Scientist interview: Culum Brown [biology/fish]

Thu, Jul 10, 2014

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A couple of weeks ago we were telling you about a study which showed that not only do fish feel pain, but they also multi task and even have cultural traditions. We liked it so much, that we included Culum Brown, the study leader, in our list of featured researchers. He was kind enough to […]

Our little study: No, 9 out of 10 people don’t see the same word

Thu, Jul 10, 2014

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Look at this image – what’s the first word you see? According to some (unscientific) sources, 9 out of 10 people see the same word. This has been spammed all over the internet and even snuck its way into some medical and psychological cabinets, but I had a feeling it’s hogwash – and you (yes, […]

GeoPicture of the week: The Mexican hat

Thu, Jul 10, 2014

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When you look at these rocks – it’s quite easy to understand why they’re usually called ‘The Mexican hat’: The Mexican hat is a rock formation in south-central San Juan County, Utah, United States. Interestingly, it’s the name of a mini-village (named after the formation), with 31 people inhabiting it. The formation is a 60-foot […]

Elephant starts crying after being released from 50 years of abuse

Tue, Jul 8, 2014

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For 50 years, Raju the elephant was abused. He was shackled, held in spiked chains, his spirit and his body purposely broken. But that all change when finally, he was rescued by wildlife conservationists. When he realized that he was being saved, the elephant was so emotional that he started crying. “They [the rescue team] […]

Artistic infection: hand cut paper microbes and pathogens

Mon, Jul 7, 2014

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We’re always in contact with microbes, but we’re not always happy about it. However, I have a feeling that these hand-cut microbes are an exception. Artist Rogan Brown just completed work on his latest paper artwork titled Outbreak, a piece he describes as an exploration “of the microbiological sublime.” It took him over four months […]

Breathtaking timelapse shows erosion-shaped landscapes

Mon, Jul 7, 2014

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Erosion is a magnificent phenomenon – it can take a shape and alter it beyond the point of recognition, sending it into a new dimension of awe. Truly a magnificent video “Shaped by Time” is a time-lapse film by Enrique Pacheco that explore the power of nature through the erosion and ongoing transformations of famous […]

Biggest flying bird discovered: twice the size of the royal albatross

Mon, Jul 7, 2014

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Scientists have identified the fossilized remains of what they believe to be the the largest flying bird. The species, now long extinct, had an estimated wingspan of 7-8 meters (20-24 feet) – twice as big as the royal albatross, today’s largest flying bird. Interestingly enough, the bird was initially unearthed in 1983 near Charleston, South […]

Wastewater pumping from oil drilling and fracking caused Oklahoma seismicity to surge

Mon, Jul 7, 2014

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This year, Oklahoma already had over 230 earthquakes with a magnitude of over 3. In 2008, the average number was 1! It seems quite unlikely for such a dramatic change to happen naturally, especially without other geological indicators. Many geologists and seismologists suspected that this was connected with the recent oil explorations in the area, […]

Awesome Animals: The Piglet Squid

Thu, Jul 3, 2014

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The piglet squid measures only a few centimeters across, and it’s one of the cutest animals out there! It can be found in virtually all oceans in the deep water, over 100 meters deep. Due to its tiny size and deep water habitat, the piglet squid is actually not that well studied and understood.   […]

Gambling Monkeys believe in “winning streaks”

Thu, Jul 3, 2014

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Humans tend to “see” patterns in winning and losing streaks in situations which are actually random. A new study has shown that this “hot hand bias”also occurs in non-human monkeys. “Human decision-makers often exhibit the hot-hand phenomenon, a tendency to perceive positive serial autocorrelations in independent sequential events. The term is named after the observation […]

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