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Having your dog in the bed is bad for your sleep.

By Seriously Science | September 20, 2017 6:00 am

Dog owners, we have some “ruff” news for you: according to this study, it might not be the best idea to let Fido sleep in your bed. These researchers tracked the sleep of 40 humans and their dogs by having them both wear movement tracking devices to bed for a week. They found that the humans slept worse when the dog slept in the bed with them, as opposed to on the floor in the same room, likely due to the dog’s movement during sleep. Doggie cosleeper, anyone?

The Effect of Dogs on Human S …

CATEGORIZED UNDER: fun with animals

Citizen Science Salon

Introducing SciStarter 2.0; built with you in mind.

By Arvind Suresh (Editor) | September 19, 2017 9:10 pm

You spoke, SciStarter listened. Check out the new SciStarter, your source for real science you can do, featuring more than 1600 current opportunities for you (yup, you!) to advance scientific research, locally or globally. Most of the awesome citizen science projects you learn about here (on this Citizen Science Salon blog and throughout the awesome website), are sourced from SciStarter, through a long-standing partnership and commitment to bring you opportunities to take  …

Shake map of the September 19, 2017 earthquake in Mexico. USGS.

Rocky Planet

Another Big Earthquake Hits Mexico, This Time Near Mexico City

By Erik Klemetti | September 19, 2017 2:30 pm

For the second time this month, a large earthquake has struck Mexico. Unlike the M8.1 earthquake that occurred off the Pacific coast and far from Mexico City, this one was located under central Mexico and only ~150 kilometers from the massive Mexican capital. This new earthquake was a M7.1 located ~51 kilometers beneath the surface. That will hopefully help dampen some of the potential damage as over 8.5 million people live within 100 kilometers of this temblor. UPDATE: The death toll is no …


Octopuses Are Building Underwater 'Cities'

By Nathaniel Scharping | September 19, 2017 2:06 pm

Underneath the waves lies a lost city, home to untold riches and guarded jealously by the strange creatures who make their homes within its confines.

Well, the riches are all shellfish, but “Octlantis,” a newly discovered settlement inhabited by around a dozen common Sydney octopuses, does have some strange residents.
Tale of Two Cities
Octopuses were once considered solitary creatures, thought to roam the depths alone, meeting only to mate. But recent discoveries have begun to overtur …

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Living World, top posts
MORE ABOUT: animals, ecology


Why Scientists Are Flying Blood Over the Desert

By Lauren Sigfusson | September 19, 2017 11:43 am

Drone delivery is sexy. We’ve seen Domino’s pizza and 7-11 Slurpees dropped by drone. And then there are drones delivering something every human needs to live: blood.

Timothy Amukele, a pathologist with Johns Hopkins University, and his team flew a drone for three hours with blood samples as its payload to see if drones offer a viable solution to transport blood over long distances in hot temperatures. It took a little ingenuity, but they once again demonstrated the usefulness of gett …



This Exoplanet Is Burning Hot and Pitch Black

By Nathaniel Scharping | September 18, 2017 2:37 pm

An exoplanet twice the size of Jupiter is hot, egg-shaped and coal-black.

Wasp-12b is a gas giant orbiting around a Sun-like star some 1,400 light-years away. It makes a complete orbit around its sun in just 24 hours because it lies so close to its star, and the proximity pushes the temperature to around 4,700 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s so hot that molecules there are broken down into atomic hydrogen and helium, and the extreme conditions give it an albedo of just .064, making the planet’ …

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Space & Physics, top posts
MORE ABOUT: exoplanets

Citizen Science Salon

Sweet Citizen Science for National Honey Month

By acrall | September 18, 2017 1:35 pm

Johanna James-Heinz

“For bees the flower is the fountain of life. For flowers, the bee is the messenger of love.”

-Kahlil Gibran

In honor of National Honey Month we’ve highlighted a few citizen science projects you can do to help us better understand our buzzing friends the bees. From honey bees to bumble bees, there’s something for everyone.

The SciStarter Team




Animal Hoarding Is a Unique Mental Disorder, Researchers Say

By Charles Choi | September 18, 2017 1:15 pm

The “cat lady” may be more than just a stereotype. After investigating roughly 30 people who collected nearly 1,400 animals total in southern Brazil, researchers now suggest that such men and women are afflicted with what they called animal hoarding disorder—not to be lumped in with object hoarding.

The first scientific reports of people living with an excessive number of animals first appeared in 1981. Animal hoarding is currently thought of a variant of hoarding disorder, in which peo …

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Health & Medicine, top posts
MORE ABOUT: mental health


Intravaginal Tunes and Didgeridoos: Your 2017 Ig Nobel Winners

By Leah Froats | September 18, 2017 12:23 pm

Not all science needs to be so serious. Since 1991, the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony has proven that the best scientific research can sometimes be a mix of impactful and irreverent.

Let’s check out this year’s winners, broken down by scientific category.

Physics: “On the Rheology of Cats”

Cat owners are familiar with the peculiar quality of felines to fill whatever vessel they occupy, much like a liquid. So it’s only appropriate that the field of rheology, or the branch of physics  …

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Living World, top posts
MORE ABOUT: personal health


Scientific Papers Are Getting Less Readable

By Neuroskeptic | September 16, 2017 2:37 pm

“The readability of scientific texts is decreasing over time”, according to a new paper just out. Swedish researchers Pontus Plaven-Sigray and colleagues say that scientists today use longer and more complex words than those of the past, making their writing harder to read. But what does it mean?

Here’s the key result. This image shows text readability metrics from 709,577 abstracts, drawn from 123 biomedical journals, published in English between 1881 and 2015.

There’s been a clear  …

CATEGORIZED UNDER: history, papers, science, select, Top Posts

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