University of Adelaide research has shown for the first time that, despite not having a nervous system, plants use signals normally associated with animals when they encounter stress. —> Read More
City birds are thugs compared to their country cousins: Sparrows are more protective of their territories in urban areas
Biologists from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University said it was an abundance of food in the city – often from people feeding them – that triggers their aggression. —> Read More
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. scientists have used high-tech detective work to identify the remains of four leaders of Jamestown, the New World’s first successful English colony, more than 400 years after they died, the Smithsonian Institution said on Tuesday.
Plants and animals share more in common than we tend to think, with new research finding that both groups respond to stress in similar ways, at least from a biochemical standpoint. —> Read More
Teleporting from one place to the next looks so fun on the big and little screen. But physicists who actually can do something like that with single atoms say teleporting people would be much messier.
The University College London study analysed figures for 62 councils in England and Wales and found there was no rise in crime including robberies, sex attacks or burglaries. —> Read More
While underwater off the coast of Turkey, a group of divers encountered a translucent blob about the size of a car.
The blob felt “very soft,” divers said, and appeared “gelatinous.” From afar, the mass looked almost invisible, but up close, the group spotted countless little dots floating in the 13-foot sphere.
Diver Lutfu Tanriover, who captured the blob (which he called “the thing”) on video, told the blog Deep Sea News that the group felt both “excitement and fear” as they approached the mysterious mass.
Even after close inspection, the divers say they couldn’t figure out what the blob was.
As Tanriover’s mesmerizing video went viral earlier this month, the Internet leapt at the chance to solve the mystery.
Christopher Mah of The Echinoblog ended up being the first to the plate. Mah said in a tweet that Dr. Michael Vecchione, a squid expert and scientist at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, had come up with a possible answer.
The blob, Vecchione said, was likely an enormous squid egg mass — the “largest” he’s ever seen.
The scientist speculated that a squid called Ommastrephes bartramii (also known as the red flying squid or the neon flying squid) could be responsible for the mass. Red flying squid are a “common species” that can grow to around 5 feet in length, Smithonian.com says.
As Deep Sea News notes, only one other squid egg mass of such enormity has ever been documented.
Lithium has been detected in stellar material blasting away from an exploding star, possibly revealing the source of the basic element in young stars, thereby solving a mystery that has perplexed astronomers for decades. —> Read More