Giraffes are the tallest animal ever to walk the earth, hence the simile that goes as tall as a giraffe. The tallness is attributed to its extraordinarily tall neck and its corresponding tall and masculine leg that gives it anchorage it needs. When viewed from a distance, the giraffe is a magnificent and striking beautiful […]
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Baboon mothers living in the wild carry dead infants for up to ten days, according to a new study led by UCL and Université de Montpellier. The research, published in Royal Society Open Science, is the most extensive study on baboons, reporting on 12 cases of group responses to infants’ deaths, including a miscarriage and two […]
We bet you have never seen a man cut water in half with a superhydrophobic knife.
A liger is the offspring of a male lion and a female tiger. Lions and tigers are part of the genus, although they are different species. It is also possible for a male tiger and a female lion to breed, although those offspring are generally called tigons. Interestingly, ligers will typically grow larger than either […]
The technical skills of the Roman agrimensores – the technicians in charge of the centuriations (division of the lands) and of other surveys such as planning towns and aqueducts – are simply legendary. For instance, extremely accurate projects of centuriations are still visible today in Italy and in other Mediterranean countries. Their work had also […]
Humans are now closer to seeing through the eyes of animals, thanks to an innovative software framework developed by researchers from the University of Queensland and the University of Exeter. PhD candidate Cedric van den Berg from UQ’s School of Biological Sciences said that, until now, it has been difficult to understand how animals really […]
Burning of the rainforest in southwestern Amazonia (the Brazilian, Peruvian and Bolivian Amazon) may increase the melting of tropical glaciers in the Andes, according to a study in Scientific Reports. Newton de Magalhães Neto and colleagues modelled the possible effect of biomass burning in the Amazon Basin on the Bolivian Zongo Glacier using data collected […]
There’s chaos in the night sky, about 60 to 600 miles above Earth’s surface. Called the ionosphere, this layer of Earth’s atmosphere is blasted by solar radiation that breaks down the bonds of ions. Free electrons and heavy ions are left behind, constantly colliding. This dance was previously measured through a method called incoherent scatter […]
Sea creatures, whether large or small, need nutrients. The supply mechanism delivering these nutrients is very different in different parts of the ocean, there are nutrient-rich coastal areas, but also very nutrient-poor regions in the open ocean. In some areas, the lack of iron in seawater limits plankton growth. These include much of the polar […]
What if it was your job to stay in this cage while a starving and angry polar bear tries to get in? Could you handle it?