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  • Scicurious

    Report offers stimulating recommendation on coffee

    A new round of dietary do’s and don’ts accompanied last month’s scientific report on the latest food research, summarizing everything from aspartame to saturated fats. The report puts eggs back on the menu. High dietary cholesterol is no longer linked to blood...
    03/04/2015 - 15:13 Nutrition
  • Wild Things

    Zebra finches use camouflage

    Bird’s nests come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and they’re built out of all sorts of things. Hummingbirds, for instance, create tiny cups just a couple centimeters wide; sociable weavers in Africa, in...
    10/08/2014 - 14:00 Animals
  • Feature

    Doctors enlisted to turn the tide on antibiotic resistance

    It is not difficult to make microbes resistant to penicillin in the laboratory by exposing them to concentrations not sufficient to kill them…. 
    —Alexander Fleming, discoverer of penicillin, in his 1945 Nobel Prize lectureFleming’s remarks were spot-on. Since...
    09/19/2014 - 13:24 Health, Science & Society, Microbiology
  • Wild Things

    Spiders get bigger in the big city

    Bad news for city-dwelling arachnophobes: Some spiders may be bigger in your neck of the woods. Or at least one species of arachnid appears to be. Golden orb-weaving spiders living in the most urban parts of Sydney, Australia, tend to be bigger than those found in surrounding rural areas, according to a...
    08/29/2014 - 12:16 Animals
  • Wild Things

    These lizards may be able to learn from each other

    PRINCETON, N.J. — Learning can be a quick shortcut for figuring out how to do something on your own. The ability to learn from watching another individual — called social learning — is something that hasn’t been documented in many species outside of primates and birds. But now a lizard can be added to the list of critters that can learn from one another. Young...
    08/22/2014 - 08:16 Animals
  • Science Visualized

    Wonders of the northern lights

    Tens of kilometers above the icy waterfalls surrounding Iceland’s Kirkjufell Mountain, Earth’s magnetic field drags electrons from the sun to their visually stunning demise. The zooming particles collide with nitrogen and oxygen in the upper atmosphere, an interaction that produces a brilliant blue-green light show called an aurora.Photographer Nicholas Roemmelt captured this scene on a moonlit...
    07/25/2014 - 09:56 Earth
  • Wild Things

    Mice really do like to run in wheels

    View the videoGive a mouse a wheel, and he’ll be sure to run. Lots of scientific studies have depended on that behavior to test the effects of exercise on health. There’s been...
    05/21/2014 - 12:08 Animals
  • Wild Things

    What animal is the world’s best rock climber?

    What amazed me most about the video of rock-climbing bears that showed up on Gizmodo last week was not that the bears were climbing up vertical rock — it was their technique. I’ve been indoor rock-climbing for years, and I am not nearly as accomplished as these bears. And I’ve got...
    05/06/2014 - 10:20 Animals
  • News in Brief

    U.S. patient with MERS virus is on the mend

    A man reported to have the first U.S. case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, is in isolation and recovering, health officials said in a press conference May 5.The patient, a U.S. citizen in his 60s, is a health care worker who lives in Saudi Arabia and traveled to Indiana on a planned visit to his family. Although he worked in the country that has been the epicenter of the MERS...
    05/05/2014 - 17:48 Health
  • Scicurious

    The memory benefits of distraction

    Most people take it as a given that distraction is bad for — oh, hey, a squirrel!Where was I?… Right. Most people take it as a given that distraction is bad for memory. And most of the time, it is. But under certain conditions, the right kind of distraction might actually help you remember.Nathan Cashdollar of University College London and colleagues were looking at the effects of distraction on...
    11/26/2013 - 17:05 Neuroscience