Animals, News

400 Million Fewer Animals Were Killed for Food in 2014 Because People Eat Less Meat

Photo Credits: vegankit.com

Whether it’s Meatless Monday, Weekday Vegetarianism or simply cutting down meat consumption – people from developed countries are eating less meat, and it’s already making a difference. Even though some argue that cutting-back-consumption campaigns don’t push enough of a paradigm-shift, we’re already seeing the changes: 400 million animals were spared in the US alone in 2014 because people ate less meat. Some 93

Health & Medicine, Technology

Radiologists miss out on 7% of cancers – this computer algorithm doesn’t

Image via Enlitic.

Among the many tools it has in its arsenal, cancer is also very good at hiding – so good that according to a study, we miss 7% of cancers even when we have an X-Ray. But a company is looking to change all that an employ the help of accurate computer algorithms.

Biology, News

Like mustard and wasabi? You should thank this catterpillar

The Cabbage Butterfly Caterpillar played a key role in developing plants like mustard or cabbage. Image via Gardening Know How.

In a paper published this month in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a group of scientists explain the process through which plants like mustard came to be – as it turns out, an evolutionary arms race with a caterpillar played a key role.

Feature Post

The science of soap bubbles [with great pics]

The air trapped in a soap bubble is under compression. As the air escapes, the bubble would tend to shrink uniformly, but gravity drains the water from the top of the bubble. When the film becomes too thin to support the heavier lower portion, the bubble bursts. However, we all know that's not the most fun way to burst a bubble. Image via Imgur.

A soap bubble is a very thin sheet of water sandwiched between two layers of soap molecules. They are an evanescent childish wonder, but also hold some valuable mathematical and physical insights: let’s have a look at the science of soap bubbles. We see them as fun and childish, blowing them around in the summer, but there’s more to them than

Feature Post

Meet Unsinkable Sam: The Cat that Survived Three Ships Sinking in WWII

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The black and white cat was named Oscar and then became known as Unsinkable Sam started his “career” in the fleet of the Nazi regime, the Kriegsmarine, and ended it in the Royal Navy. He was onboard Bismarck, the HMS Cossack and the HMS Ark Royal, but here comes the cool part: the other thing that all those ships have in

Biology, Geology, News

500 million year old worm had impressive spiky armor

Collinsium ciliosum. Image credit: Jie Yang.

Paleontologists working in China have discovered fossils of an impressively armored worm that lived during the Cambrian, 500 million years ago. Called  Hairy Collins’ Monster, this is one of the first creatures to develop a spiky armor. Today, the 180 species of velvet worms are pretty similar – they have tiny eyes, antennae, multiple pairs of legs, and slime glands. They

Videos

Iceland, as seen from the skies

Image via Air Pano (not from the video).

The guys at Hybrid Dynamic Media went on an epic adventure through the stunningly beautiful country and came back with this video. The detail and sharpness is amazing, and they did a fantastic job at surprising Iceland’s raw, geological beauty. Here’s the clip. Iceland from the sky from Hybrid Dynamic Media on Vimeo.

Materials, Nanotechnology, News

Scientists predict the existence of a liquid analogue of graphene

Atomically thin two-dimensional liquid. Image credit: Pekka Koskinen.

By now, we’ve all hopefully at least heard of graphene, the new wonder material that promises to revolutionize a swarm of applications. But now, a team of researchers from Finland have predicted the existence of atomically thin, free-standing 2D liquid phase – a liquid analogue of graphene.

Animals, Offbeat

Meet Puka and Rocket Larry: The Unlikely Dog-Tortoise Friendly Duo

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You wouldn’t expect a dog and a turtle to be best friends, but as we’ve learned on the Internet, the animal kingdom can create some surprising friendship relationships. It all started when Christine Hilberg, a 29-year-old photography retoucher and animal Instagrammer rescued Puka, a 4-year-old mixed breed with a cleft lip from a homeless man in Los Angeles. She wanted to help

Astronomy, News

Tomorrow, the world is getting one extra second – what are you gonna do with yours?

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Tomorrow, something extraordinary will happen, even though you might not notice it: right before 8 p.m. Eastern time, we will be adding an extra second – a leap second. Aside for being an interesting quirk, this is another reminder that our time isn’t exactly synced with solar time, and every once in a while, we need to make some adjustments. Why