A kite chick in Gloucestershire which broke its beak after growing too big inside its egg, undergoes reconstructive surgery. —> Read More
Tiny Anolis lizards preserved since the Miocene in amber are giving scientists a true appreciation of the meaning of community stability. Dating back some 15 to 20 million years, close comparison of these exquisitely preserved lizard fossils with their descendants alive today in the Caribbean has revealed, remarkably, little about them has changed. —> Read More
The 280-mile-wide (450 km) impact crater Odysseus on Tethys stands out brightly from the rest of the illuminated crescent as seen by the NASA/ESA Cassini spacecraft. Tethys, Saturn’s fifth largest moon, was discovered in 1684 by the Italian astronomer Giovanni Domenico Cassini. The moon is a cold and heavily scarred body, about 662 miles (1,066 [...] —> Read More
The wonderful thing about the ocean is that the tide never fails to turn.
The world is unpredictable—weather patterns shift, tectonic plates drift and collide, species live and die—but the tide will always come in and go out on time.
I love to sit on the rocky shore just before I go freediving, and feel the vibrations of the swell thundering in. I can sense the moment when the tide changes—the energy of the entire ocean leaning against a continent.
The swells build and explode on the rocks like bass drums. Clouds of spray swirl up in the wind. Frothing water streams through natural canals, pouring nutrient-rich sea into stagnant pools.
If my life was a story, it would begin with the tide.
Millions of years ago, semi-aquatic creatures made their way out the tide and onto the beach, evolving into four-legged mammals that eventually, over a very long time, became humans like you and me.
As early people developed in Africa, the tides brought food in the form of shellfish, supplying our growing brains with rich omega fatty acids. And when the world was in the grip of a major ice age around 150 000 years ago, and the interior of the continent was dry and uninhabitable, the sea at the southern tip of Africa quite possibly saved our species from starvation.
Scientists have uncovered archaeological evidence of early humanity’s close bond with the ocean in caves all along South Africa’s wind-battered coastline.
T. rex and other big dinosaurs had teeth that were specialized for tearing through flesh and bone — only one living animal has similar tooth structure. Can you guess which? —> Read More
Teachers with strong social-emotional skills tend to implement new social-emotional intervention programs more faithfully, according to a study conducted by a University of Pittsburgh education professor published in the Society for Prevention Research’s journal, Prevention Science. This study is part of a larger special issue on schools’ readiness to implement new interventions, edited by Pitt’s Shannon Wanless and her colleague Celene Domitrovich from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning. —> Read More
Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, PhD, professor of psychology and Richard & Rhoda Goldman distinguished professor of social sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, recently co-edited a book called Are We Born Racist?: New Insights from Neuroscience and Positive Psychology. He is a frequent contributor to Psychology Today. Mendoza-Denton has published groundbreaking research on bias, stereotypes, and prejudice. He is also faculty advisor for the Greater Good Science Center, which studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, teaching skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society. —> Read More
Tyrannosaurus rex had teeth like a STEAK KNIFE: Serrated bite of theropods could crush bone, analysis reveals
University of Toronto Mississauga paleontologist Kirstin Brink said fossil evidence showed that T. rex’s serrated teeth could crush bone and rip through the meat of its prey. —> Read More
University of York researchers say those whose mothers made ‘mind-related comments’ were more able to understand other people’s feelings by age five. —> Read More
Impossible foods is working on meat and cheese alternatives made entirely from plants, and hope to unveil its Impossible Burger, made entirely from plants later this year. —> Read More