Animals, Mind & Brain

Dogs’ Brains Respond to People’s Voices the Same Way We Do, MRI study shows

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If you’ve ever had a nice fuzzy feeling whenever you heard the voice of a loved one, then, you’re not alone. If somebody’s ever told you that ‘we need to talk’ and out of their tone  you understood that something’s bad, then again, you’re not alone. A new study has shown that dogs have an uncanny ability of picking up…

Environment, Environmental Issues, News, Renewable Energy

Progress in artificial leaf development made

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What nature seems to perform effortlessly with photosynthesis has proven to be an immense hurdle for scientists trying to mimic it with so called artificial leafs. In recent years, important breakthroughs have been made with this scope in mind, yet the artificial leaf is so inefficient at the moment that it’s absolutely not worth pursuing on a large scale. Researchers…

Animals, Green Living

American livestock is riddled with drugs – what’s in your meat

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A report released to the public by the  USDA Inspector General  states that numerous beef samples were found to contain penicillin, the antibiotics florfenicol, sulfamethazine and sulfadimethoxine, the antiparasite drug ivermectin, the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug flunixin and heavy metals. Some of the meat entered the human food supply, and as we all know what your food ate you eat. No attempt at a…

Animals, Green Living, News, Research

In Canada bees are making hives out of plastic

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Bees are one of the most intelligent insects, and their resourcefulness is well recognized. Despite bee populations as a whole are facing die-offs all around the world, most likely due to pesticides, a number of bee species show amazing adaptability. For instance, in Canadian urban environments biologists and animal behaviorists have surprised many hives which were built using an unlikely…

Environment, Environmental Issues, Geology, News

The most devastating mass extinction in Earth’s history happened much faster

Artist impression of how the landscape must have looked like during the end-Permian extinction. Photo: JOSÉ-LUIS OLIVARES/MIT

Some 252 million years ago,  96 percent of marine species and 70 percent of life on land became extinct following a yet unconfirmed series of cataclysmic events. Around this time, billions and billions of organisms were killed and life on Earth faced its most dire moments. This is known as the end-Permian extinction, and many theories have been devised trying to…

Environment, Environmental Issues, Pollution

Leaking natural gas may be a significant contributor to global warming

Locations of methane measurements in the greater Los Angeles basin overlaid on a Google Earth satellite image. Yellow and red colors represent an excess of methane. Image: Caltech

Since the turn of the industrial revolution, round the 1750’s, the share of methane gas in the atmosphere has nearly doubled. Methane molecules are roughly 26 times more potent than carbon dioxide in trapping heat, and thus they’re one of the most dangerous types of emissions. Burning methane, however, is a whole lot better (actually less worse) than burning coal,…

Geology, Renewable Energy

Volcano-powered electricity, the future of alternative energy

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We could exploit energy from deep down in the earth, as a report from a geothermal borehole suggests. The project developed under the name of Icelandic Deep Drilling Project (also known as IDDP), and the shafts have been drilled to almost five kilometers deep, with the purpose of harnessing the heat in the volcanic bedrock very deeply under the surface…

Environmental Issues, Pollution

The top 7 countries responsible for global warming

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A new study published in Environmental Research Letters  ranks the the top seven contributing countries to global warming. Together, these nations account for more than 60 percent of pre-2005 global warming. Before we go on to pointing fingers, it’s important to note that the study incorporates various metrics. This way you can see how each country dumps emissions based on surface size…

Environment, Tech

Save money by being eco friendly – sell your old laptop

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In all likelihood, you are reading this text on a laptop screen. Even if it’s not exactly a laptop, it certainly will be a toned down version of a computer with a screen and thousands of small PCBs. The issue being pointed to here is the vast reach of electronic gadgets. Mobile phones, tablets and laptops are increasingly becoming very…

Environmental Issues, Green Living

Of scarceness and wastefulness: the history of recycling

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For some, it might seem like recycling popped out of the blue in the 1970’s, once with introduction of the  Earth Day concept or the creation of the  Environmental Protection Agency. That’s only when awareness finally grew and it became a popular subject, though. Recycling under one form of the other can be traced back to ancient times, and fairly enough it was…