Why are all of these humpback whales all suddenly hanging out? No one really knows.
In a new study, scientists report spotting as many as 200 humpbacks at a time gathering off South Africa. That’s bizarre for a species previously believed to be loners.
Take half a dozen retired Navy dolphins and put them in a huge tank with a trainer and some oversized hula hoops for six months and what do you get? Potential clues to unraveling the mysteries behind why some marine mammals are susceptible to mass strandings, scientists hope.
It’s even worse than we thought. An unexpected coral bleaching event in the South China Sea shows that reefs can heat up substantially more than the surrounding ocean, making them more vulnerable to climate change.
Studies in Canada show that microfibers used in garments such as yoga pants have become a huge threat to aquatic life. Microfibers made up 95 percent of the plastic pollution in waterways as compared to microbeads which constituted only 5 percent.
A few months ago, at her office in Houston, Kate Rubins was feeling weird.
She was dizzy, she says — “staggering around like a 2-year-old who had just learned to walk.” She was constantly looking at her desk to make sure the objects on top weren’t floating away.
Thousands of people could be living in floating space colonies orbiting the Earth in 20 years’ time, according to the head of a project by the British Interplanetary Society (BIS).
And, while life in space might sound unappealing to some, Jerry Stone believe it could actually be healthier than planet Earth, enabling people to live longer and, eventually, grow taller.
Every now and then a scientific paper makes a real splash. We had one recently, to judge from recent headlines. “Moon rises to claim its place as a planet” said The Sunday Times on February 19, while the Mail Online asked “Is this lunarcy?”.
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If you want to be one of the first human beings to visit Mars, you better have a strong stomach. Scientists in Germany are testing ways in which urine and sweat could help astronauts grow food on the Red Planet.
Stephen Hawking is going to go to space. The cosmologist and physicist will leave the Earth on board Richard Branson’s spaceship, he has said.
Professor Hawking told Good Morning Britain that he’d never dreamed he’d be able to head into space. But “Richard Branson has offered me a seat on Virgin Galactic, and I said yes immediately”, he said.
The Large Hadron Collider has discovered new sub-atomic particles that could help to explain how the centres of atoms are held together.
The particles are all different forms of the so-called Omega-c baryon, whose existence was confirmed in 1994.
The distant past. A long time ago. Right now. Right here. With the way we speak about time and space highlighting their deep parallels, is it any wonder science keeps uncovering new similarities between the two?
Time is weird – in spite of what we think, the Universe doesn’t have a master clock to run by, making it possible for us to experience time differently depending on how we’re moving or how much gravity is pulling on us.
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A drug that can reverse aspects of ageing has been successfully trialled in animals, say scientists.
They have rejuvenated old mice to restore their stamina, coat of fur and even some organ function.
Purging retired cells from the body has been shown to undo the ravages of old age in a study that raises the prospect of new life-extending treatments .
When mice were treated with a substance designed to sweep away cells that have entered a dormant state due to DNA damage their fur regrew, kidney function improved and they were able to run twice as far as untreated elderly animals.
A protein can boost blood stem cells, making them behave like those of younger people. Is it the key to harnessing young blood’s rejuvenating power?
Parenthood is associated with a longer life than childlessness, particularly in older age, according to a study led by Karolinska Institute researcher Karin Modig. By the age of 60, the difference in life expectancy, which does not seem to be influenced by the sex of the child(ren), may be as much as two years.
Dairy cows housed indoors want to break curfew and roam free, suggests new research from the University of British Columbia, published today in Scientific Reports.
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