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How to Stop Insects from Having Sex: Lower Neuropeptide Levels in Their Brains
Want to stop insects from breeding? There may be a new way to do so. Scientists have identified a neuropeptide named natalisin that decreases the desire for sexual activity in pest insects. Like Us on Facebook
Sea otter return boosts ailing seagrass in California
The return of sea otters to an estuary on the central Californian coast has significantly improved the health of seagrass, new research has found. Seagrass was deemed to be heading for extinction in this region before the otter
Chelyabinsk Meteorite Fragments Reveal Potential Space Collision
When the Chelyabinsk meteorite streaked across the sky in February, it caused quite a bit of a stir in Russia. The resulting shockwave from its impact shattered glass, injuring over a thousand people. Now, scientists have found ou
Big break in dolphin die-off mystery: Measles-like virus found
Genetic tests have confirmed the presence of a measles-like virus known as morbillivirus in some of the victims of a massive dolphin die-off on the Atlantic Coast. This is a second big strike for the virus, which was the chief
Out of Many Psittacosaurus, One Emerges
How many species of non-avian dinosaur were there? We will probably never know the definite total, but we can be sure that there were both more and less dinosaur species than have been named to date. The process of science is at t
Latest Radioactive Leak at Fukushima: How Is It Different?
In the latest crisis to strike the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, operator Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) has discovered that 300 tons (nearly 72,000 gallons) of highly radioactive water has leaked from a holding ta
Wolves Howl Out of Loneliness
The “woe is me” sound of a wolf howl is tied to loneliness and affection for others, a new Current Biology study suggests. What’s more, each howl appears to be uniquely matched to the quality of a specific wolf relationsh
Wingsuit Diving: Too Risky to Master?
Base jumping and sky-diving in a wing-suit makes extreme sports even more extreme, as recent high-profile deaths make clear. When Mark Sutton jumped out of a helicopter in a wing-suit last week, he likely knew the chances of se
WWII Dogfight Evidence Found in Italy
A group of amateur researchers have discovered dramatic evidence for one of World War II's last Curtiss P-40 Warhawk and Luftwaffe's JG 53 “Aces of Spades” dogfights, revealing a forgotten story of courage and survival. The
Ostrich egg hailed as oldest globe from the New World
A European collector of antique maps claims to have identified the oldest known globe depicting the New World -including the future Canada - after spending a year researching what he concluded is a 509-year-old ostrich egg transfo
Two more dolphins wash up on New Jersey beaches, including one in Brigantine
Two additional dolphins washed up on New Jersey beaches Saturday, including one in Brigantine, bringing the statewide total to 68 since July. Dolphin carcasses were reported in Sea Girt, Monmouth County, and off Brigantine's 43
Arctic Ocean Losing Sea Ice At An Alarming Rate: NASA
Although the ice cover at the North Pole has rebounded from last year’s record-breaking low with this year’s summer low also not likely to break any new record, NASA said sea ice in the Arctic still continues to retreat and me
New telescope will be 10 times sharper than Hubble
Scientists are currently hard at work on a new telescope that promises to have 10 times the resolution of the Hubble Space Telescope — but we're going to have to wait awhile. So far, only one of an eventual seven massive mirr
Mercury Content in Fish Will Rise, Study Reports
Even though several studies have found that eating a good amount of fish could lead to better health, the risk of consuming excess amounts of mercury can be extremely detrimental. Mercury is a toxin created industrially that infec
Ocean Acidification Will Make Climate Change Worse
Given that they cover 70% of the Earth’s surface—and provide about 90% of the planet’s habitable space by volume—the oceans tend to get short shrift when it comes to climate change. The leaked draft of the forthcoming comi
Dozens of dead bodies lie exposed to vultures and elements at Texas’ Body Ranch
The dozens of corpses lying in the high grass of an open field beneath the hot Texas sun, being plucked apart by flocks of vultures, are there for a reason. The bodies are part of a Forensic Anthropology Center program at Texa
Dolphins dying by the dozens along East Coast
