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Roses May Soon Smell Much Sweeter

Breeding over hundreds of generations has helped roses look better and live longer, but at the expense of their sweet-smelling scent, reports the AP. After all, those buying bouquets don't really care about a flower's ability to attract pollinators. A new study in the journal Science, however, may help restore...

That Didn’t Take Long: North & South Carolina Shark Attacks Blamed on Global Warming

Guest Post by Bob Tisdale There has been a series of shark attacks off the Carolina coasts. As of last count, the number is 11 shark bites since mid-May. As one might have expected, from mainstream media’s let’s-see-what-we-can-blame-on-global-warming department comes the CBSNews article “Strange” spike in shark attacks puzzles experts. The news report includes (my…

Single-Celled Predator Evolves Human-Like 'Eye'

Eye-like ocelloids are built from different endosymbiotically acquired components. 2015. Nature A single-celled marine plankton evolved a miniature version of a multi-cellular eye so complex that it was originally mistaken for the eye...Show More Summary

Your brain wrinkles like a screwed-up ball of paper

The same forces that govern a scrunched-up piece of paper can explain the numbers of folds and grooves in human, pig, elephant and rat brains

Ocean-going spiders can use their legs to windsurf across water

Many common spider species orient their arms and bodies into sails and their silk into anchors, allowing them to catch a breeze and sail on water

The 5th INS/ASSBI Pacific Rim Conference Underway

The 5th INS/ASSBI Pacific Rim Neuropsychology Conference is underway. Here is the conference homepage. Follow the action on Twitter at the hashtag #insassbi2015.

Crash Course Astronomy: Meteors!

I’m not gonna lie to you: This is one of my favorite episodes of Crash Course Astronomy we’ve done so far. It was a lot of fun, and this is just such a fantastic topic to talk about. So here you go: “Meteors, Meteoroids, and Meteorites,...Show More Summary

Setting up for the Open Day

Staff at Wessex Archaeology’s London & South East office are busy setting up for the Open Day tomorrow 4 July 2015. There are lots of finds, posters, displays and activities to sort in preparation for our visitors tomorrow. We are hoping for a good turn out! To find out more about this event follow this link By Marie Kelleher - Heritage Consultant, London & SE News

Medicine Is a Battlefield. Here’s How to Stay in the Know

It's been said science is a full contact sport. And no branch gets rowdier in a political sense than health care. The post Medicine Is a Battlefield. Here’s How to Stay in the Know appeared first on WIRED.

Absurd Creature of the Week: If This Wasp Stings You, ‘Just Lie Down and Start Screaming’

The tarantula hawk is actually a kind of solitary wasp, with a sting that causes a fiercely electric pain that could only be described as totally unacceptable. The post Absurd Creature of the Week: If This Wasp Stings You, ‘Just Lie Down and Start Screaming’ appeared first on WIRED.

$4,200 and up: Millions of children's lives saved through government programs

More than 34 million children's lives have been saved since 2000 because of investments in child health programs at a cost of as little as $4,205 per child, according to a new analysis in The Lancet. read more

What’s Inside Fireworks: Glitter, Starch, and Gunpowder

The fireworks that go boom so colorfully every Fourth of July are a chemical cocktail of explosives and pigments. The post What’s Inside Fireworks: Glitter, Starch, and Gunpowder appeared first on WIRED.

New Pew Center study finds global warming to be a mostly political issue

The public’s political views are strongly linked to attitudes on environmental issues But politcal views are not a major factor on biomedical, food safety and space issues July 1, 2015 (Washington) – Public attitudes about climate change and energy policy are strongly intertwined with political party affiliation and ideology. But politics play a more modest,…

Best of Our Blogs: July 3, 2015

The upcoming 4th of July holiday conjures up images of freedom. What does freedom mean to you? If you could dream up what freedom really looks like in your ideal life, which definition rings most true to you? Freedom from negative thoughts, a break from illness, a […]

Ask Language Log: pronouncing apoptosis

From AB, MD (CPT, MC, USA): I have an odd inquiry that I'm hoping you'll oblige. My question is about the preferred pronunciation of apoptosis. I believe the scientist who originally described this phenomenon asked a linguist to invoke an image of an Autumn tree shedding a leaf. We are now in an intense debate […]

Smile at a party and people are more likely to remember seeing your face there

When you smile at a party, your facial expression is emotionally consistent with the happy context and as a consequence other guests will in future be more likely to remember that they've seen your face before, and where you were when they saw you. Show More Summary


The most recent xkcd: The business about eventually being either "an ancestor to all living humans, or none of them" might have been brought to mind by Adam Rutherford, "So you're related to Charlemagne? You and every other living European…", The Guardian, 5/24/2015. But it's true, and as discussed in "Being descended from Confucius", 2/9/2012, the […]

Assign Y

I’m sorry I missed Tuesday’s exercise; I’ve been very busy at work. Today’s exercise is an interview question of the kind I don’t like: it’s tricky, you either know the answer or you don’t, and it’s unlikely to be useful in any real programming situation: You are give four integers x, y, a and b. […]

Using demographic models to project the effects of climate change on scleractinian corals: Pocillopora damicornis as a case study

Using empirical analyses of the effects of global climate change (GCC) and ocean acidification (OA) on the survival and calcification of early life stages of Pocillopora damicornis, we employed a demographic approach to forecast the consequences of GCC and OA on the population dynamics of this coral. We constructed a size-based demographic model using life-history […]

Responses of pink salmon to CO2-induced aquatic acidification

Ocean acidification negatively affects many marine species and is predicted to cause widespread changes to marine ecosystems. Similarly, freshwater ecosystems may potentially be affected by climate-change-related acidification; however, this has received far less attention. Show More Summary

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