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intelligent life

Maybe we’re the only intelligent life in the universe after all

October 22nd, 2019

Despite the countless scientific and technological advancements over the course of human history, there are still a few big questions we’re no closer to answering now than we were in the stone age. One of the biggest — or perhaps the biggest — is whether or not we’re alone in the universe. We know that …

slime mold

Paris zoo adds slime mold ‘blob’ to its list of attractions

October 16th, 2019

If you find yourself at the Paris Zoological Park this weekend you might come across a creature you wouldn’t normally expect to see on display. It’s not a plant or an animal, and it doesn’t have a brain, but it does demonstrate shocking levels of intelligence. It’s a slime mold nicknamed “the Blob,” and it’s …

piranha teeth

Piranha teeth are even more incredible than we thought

October 15th, 2019

Piranha fish are incredible animals that have gotten a bit of a bad reputation over the years. Though relatively small, the fish sport jaws lined with incredibly sharp teeth that they can use to tear flesh from bone. The fish, which are actually omnivores and not strict carnivores, don’t often mess with humans, but there’s …

snakehead fish

If you see this fish, kill it

October 10th, 2019

Invasive species can be a major problem no matter where they pop up. Whether plants or animals, species that are taken to new areas can rapidly disrupt the ecosystem and drive native species out, or even push them to extinction. In the United States, invasive fish species are unfortunately fairly common, but the Georgia Department …

running efficiency

You’ve been running wrong your entire life

October 9th, 2019

Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner, amateur jogger, or simply run when the situation warrants it, a new study claims that you’d be doing yourself a favor if you bound your feet together before your next sprint. This seemingly counterintuitive tip comes from a paper published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, and it has some …

new mineral

Scientists discover entirely new mineral hiding out in South Africa

September 23rd, 2019

We generally have a pretty solid grasp of what kinds of materials exist in Earth’s crust, but despite centuries of study, sometimes our planet throws researchers a curveball. For one Ph.D. student from the University of Alberta, that curveball took the form of a never-before-seen mineral tucked away inside a diamond at a volcanic site …