Dr. Kenshu Shimada from DePaul University has found new evidence of massive prehistoric sharks in Kansas. While these sharks aren’t new to science, Dr. Shimada’s results suggest they were bigger than previously thought, about 10 m long (whale sharks have been recorded up to 12.6m). When I first read this headline my first thought was, well, [...]
Just before Valentine’s Day, a 2,550 square-kilometer hunk of glacier separated from the Mertz Glacier Tongue, a peninsula of floating ice off of East Antarctica.
Current research indicates this mammoth hunk of ice will negatively alter weather patterns, animal migrations, and potentially aquatic life—though the effects aren’t likely to be felt for a few decades.
So how the [...]
Mosquitos are widely acknowledged as the most deadly creature on the planet, due to their rather unfortunate habit of being the disease vector for yellow fever, dengue fever, malaria and Chikungunya. Not precisely helpful. Researchers at UC Irvine and Oxford are working on a plan that might be able to stop the insects from transmitting dengue fever and other diseases.
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You in the mood for an awesome animated infographic? Of course you freaking are! Check out this awesome illustration at informationisbeautiful.com. David McCandless and Andy Perkins have pored over almost a thousand research papers looking for this information. It charts herbal supplements popularity versus their published effectiveness. Radius is how many hits they have on Google, [...]
Wow, that’s just asking to be completely mis-represented, and used as a metaphor for the bleeding of the planet. But I digress. The Blood Falls of Antarctica is a salt water plume off Taylor Valley that is hyper-saline, and filled with iron oxides, which account for the macabre color.
Buried 400m beneath the surface of [...]
Here’s an example about how maths is awesome, hard, but awesome!
Darwin’s finches have been a touchstone of evolutionary biology since, well, Darwin. These finches live on the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador and exhibit amazing variation in beak structure. The species of finches on the Galapagos have evolved to utilize a myriad of niches, [...]
Damn nature, you scary! And [...]
The NHS has decided not to waste any more money on homeopathy.
The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee said using public money on the highly-diluted remedies could not be justified.
The cross-party group said there was no evidence beyond a placebo effect, when a patient gets better because of their belief that the treatment works.
The House [...]
After seeing a “clean coal” ad during the Winter Olympics, I’d just like to make a point or two. Clean coal doesn’t exist yet. There are no coal plants which successfully capture the majority of their emissions. Coal mining is still one of the most destructive and environmentally damaging techniques possible to gain energy. It also has an inordinately [...]