A new research report published in the November 2014 issue of The FASEB Journal suggests that being overweight might be better in the long term than being underweight. —> Read More Here
Felix Baumgartner and now Google exec Alan Eustace have each broken the sound barrier without mechanical engine thrust to aid them. How on Earth can a person fall THAT fast and still live to see terra firma again? —> Read More Here
Today: 57 Progress (P) Launch Status: 57P successfully launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome today at 2:09am CDT. The spacecraft proceeded with a nominal 4 orbit rendezvous with ISS and docked to the DC-1 docking port at 8:08am CDT. The Progress is delivering more than 2987 lbs of cargo to the ISS.
Shana Miller was fresh out of college in 1998 when she came face-to-face with one of the fastest fish in the sea.
She and her friends battled for three hours to haul a 154-pound bluefin tuna aboard their boat off the Maryland coast. And when she finally looked the creature in the eye, she felt something unexpected.
“There was something very personal,” she recalled when she and I talked recently. “I felt it looking at me. It was big, beautiful, fast, and powerful. That experience put me over the edge to want to study bluefin tuna.”
I asked Miller what she did with the fish. It turns out that she and her friends ate it, not realizing then the extent of overfishing that has greatly reduced bluefin populations—to the point that western Atlantic bluefin tuna populations are now just 55 percent of their already depleted 1970 level. But I admire what happened next. Seizing on the passion that took hold that day—she describes herself as the “biggest bluefin fan on the planet”—Miller, now 38 and holder of —> Read More Here
Predators trick-or-treating across the northern plains are on the look out for their favorite full-sized candy bar. In a new video released this week, hear from our American Prairie Reserve biologists, Kyran and Damien, as they talk about the crucial role that these miniature snacks play in the larger ecosystem. Watch as hungry badgers go door to door — will they get their sweet surprise?
American Prairie Reserve (APR) is assembling a world class wildlife reserve in northern Montana, with the goal of one day creating a seamless 3.5 million acre grassland ecosystem. APR’s President Sean Gerrity is a National Geographic Fellow and was recently profiled by The Innovators Project. Learn more about the Reserve, including our work to increase prairie dog populations, on the Reserve’s website.
Biological membranes are mainly composed of lipid bilayers. Gaining a better understanding of adsorption of solution ions onto lipid membranes helps clarify functional processes in biological cells. A new study, published in EPJ E, provides a quantitative description of the equilibria between lipid membranes and surrounding solution ions. In addition to shedding some light on biological processes, these results could also have implications for, among other things, the future development of medical diagnostics. —> Read More Here
Scientists and government officials are meeting in Copenhagen to edit a report on the causes, impact and solutions to global warming. —> Read More Here
Physicists have predicted that time travel and teleportation could become a reality this century. Scientists from Imperial College London and the Univ… —> Read More Here
Annual photomicrography competition proves good things can come in small packages. —> Read More Here
Video games, Jane Austen, and a Welsh footballer: it might seem these three have nothing in common, but all have been the basis for online abuse targeted specifically at women. —> Read More Here