Category Archives: Life Science

A New Type of Engineering Could Save Earths Climate

Shared from Tech Insider and BBC News.

bubblesWe all know Bill Nye is not shy about sharing his opinions on controversial subjects, and his views on climate change are no different. In an interview with National Geographic a couple of weeks ago he discussed a type of engineering that could have the potential to combat climate change in a major way.

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Horse Facial Expressions Mirror Humans

Body lahorse-laughingnguage and facial expression in particular are a nonverbal language that’s universally understood. Around the globe, a smile conveys unequivocal happiness while a scowl shows contempt. Humans, in fact, can convey more than 27 emotions through facial expressions alone. Interestingly, new research has revealed that humans are not the only species to utilize facial movements to display emotion.

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Baby Tortoises are Back!

baby tortoisePity the plight of the poor Galapagos tortoises. The past several hundred years have been tough. Their population, once estimated up to 250,000, has dropped precipitously. Whalers and pirates in the 1600s, 1700s and later, found these ancient creatures a meaty and easy-to-maintain food source for their voyages — tortoises could survive for long periods on a ship without food and water.

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sn-spiders_4Spiders are often perceived as fearless and terrifying creatures able to hold their own against any predators. But when it comes to the Reclinervellus nielseni wasp — which lives in Australia and Japan — the spider is no match. This species of wasp has the gruesome ability to turn the Cyclosa argenteoalba species of spiders into arachnid zombies that they feast on until their usefulness runs out.


Return of an Extinct Congo Monkey!

First observed in the forests of the Republic of the Congo in 1887, the rare Old World Bouvier’scongo monkey red colobus monkeys (Pilicolobus bouvieri) were distinguished by their reddish fur, large eyes, white chin and whiskers and long tail. Originally considered a sub-species of Pennant’s Colobus monkeys native to Central Africa, they were reclassified as a distinct species in 2007.

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Human Evolution and the Precision Grip

pic012 Picture an image of our earliest ancestors such as such as Homo erectus. What do you see? For many, we imagine a primitive, “ape-like” creature with brute strength but little finesse. Recent research, however, reveals ancient hominins that lived nearly 3 million years ago may have developed the fine motor movement for a precision grip, allowing them to wrap their thumbs and fingers tightly around objects. Precision grip is ability to touch the index fingertip with the tip of the thumb. Researchers are now speculating that this precision grip may have allowed our ancestors to create and use stone tools much earlier than previously believed.

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MMR VACCINEThe most recent measles cases are tied to an outbreak originating in Disneyland and another theme park in Southern California. Victims are now reported in 14 states. The American Academy of Pediatrics is urging parents to vaccinate their children rather than delaying or refusing the shots. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that 90 percent of people who come in contact with the disease and are not vaccinated will contract it. Children aren’t administered the first dose of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine until 12 months old and the second dose between ages four and five. Therefore, children under one year of age are at a high risk of being infected. The CDC has reported 102 cases in 2015, already and that number will likely increase.

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