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The First Photograph of the Sun

On Thursday, March 20, we celebrate the vernal equinox—the first day of spring, when neither the Earth’s south pole nor its north pole is tilted away from (or towards) the sun, and the day’s 24 hours are split evenly between…

No Ecosystem on Earth Is Safe From Climate Change

If climate change continues unabated, nearly every ecosystem on the planet would alter dramatically, to the point of becoming an entirely new biome, according to a new paper written by 42 scientists from around the world. They warn that the…

A Once-Captive Dolphin Has Introduced Her Friends to a Silly Trend

In 1995, a bottlenose dolphin named Billie leaped from the water of Port River, Australia, and began “tail-walking” in circles around Mike Bossley’s boat. Her tail was pumping vigorously, her snout was pointed to the sky, and her body was…

Video: The Future of Protein Will Not Be Animal Meat

The average American eats 80.6 pounds of beef every year. Since farming cattle is water and land-intensive—and responsible for between 18 and 51 percent of greenhouse gas emissions—companies like Beyond Meat are racing to diversify protein sources that will feed…

Cold climates contributed to the extinction of the Neanderthals

Climate change may have played a more important role in the extinction of Neanderthals than previously believed, according to a new study published in the journal, Proceedings of the Natural Academy of Sciences. A team of researchers from a number…

Why you are completely punctured by mosquitoes (and your partner is not)

It is summer again and the mosquitoes are coming out massively. When you hear buzz in the bedroom you know that the next morning is hit: you’re under the mosquito bites. But why are you always stung, and not your…

Why do we tap our feet to a musical beat?

In a paper recently published by the Journal of New Music Research, Professor Rolf Inge Godøy and colleagues at the University of Oslo explore the theory behind the relationship between musical sound and body movement. Previous studies have shown that people…

Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?

A look at the available evidence. Schmidt is the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a.k.a. GISS) a world-class climate-science facility. One day last year, I came to GISS with a far-out proposal. In my work as an…

This amazing robot swims like an eel AND detects pollution

Inspired by one of nature’s most efficient swimmers, bio-roboticist Auke Ijspeert and his team are building a sinuous robot that can venture into toxic waters. By Rebekah Barnett / This article was originally posted on Ted Tech. Let’s say you wanted…

New technique can capture images of ultrafast energy-time entangled photon pairs

Scientists at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo have captured the first images of ultrafast photons that are energy-time entangled. The new technique will have direct applications for quantum cryptography and communication protocols, including the…