue to face threats such as … Continue reading If Bees Go Extinct, Can Drones Fulfill Their Pollination Duties?Read More »
About 3.4 Tons of Pangolin Scales Were Seized in Shanghai, But What Are They?
At the end of December 2016, Chinese officials honed in on an illegal trafficking operation involving pangolin scales. In total, about 3.4 tons of pangolin scales were seized at a port in Shanghai. According to Chinese media, it was the largest seizure of its type in the history of the country – but what are … Continue reading About 3.4 Tons of Pangolin Scales Were Seized in Shanghai, But What Are They?Read More »
Christmas is for the Birds: Let the Bird-Counting Season Begin!
Bird counting might seem like a needless, time-consuming hobby, but many people look forward to it annually around the holiday season. Thanks to the National Audubon Society, bird enthusiasts can collectively come together to count birds in their local areas each year. The Christmas Bird Count, as it’s been titled, is an event held every … Continue reading Christmas is for the Birds: Let the Bird-Counting Season Begin!Read More »
The Extraordinary Memory of Dogs
Dogs are man’s (and woman’s) best friend, and they know about us than we may think. This is what researchers have concluded in a report published in Current Biology. As it turns out, dogs might remember and relive experiences just as their [human] owners do. The researchers looked at a group of 17 dogs to … Continue reading The Extraordinary Memory of DogsRead More »
Why Do Seabirds Consume Large Amounts of Plastic?
If you smell something good cooking in the kitchen, you head over to check it out, right? This is exactly what sea birds think when they’re hovering over the ocean. A new study found that this may be why they ingest plastic as a part of their regular diet. Yes, plastic. Unfortunately, the plastic that … Continue reading Why Do Seabirds Consume Large Amounts of Plastic?Read More »
Little White Lies: How Your Brain Adapts to Dishonesty
If you’ve ever caught yourself telling a white lie, don’t feel too bad – blame it on your brain. New research suggests that your brain might be accustomed to lying if you’ve done it enough in the past. A study published in Nature Neuroscience shows that the brain can pick up on these types of … Continue reading Little White Lies: How Your Brain Adapts to DishonestyRead More »