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laughing animals

Scientists figured out all of the animals that laugh

May 17th, 2021

Laughing is one of the best feelings in the world. It’s a sign of happiness and it has some serious health benefits to boot. We tend to associate laughter with humans and possibly primates, but we’re far the only mammals that enjoy a good chuckle. A new study by scientists at UCLA reveals that there …

extinct owl

Orange-eyed owl reappears after 125 years

May 16th, 2021

When a species disappears for a short while there can be many reasons why. Perhaps its habitat is shifting — either due to natural circumstances or human encroachment — or maybe its primary food source has also relocated, forcing them to follow. Sometimes animals disappear from an area because they go extinct, which is obviously …

dandelion seeds

Scientists discover that dandelion seeds are basically magic

May 6th, 2021

As the warm summer months creep nearer and spring flowers begin to bloom, many of us will find some less welcome blossoms on our lawns. Dandelions are one of the most troublesome weeds, and anyone that’s tended to a yard can tell you that they spread remarkably fast. The plants have a genius way of …

what is death

New research shows death isn’t ‘like flipping a switch’

February 1st, 2021

Scientists studying the nuances of human death have struggled with defining when death actually happens and when a person has crossed the threshold, making death an inevitability. New research reveals that end-of-life care, which is often a stressful topic for family and medical staff when a person is reaching their end, has a good handle …

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Researchers observed mantis sexual deathmatches… for science

January 23rd, 2021

Praying mantises, like most other complex organisms, mate to reproduce, but there’s a wrinkle. Female praying mantises often kill the male after they’re done mating, but one species of mantis has developed a defense. New research shows how male springbok mantises manage to escape sexual encounters without dying in the process.  Sex is the reason …

Humans are keeping bees awake at night

January 21st, 2021

New research into the effects of manmade chemicals on insects has revealed that common pesticides can dramatically affect the brains of flies and bees.  The chemicals throw the insects out of sync with the typical sleep/wake cycle, causing them to act differently. The flies and bees in the study showed dramatic impacts on the memories …

dinosaur mating

We might finally know how dinosaurs had sex

January 20th, 2021

Dinosaur bones have told scientists a lot about how the ancient animals lived, hunted, and died, but reproduction has remained largely a mystery. A new fossil from China provides such an incredibly well-preserved look at the dinosaur’s hindquarters that it shows the orifice that was likely used for expelling waste as well as for mating.  …