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Redwoods Surprise Scientists
With a Survival Tactic
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Dec 9, 2023 12:10 PM CST
Redwoods Surprise Scientists With a Survival Tactic
Decades-old reserves of carbon brought centuries-old buds to life
- You don't survive up to 2,000 years without learning a trick or two, and ancient redwoods in California have revealed one of theirs to researchers. Some of the trees that were thought to have been damaged beyond repair during 2020 wildfires in Big Basin Redwoods State Park are...
After 3 Months of Wasabi,
Subjects Saw 'Dramatic Change'
Dec 8, 2023 1:05 PM CST
After 3 Months of Wasabi, Subjects Saw 'Dramatic Change'
Those who ingested wasabi saw 'dramatic change' in participants' short- and long-term memory
- Want to boost your memory? Smear some extra wasabi on your sushi. That's the findings out of Japan's Tohoku University, where a team of scientists have found that indulging in the spicy green condiment can improve both short-term and long-term memory. In the double-blind, randomized study published in...
New Find in Pompeii:
a Bakery-Prison for Slaves
Dec 8, 2023 12:49 PM CST
New Find in Pompeii: a Bakery-Prison for Slaves
Enslaved people ground grain in cramped room with barred windows, say experts
- The discovery of a cramped room with barred windows in Pompeii has revealed what one expert describes as a "most shocking side of ancient slavery." Archaeologists, who found the room in the working quarters of a large house whose living quarters were lavishly decorated with frescoes and marble...
For Many, Consequences of
Giving Birth Go on for Years
Dec 7, 2023 10:20 AM CST
For Many, Consequences of Giving Birth Go on for Years
Research finds more than a third of postpartum patients suffer long-term health issues
- Researchers are calling for more of a spotlight on the long-term health of postpartum patients following the release of a study showing that more than a third of them suffer from lasting issues after giving birth, per the World Health Organization , one of the study's supporters. In the study...
'Bunch of Amateurs'
Dec 7, 2023 8:15 AM CST
'Bunch of Amateurs' Uncover Lost Tudor Palace
Royal manor house at Collyweston was visited by kings and queens
- They had "no money, no expertise, no plans." Yet a group of amateur archaeologists have managed to find a lost English palace visited by kings and queens, which had become the stuff of legend. The village of Collyweston in Northamptonshire lies on the medieval route that connected London...
Researchers May Have
Cracked a Cancer Enigma
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Dec 2, 2023 6:00 AM CST
Researchers May Have Cracked a Cancer Enigma
Newly discovered stem cell in spine could explain why so many cancers spread there
- Scientists have long known that cancers often spread to the spine, but they haven't known why. A new discovery may provide an answer—and point to ways to keep cancerous cells in check, reports
. Researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine report in the journal
Sleep a Few
at a Time
Nov 30, 2023 1:44 PM CST
These Penguins Sleep a Few Seconds at a Time
Chinstrap penguins are micro-nap masters while guarding their young
- It's a challenge for all new parents: Getting enough sleep while keeping a close eye on their newborns. For some penguins, it means thousands of mini-catnaps a day, researchers have discovered. Chinstrap penguins in Antarctica need to guard their eggs and chicks around-the-clock in crowded, noisy colonies. So they...
Not Seen for 80 Years,
This Little Guy Reappears
Nov 30, 2023 12:25 PM CST
Not Seen for 80 Years, This Little Guy Reappears
De Winton's golden mole was presumed extinct
- Researchers in South Africa say they have rediscovered a species of mole with an iridescent golden coat and the ability to almost "swim" through sand dunes after it hadn't been seen for more than 80 years and was thought to be extinct. The De Winton's golden mole—...
6-Planet Solar System
in Milky Way Has
Scientists in Awe
Nov 29, 2023 12:12 PM CST
6-Planet Solar System in Milky Way Has Scientists in Awe
'My jaw was on the floor,' says one of discovery made by NASA, ESA planet-hunting satellites
- Astronomers have discovered a rare in-sync solar system with six planets moving like a grand cosmic orchestra, untouched by outside forces since their birth billions of years ago. The find, announced Wednesday in the journal
, can help explain how solar systems across the Milky Way galaxy came to be....
Pollution Has Unexpected
Effect on Green Sea Turtles
Nov 27, 2023 11:48 AM CST
Pollution Has Unexpected Effect on Green Sea Turtles
Researchers say it's helping create too many females
- For male green sea turtles, it's the second part of a double whammy they could ill afford. A new study suggests that ocean pollution is contributing to a serious gender imbalance—way too many females are being born and way too few males, reports Science Alert . As the
Move Over Helicopter Parents.