What's killing the East Coast dolphins? The carcasses of dozens of the marine mammals, seven times more than normal, have been washing up on beaches this summer, and scientists are struggling for answers to the die-off. In
More Sea Turtles Are Dying From Eating Plastic
As an intern at an oceanography laboratory in a small beach town on the Brazilian coast, we came across many beached sea turtles–some alive, most dead. While collecting measurements and tissue samples, we would also inspect the
Anthropologists Study the Genesis of Reciprocity in Food Sharing
When you share your lunch with someone less fortunate or give your friend half of your dessert, does that act of generosity flow from the milk of human kindness, or is it a subconscious strategy to assure reciprocity should you on
Russian Meteor Explosion’s Dust Circled the Earth, Lingered for Months
he Chelyabinsk meteor – weighing 11,000 metric tons and measuring 59 feet in diameter – entered Earth’s atmosphere shortly after sunrise on February 15, 2013, proceeded down towards the earth’s surface at 41,600 miles per
Constant access to wireless networks has an environmental cost
Cloud computing should be driving sustainable development, but its turning us into energy consuming monsters, write Stuart Newstead and Howard Williams
Nepal to Open Five New Peaks to Mountaineers
Nepal will open five peaks of over 8,000 metres to expeditions when the autumn climbing season begins, taking the total number of such mountains to 13. The new peaks - Lhotse Middle, Lhotse Shar, Kanchenjunga South, Kanchenj
Off the North Carolina Coast, Pirate Treasure of a Different Sort
Sunken treasure lies 25 feet beneath the sea off North Carolina, where archaeologists are probing the wreck of the Queen Anne’s Revenge -- the flagship in the dread pirate Blackbeard’s flotilla. But this treasure won’t s
Space Telescope Kepler, a Job Well Done
Though NASA last week scrapped efforts to restore the crippled Kepler spacecraft to full working order, the space telescope project -- one of the most successful scientific missions ever -- almost certainly will continue to yield
Iran Initiates Plan to Set Up Base in South Pole
Iran has taken up action set up a permanent base in Antarctica, Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Gholam Reza Khadem Biqam announced on Tuesday. "Deployment in antarctic waters is on Islamic Republic of Iran
Tomb of a Powerful Moche Priestess-Queen Found in Peru
Some 1,200 years ago, a prominent Moche woman was laid to rest with great pomp and ceremony. Now archaeologists have uncovered her tomb along with clues that testify to her privileged status and the power she once wielded. The
The Rise of Eco-Friendly Pearl Farming
When Josh Humbert inspects his farm, he dives into the clear blue waters of a lagoon, on a picture-perfect island that is fringed with palm trees. Humbert is the manager and owner of Kamoka Pearl, a boutique family business on the
Anthropologists Study Testosterone Spikes in Non-Competitive Activities
The everyday physical activities of an isolated group of forager-farmers in central Bolivia are providing valuable information about how industrialization and its associated modern amenities may impact health and wellness. Stud
Clermont looks to capitalize on growing sport with rowing complex
Hoping to propel a sport more popular in the Northeast, the Orlando Area Rowing Society three years ago launched a program to teach middle-schoolers how to row. Boats full of children quickly began to pick up oars and hit the wate
Hunt for sunken warship bearing £150m
LOCATING a sunken warship said to contain more than £150million worth of silver ingots would be enough to make most people feel emotional. But for marine archaeologist Neil Cunningham Dobson, his feelings had remarkably little
Autonomous ocean gliders improve environmental studies
Though 70 percent of the earth’s surface is covered by oceans, 95 percent of these waters are currently unexplored, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Researchers at Texas A&M are working to discov
Starved Polar Bear In Norway May Be A Victim Of Climate Change
A polar bear carcass found on the Arctic island of Svalbard, the northernmost part of Norway, has shocked experts who say climate change may be to blame for the animal's death. The starved polar bear in Norway was said to be in
Megaconus: Furry Proto-Mammal Stuns Paleontologists
An international team of paleontologists has discovered a well-preserved fossil of a proto-mammal, named Megaconus mammaliaformis, that lived in what is now the Inner Mongolia Region of China about 165 million years ago. The fossi
Everest climbing rules 'to be tightened'
Nepalese officials say that for the first time, a government team will be located at the base camp. They will monitor and help expedition teams, coordinate rescues and protect the environment. The move follows embarrassing i
