The mass quantities of food Americans waste every year has staggering environmental consequences, according to a study published Wednesday. “Our data suggest that the average person in the United States wastes about a pound of food per day,” said the University of Vermont’s Meredith Niles, one of the study’s authors along with researchers at the…
April 20, 2018
The first scientific expedition to the depths of the Indian Ocean southwest of Java has returned with some amazing treasure: at least 11 unusual deep-sea species that were previously unknown to science.   Jointly conducted by the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences, the expedition collected over 12,000 specimens from…
April 20, 2018
When it comes to defending the nest, ants have developed a whole bunch of unique and painful ways to stop their enemies. But a new and bizarre species of “exploding ant” (Colobopsis explodens) blows them all away.   During territorial combat, these tree-dwelling ants latch onto their enemies, split open their own insides, and spill yellow,…
April 20, 2018
An unusual pair showed up in the pre-dawn hours at Fire Station 82 in Wayne Township, Indiana, last week. Repeatedly pressing the doorbell was a frantic woman. In her arms was a furry, masked animal that firefighters later described as “lethargic,” fire department spokesman Michael Pruitt said.   Through her panic, the woman divulged that…
April 20, 2018
Dogs can quickly feel like part of the family, and a new study shows that our canine pals share more similarities with human beings than we thought – particularly when it comes to gut microbiomes and responses to diet.   By analysing poop samples, both with and without special diets in place, researchers found that…
April 19, 2018
The gemstone opal is beloved for its scintillating array of colours.  Now the nanostructures that make those dazzling colours possible have been found elsewhere – in a common type of seaweed found throughout European coastal regions.   Brown algae (Cystoseira tamariscifolia) is also called “rainbow wrack.” When out of the water and dry, it’s a…
April 19, 2018
An unexpectedly heavy cardboard box, filled with flat-packed formations. Seemingly superfluous pieces of particle board. A madness-inducing number of screws, nails, and washers, plus the lingering fear that one might be left over.   Even if you like putting together IKEA furniture, you’ve gotta admit that it’s no walk in the park. It’s the ultimate…
April 19, 2018
NASA’s newest satellite is scheduled to launch on the evening of Wednesday 18 April, 22:51 UTC. Known as TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite will play a crucial role in humanity’s search for planets outside our own Solar System. And it’ll be blasted into orbit by SpaceX’s famous, reusable Falcon 9 rocket.   Shortly after the launch, SpaceX…
April 19, 2018
It’s the prettiest powder keg on the planet – the Yellowstone supervolcano, simmering under the mystique and grandeur of the national park that adorns the fearsome caldera. And scientists just got one step closer to understanding the hidden geology of this epic blowhole.   Using supercomputers to model the behaviour of two known magma chambers concealed…
April 18, 2018