Meet the Hunter-Gatherers
Nov 26, 2023 1:30 PM CST
Move Over Helicopter Parents. Meet the Hunter-Gatherers
New research looks at the benefits of more communal parenting styles
- Move over helicopter parents , tiger moms , and bulldozer dads—a new parenting style (that's quite ancient, actually), would like to take the floor. According to the Hill , a new paper in
takes a look at the merits of hunter-gatherer childrearing through observations of modern societies like the...
Man Films Bat Sex in Church,
Makes Surprise Discovery
in case you missed it
Nov 25, 2023 2:15 PM CST
Man Films Bat Sex in Church, Makes Surprise Discovery
Serotine bat thought to be only known mammal to have sex without penetration
- There was a lot of sex happening in the church attic—but without humans and, weirdly, without penetration. Indeed, as scientists describe in a new study, it was the first time a mammal—specifically, the serotine bat native to Europe and Asia—was documented reproducing without penetrative sex. Scientists had...
More Pregnant, Postpartum
Women Dying of Overdoses
Nov 24, 2023 10:10 AM CST
More Pregnant, Postpartum Women Dying of Overdoses
Study finds ratio jumped between 2018 and 2021
- A January study found mortality rates for pregnant women and new mothers worsened during the pandemic, and a new study zeroes in on one such cause: overdoses. Researchers with the National Institute on Drug Abuse reviewed data on more than 17,000 deaths over the 2018 to 2021 period; STAT...
We Might Still Feel
Nov 23, 2023 12:50 PM CST
We Might Still Feel Aftershocks From 1800s Quakes
So finds a new study that looked at three historical North American quakes
- If you live around the Missouri-Kentucky border and have experienced an earthquake, there's a roughly 30% chance it was an aftershock from a trio of quakes that struck the area between 1811 and 1812, or so says a new study. The
reports on the research into the lifespan...
Is Jellyfish Mucus a
Warning Sign of Sorts?
Nov 22, 2023 11:23 AM CST
Is Jellyfish Mucus a Warning Sign of Sorts?
Experiment suggests deep-sea mining could potentially hurt the creatures
- The rush to find the minerals needed to power our batteries and other electronics has mining companies looking to the seafloor—but at what potential cost to the marine life that lives above it? A study published Tuesday in
aimed to answer that question using jellyfish, and as...
AI Can Predict How
Drunk You Are
Nov 19, 2023 4:55 PM CST
AI Can Predict How Drunk You Are
Researchers trained AI to measure intoxication based on people reciting tongue twisters
- Start practicing your tongue twisters, because artificial intelligence might be judging your sobriety on how well you recite them soon. At least that's what some researchers suggest after conducting a study analyzing intoxication levels based on speech that had remarkable accuracy. The
walks through the findings in their...
It's a 'Pivotal Milestone'
Courtesy of Webb Telescope
Nov 16, 2023 11:55 AM CST
It's a 'Pivotal Milestone' Courtesy of Webb Telescope
In a first, chemical composition of an exoplanet's clouds definitively identified
- The James Webb Space Telescope has revealed details of an "absolutely hostile" planet where it rains, not water, but particles of silicate sand, which whip around at speeds of a couple of miles per second. The gas giant Wasp-107b, some 200 light years away in the Virgo constellation, is...
These 8 Factors
Can Slow Aging
by 5 Years
Nov 11, 2023 8:30 AM CST
These 8 Factors Can Slow Aging by 5 Years
Following a new checklist from the American Heart Association could help decelerate the process
- If you love a good checklist, then keep this one from the American Heart Association handy. It outlines eight essential measures that can slow down aging by up to five years, based on new findings out of Columbia University that AHA will launch at its annual meeting this November, the...
For This Dog-Loving Scientist,
'Enlightening' Research on Cats
Nov 11, 2023 5:30 AM CST
For This Dog-Loving Scientist, 'Enlightening' Research on Cats
Your favorite felines can make nearly 300 facial expressions, debunking their 'aloof' reputation
- A psychology professor who also happens to love dogs had always thought of cats as being somewhat "aloof," and so when she embarked on a nearly yearlong study of felines to figure out how they communicate, she didn't expect her findings to reveal anything much different about...
Study Finds New Worry
for Endangered Cheetahs
Nov 8, 2023 2:30 PM CST
Study Finds New Worry for Endangered Cheetahs
They become more nocturnal on hot days, and that could mean less food for them
- Cheetahs are usually daytime hunters, but the speedy big cats will shift their activity toward dawn and dusk hours during warmer weather, a new study finds. Unfortunately for endangered cheetahs, that sets them up for more potential conflicts with mostly nocturnal competing predators such as lions and leopards, say the...
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