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Endangered Bumble Bee Gets Help From Citizen Scientists

By Eva Lewandowski | March 22, 2017 4:40 pm

The United States Endangered Species Act is often considered to be the most powerful piece of environmental legislation not just in the US, but in the world. As a result, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) formally lists a species as either threatened or endangered, it can be a game-changer for the species in question, protecting and even recovering a plant or animal that would otherwise be headed towards extinction. Such an action usually garners a fair amount of notice among conse …

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Citizen Science, Environment


Wastewater and Beer Make a Fine Pairing

By Nathaniel Scharping | March 22, 2017 2:35 pm

In the water cycle, what comes out of us eventually goes back in. Along the way, we can make it something better.

That’s the idea behind a new beer from San Diego’s Stone Brewery made from the city’s recycled wastewater. Their aptly named Full Circle Pale Ale uses water from Pure Water San Diego, a water treatment company that aims to supply one-third of the city’s water within the next two decades. They’ve partnered with the brewery to give the much-maligned concept of “toilet to tap”  …

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Environment, top posts
MORE ABOUT: sustainability, water

Dead Things

WHAT?! A Massive Dinosaur Family Tree Rewrite

By Gemma Tarlach | March 22, 2017 1:00 pm

Ask any obsessive dino-phile above kindergarten age to explain the dinosaur family tree and it’s likely the first thing you’ll hear is that all dinosaur species fall into one of two groups. It’s a core concept upon which our entire understanding of dinosaurs is built. But according to a new study, we got that most fundamental aspect of dinosaur evolution completely wrong. Oops.

For more than a century, the dinosaur family tree was understood as having a very early split into two branches …

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Living World, top posts
MORE ABOUT: dinosaurs, fossils


Climate change in 2016 — and continuing into 2017 — has brought the planet into "truly uncharted territory"

By Tom Yulsman | March 22, 2017 10:37 am

A new report confirms that last year brought record global temperatures, exceptionally low sea ice, and unabated sea level rise

Yesterday I reported that even though the warming influence of El Niño is long gone, February of 2017 brought very little letup in global warming.

SEE ALSO: As the Trump administration proposes to gut climate change funding, the climate continues to change

Now, the World Meteorological Organization is confirming that 2016’s “extreme weather and climate …

Seriously, Science?

Attractive people are more likely to get divorced.

By Seriously Science | March 22, 2017 6:00 am

From Brad Pitt to Elizabeth Taylor, many of the most beautiful celebrities also boast rocky private lives. But is this due to their attractiveness, their celebrity, or something else? This study investigated the relationship between physical attractiveness and relationship longevity, for both celebs and normal folks. They found that “those rated as more attractive in high school yearbooks were married for shorter durations and more likely to divorce,” a result that also proved true for high …


Dubai Officials Enlist RoboCops for Street Patrols

By Amy Klinkhammer | March 21, 2017 2:10 pm

Some of the world’s first robotic police officers will reportedly hit the streets of Dubai in May.

Brigadier Abdullah Bin Sultan, director of the Future Shaping Centre of Dubai Police, made the announcement Monday during a police forum held in the city. By 2030, Dubai officials hope that up to 25 percent of their police force will be artificially intelligent. This, from the same crime-fighting organization that has Lamborghini, Ferrari and Bentley patrol cars parked in its garage.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Technology, top posts
MORE ABOUT: robots


As the Trump administration proposes to gut climate change funding, the climate continues to change

By Tom Yulsman | March 21, 2017 1:46 pm

Last month brought scant relief from global warming, and there’s a chance that 2017 could turn out to be the warmest year on record

Even though the warming influence of El Niño is long gone, and 2017 was expected to offer some relief from record temperatures set last year, February saw very little letup in global warming.

And now there’s at least a chance that 2017 as a whole could be headed for the record books.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration is moving aggressively to halt  …

The Crux

Soaking in a Hot Bath Yields Benefits Similar to Exercise

By Steve Faulkner, Loughborough University | March 21, 2017 11:17 am

Many cultures swear by the benefits of a hot bath. But only recently has science began to understand how passive heating (as opposed to getting hot and sweaty from exercise) improves health.

At Loughborough University we investigated the effect of a hot bath on blood sugar control (an important measure of metabolic fitness) and on energy expended (number of calories burned). We recruited 14 men to take part in the study. They were assigned to an hour-long soak in a hot bath (40˚C) or an …

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Health & Medicine, Top Posts
MORE ABOUT: personal health

The Extremo Files

Could Life's Earliest Stages Have Survived Without a Key Ingredient?

By Jeffrey Marlow | March 21, 2017 5:25 am

“CHNOPS” is one of science’s most revered acronyms, an amalgamation of letters that rolls of the tongues of high school biology students and practicing researchers alike. It accounts for the six elements that comprise most biological molecules: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorous, and sulfur.

Biologists have traditionally assumed that all six elements were prerequisites, as each one is found in several of life’s most essential molecules. But what if earlier life forms  …


You Can Become a Memory Champion, Too

By Ian Graber-Stiehl | March 20, 2017 3:23 pm

Need to memorize a series of numbers? Try this: Imagine yourself walking through a house while locking visualizations of a “12” or “78” into different rooms and cabinets located throughout the house.

You’ve just used the “method of loci,” which is a fundamental memorization technique that dates back to ancient Greece and is employed by champion memory athletes. Radboud University Medical Center neuroscientist Martin Dresler, lead author of a study recently published in the j …

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Mind & Brain, top posts
MORE ABOUT: memory & learning

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