Biblical find! Piece of Christ’s cross claimed found during Turkey archeology dig
An archaeology dig at a Turkey church may have unearthed a sacred relic — a piece of the cross used to crucify Jesus Christ. The religious artifact was found in a stone chest during an excavation at the Balatlar Church in th
US could store 500 years of CO2, geologists say
After taking a look at suitable underground rock formations across the country, scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey say there's the potential to store more than 500 years' worth of carbon dioxide emissions, which have been
Volcanic Magma On the Highway from Hell
The Costa Rican volcano Irazú drove the opposite direction of the classic AC/DC song by rocking out on the “highway from hell.” Thunderstruck scientists suggest understanding the seismic dirty deeds that shook Costa Rica all Discovery News - Earth News
Shark Cesarean section: SeaWorld's Discovery Cove
SeaWorld veterinarians have successfully completed the park's first Cesarean section on a shark. Park officials announced Tuesday that the emergency C-section was performed last month on a whitetip reef shark at Discovery Cove,
Scientists Build A Robot To Track Sharks
After receiving a grant from the NSF, the research team began work on developing a robotic shark tracking system. The primary robot is off-the-shelf – they use Ocean Server’s Iver2 autonomous underwater vehicle. But they’ve
Will These Wetsuits Actually Deter Shark Attacks, or Just Encourage Them?
Shark attacks account for just four or five deaths a year worldwide, on average. Still, any time we plunge into the ocean, the specter of Jaws and his finned friends looms large. So what can we do to lessen those rare, deadly enco
Sharks flock to Cape Cod, but fishermen fear the seals
On any given day, in the waters off Cape Cod, you can see thousands of seals. Tourists line the shores, and gawk, drawn here by the promise of sighting the whiskered sea mammals. While visiting the Cape with her family, Alexa
Shark on a train! 'Sharknado' apocalypse hits New York City, maybe
Only in New York. Subway riders got a taste of Sharknado late yesterday when a dead shark was discovered riding to Queens on the N train. NYU student Brandon Sanchez, 20, of Williamsburg said he and a friend made the fishy d
Once bitten, twice shy: our exaggerated fear of shark attacks
With beach season in full swing, the question inevitably arises: what are the chances of getting attacked by a shark? In a phrase: extraordinarily low – though not nonexistent. It is higher in certain parts of the US (Florida to
The Basics of the Great White Shark
Nearly as long as a bus and weighing almost 2.5 tons, no fish is more fearsome or famous than the great white shark. From its torpedo-shaped body to its powerful jaws containing some 300 jagged teeth, the great white has evolved o
Conservationists Condemn Fisherman for"Climbing Inside Shark Corpse for Photo
Conservationists have condemned a 'hideous and disgusting' viral picture which appears to show a man who killed a shark climbing inside its gutted dead body. The shocking image shows an unnamed fisherman who killed and gutted t
Shark Found Hanging Upside Down off Australian Coast
The six-foot mako shark was discovered by a local builder and marine photographer, Robbert Westerdyk, during a dive in the HMAS Adelaide marine reserve, about 60 miles north of Sydney. It had been stabbed in the chest, had its
Hammerhead Shark Study Shows Cascade of Evolution Affected Size, Head Shape
The ancestor of all hammerhead sharks probably appeared abruptly in Earth's oceans about 20 million years ago and was as big as some contemporary hammerheads, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Insight Into The Lives Of The Atlantic Great White Shark
1 month ago today we tagged and released Lydia: a 14 ft. 6 in. mature female Great White Shark weighing 2,000 lbs. Lydia was named after the founder of Bradley University, a long time friend of Caterpillar Inc. So far Lydia has re
Blood Samples: A Snapshot of a Shark’s Biology & Physiological Health
We are all starting to learn so much about the movement patterns of white sharks tagged so far by OCEARCH, and the SPOT tags are providing real-time information that allows us to track these sharks on a day-to-day basis! But whil
Great White Shark: The Basics
The legendary great white shark is far more fearsome in our imaginations than in reality. As scientific research on these elusive predators increases, their image as mindless killing machines is beginning to fade.
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