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If you've ever wondered why the rabbits in your garden aren't as big as horses, wonder no more. According to a team of scientists led by Kyoto University's Primate Research Institute, competition with larger, hoofed herbivores puts a cap on the top bunny size.Continue ReadingCategory: Biology, ScienceTags: Kyoto University, Animals, Evolution
For many years now, scientists have learned about the past by analyzing core samples taken from ice caps or soil. They have now applied that same technique to a millennia-old pile of bat poop, with interesting results.Continue ReadingCategory: Biology, ScienceTags: Bats, History
Although adult stegosaurs reached lengths of up to 9 m (30 ft) they still started out as small as a cat, if a recently-found footprint is anything to go by. And what's more, they may have walked differently as babies.Continue ReadingCategory: Biology, ScienceTags: University of Queensland, Dinosaurs, Fossils
The brewing of beer produces great quantities of leftover grain, which often ends up being processed into cattle feed. Scientists have developed a new method of extracting the protein and fiber from that waste, however, for use by humans.Continue ReadingCategory: ScienceTags: American Chemical Society, Virginia Tech, Beer, Waste, Recycling, Brewing, Protein, Fiber, Biofuel
In 2014, no less an authority than NASA proclaimed in peer-reviewed papers that it was getting mysterious thrust from the EmDrive, a strange, brassy trumpet of a thing that its creators claimed could produce thrust with no propellant. NASA's findings replicated 2009 experiments in China. A zero-propellant thruster? The world sat up and listened.Continue ReadingCategory: Physics, ScienceTags: Sate
In 2015, the Hubble Space Telescope captured an image of the Veil Nebula. NASA has revisited this image and applied new processing techniques, bringing out even finer details of the nebula.NASA, ESA/Hubble and Z. Levay have been able to bring out additional details in the ionized gas that makes up the threads and filaments of the nebula. Observations taken by Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 instrume
It may be a bit gross, but mucus plays a key role in our bodies. Now, an MIT team has managed to create an artificial version of the stuff, and shown that it’s an effective antimicrobial – even more so than real mucus.Continue ReadingCategory: ScienceTags: MIT, Fluid, Artificial, Protein, Bacteria, Antibiotic, Antibacterial
For scientists working to understand why some geysers erupt with relative regularity and others do not, Yellowstone National Park provides a valuable testbed. Researchers at the University of Utah have been keeping a close eye on these famous streams of airborne water and steam, and have now managed to image the plumbing system of the tallest one in the world. These insights, the team says, could
The Earth has an expiry date – in about five billion years, the Sun will expand and swallow up our home world. But it turns out life on Earth could have a much earlier end point. A new study has found that in about a billion years’ time, the atmosphere will lose most of its oxygen rapidly, which may have important implications in the search for life on other planets.Continue ReadingCategory: Envi
Four independent experiments across the globe have found that it's possible to establish two-way communications with people in the weird, hallucinatory state of lucid dreaming, opening up a new field of real-time "interactive dreaming" research.Continue ReadingCategory: ScienceTags: Sleep, Dreams, Northwestern University, Radboud University, New Atlas Audio


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