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squirrel brain disease

Man’s death linked to consumption of squirrel brains

October 17th, 2018

Hunting for your own food can be a rewarding and liberating thing, but knowing where to stop when preparing wild game for consumption is obviously pretty important. A case of a 61-year-old from Rochester, New York, is getting some attention lately as a stark reminder of that fact, as the man’s consumption of squirrel brains …

catch and release

Catch-and-release fishing might actually be doing more harm than good

October 10th, 2018

Catching fish for food is something that has been done for, well, pretty much since the dawn of mankind, but fishing as a hobby or sport is a relatively recent wrinkle. Sportsmen who fish simply for the enjoyment of it often adopt strict catch-and-release policies to ensure that fish populations remain robust, sustaining their pastime …

dickinsonia

These big flat blobs might now be the oldest known animals on the entire planet

September 20th, 2018

You’ve probably never heard of a long-extinct organism known as Dickinsonia. Unlike dinosaurs like the Tyrannosaurus rex or more recent extinct beasts like the wooly mammoth, fossils of  Dickinsonia aren’t particularly interesting to look at. The large, flat, ribbed blobs are mostly featureless, and the animal itself probably wouldn’t have been very exciting to observer. …

noise cancelling brain

Your brain is noise-cancelling

September 13th, 2018

When you’re shopping for a new pair of headphones one of the best features to have is noise-cancelling technology. Drowning out the random noises around you lets you really sink into the music, or whatever else you’re listening to, but a new study suggests that the brain actually has some pretty fancy noise-cancelling power of …