Does a single fiber really matter amid all the sediment and detritus that amphipods regularly swallow? Jamieson thinks so. For a start, PCBs and other toxins can stick to plastic, turning fibers into sinks for other contaminants. Also, many of the pi
3. A too-narrow pelvis Problem: Childbirth hurts. And to add insult to injury, the width of a woman's pelvis hasn't changed for some 200,000 years, keeping our brains from growing larger. Fix: Sure, you could stretch out the pelvis, Latimer
and it's this: why on earth should all those complicated brain processes feel like anything from the inside? Why aren't we just brilliant robots, capable of retaining information, of responding to noises and smells and hot saucepans, but dark in
The new science of nature can be regarded as new in at least two respects: a new approach, and a new goal. The new approach may be described as dogmatism based on skepticism: in other words, as Descartes explained his Discourse on Method, the proper
What makes a bigger impact than talent or intelligence? Mental toughness. Research is starting to reveal that your mental toughness?-?or "grit" as they call it?-?plays a more important role than anything else when it comes to achievi
. But ideophones share a couple of characteristics that make them unique. For one, they constitute their own unique class, marked with their own linguistic rules - in the same way that, say, nouns or verbs also follow their own rules in how they ar
Over time, there is a build-up of toxins such as tau proteins and beta-amyloid plaques in the brain that correlate to the aging process and associated cognitive decline. Although this is a natural part of growing older, many factors can exacerbate it
There are tens of thousands of mental models, and every discipline has their own set that you can learn through coursework, mentorship, or first-hand experience.
Besides contagion, laughter also leaves us peculiarly helpless and vulnerable. We can be doubled up with laughter, or laugh until we weep. Physiologically, it can come close to crying. Nearly every aspect of the body - voice, eyes, skin, heart, b
Measuring emotional intelligence is relatively new in the field of psychology, only first being explored in the mid-80s. Several models are currently being developed, but for our purposes, we'll examine what's known as the "mixed model," deve
And, finally, several important court judgments have recently been handed down allowing police to take DNA samples from people who have been arrested but who have not yet been convicted of a crime. (Related: WI police will now forcibly take DNA sampl
The black object was a giant BLACK BIRD which stood at least 4 to 5 feet tall. I was in awe and a little bit scared at the sight of the GIANT BIRD. I stopped my motorcycle immediately hoping that the beast would not attack m
This cartoon is about laying down the logic of the simulation argument.Understand it first, and then dismiss it - or, better yet, don't. It doesn't argue that we are necessarily in a simulation. It just says it's one of three possibilities for t
The first serious poisoning in British Columbia was reported in 2003, and another occurred in 2008. Both victims survived. Then, in 2016, a 3-year-old boy from Victoria died after eating mushrooms found outside an apartment complex. Kroeger thought h
My team at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a colleague at Georgia Gwinnett College have shown that all black holes are not created equal. If the black hole like Sagittarius A*, located at the center of our own galaxy, is large and rotat
Currently, conspiracy theories like Flat Earth count YouTube as one of their largest recruitment tools. At the second annual Flat Earth International Conference in November, most participants told The Daily Beast they'd converted to Flat Earth beli
Recent evidence suggests there are more animals here by weight than in all of the world's fisheries combined. But who lives here, and in what quantities? Since August, a group of scientists has been using new technology to better understand the tw
The good news is actually Cloud Cosmology. It provides a clear starting point and allows the effect of symmetries to be predicted and studied. I
Situated on Sandhornøya island in northern Norway, the Nature House is the Hjertefølger (translated as "heart followers") family's labour of love, taking two years to design and build. The solar-powered, three-storey, five-bedroom home features
Standing on these shoulders, later theorists crafted the two standard models: one to explain the particles and forces, another to make sense of the origins and evolution of the cosmos at large. The standard model of particle physics is particularly i
Though the quasar is very far away?"12.8 billion light-years?"astronomers can detect it because a galaxy closer to Earth acts as a lens and makes the quasar look extra bright. The gravitational field of the closer galaxy warps space itself, bendi
Dr. Brusatte said the sauropods responsible for some of the tracks as "the first species of truly colossal sauropods that lived on Earth." "They were probably more than 15 meters (49ft) long and weighed more than 10 tons."
Is String Theory the final solution for all of physic's questions or an overhyped dead end? This video was realised with the help of Dr. Alessandro Sfondrini and it was funded by SNSF under Agora Grant n. 171622 and through the NCCR SwissMAP: The
Unfortunately, in order to grow the plants or provide a medium for the bacteria, fertile soil and fresh water are required. Not only are these not plentiful in all parts of the world, but they could also otherwise be used to grow food crops.
Writing away at my desk, I reach my hand up to turn on a lamp, and down to open a drawer to take out a pen. Extending my arm forward, I brush my fingers against a small, strange figurine given to me by my sister as a good-luck charm, while reaching b
Indeed, the difference between Aristotle and Plato is profound and sets up the debate that continues to this day. The practical implications are also profound. To use the term "mutually exclusive" may be an overstatement or at least imprecise
s. Finally, one of them has succeeded in creating a life form that is not only founded on entirely novel genetic letters, but is also capable of using the instructions to assemble materials that incorporate wholly unnatural building blocks. This is l
"That decreases your unpowered descent rate to that of a parachutist," he said. "You start with a design safety feature that no other aircraft has, which places you safely back on the ground if, for some reason, the engines fail.
Although we're all familiar with the phenomenon of melting, most of us don't really think about the physics behind the process. Essentially, when something melts all that's happening is that the bonds between its molecules break down and they begi
From fuels, to foam mattresses, to high-performance carbon fibers, scientists are getting better all the time at capturing harmful CO2 and turning it into useful products. Researchers at Rutgers University have made an exciting breakthrough in this a