Sharks usually eat meals smaller than one of yours

The voracious reputation of sharks might soon change as marine biologists uncover that most coral reef sharks eat pray smaller than a cheeseburger.

Chronic exposure to air pollution makes rats obese

A laboratory study on rats found that the animals that breathed Beijing’s notoriously polluted air gained weight and showed sighs of cardio-respiratory and metabolic dysfunctions after three to eight weeks of exposure.

Vaccine against HPV proves its worth, so why don’t Americans use it?

A new study confirms the the effectiveness of a HPV vaccine introduced almost a decade ago in the US; the virus’ prevalence in teenage girls is down by almost two thirds. Even for women in their early 20s, the group with the lowest vaccination rates, infections have been reduced by more than a third.

Nano-probes sniff out cancer using their nucleic acids

In the new technique, nanotechnology is used to determine whether a specific target nucleic acid sequence exists within a mixture, and to quantify it if it does through a simple electronic signature.

Soon, oncologists will use shapeshifting to fight cancer

University of Toronto researchers have developed a molecular delivery system to administer chemotherapy drugs with as little collateral damage as possible.

NASA’s Thermonuclear Art is the prettiest thing you’ll see today

The Sun is easily the most recognizable and important star that humanity has ever known. And yet, those who want to study it come face to face with a tiny weensy problem — it tends to burn your retinas if you look at it.

Half the world will need glasses by 2050

Nearly half the world’s population, close to some 5 billion people, will develop myopia by 2050 according to a study recently published in the journal Ophthalmology. The paper also estimates that one-fifth of these people will have a significantly increased risk of becoming permanently blind from the condition if recent trends continue.

Tests for the largest neutrino experiment yet begin with the DUNE Buggy

The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment Collaboration has started the first batch of tests using a small-scale 35 tons prototype of the final device, dubbed the DUNE Buggy. The team is busy gathering readings from the prototype to tweak and optimize the design of the final device.

Fiji becomes the first country in the world to ratify the Paris climate deal

This Friday, the tiny island nation of Fiji put up a big flag on the map by becoming the first country in the world to ratify the UN climate deal put together last December at the Paris COP21.

Cultural-heritage-protection task force created by Italy and the UN

´╗┐´╗┐Following ISIS’s attack and destruction of the oldest Christian monastery in Iraq, Italy and the United Nations have joined forces to protect cultural heritage sites in conflict zones.

Menopause appeared by accident, evolved due to stay-at-home males

When you think about it from a biological point of view….Menopause doesn’t make that much sense, does it?

Mantis shrimps teach humans how to make a new type of optical material

Mantis shrimp are probably best known for the dazzling colors that adorn their shells. The second thing they’re best known for is their tendency to violently murder anything they come into contact with.

What are hormones — everything you need to know

The term hormone comes from the ancient-Greek word for “impetus,” showing the power they have to activate or inhibit the cells and organs in our body.

France announces plans to pave 1,000 kilometers of road with solar panels

The French government announced its plan to build a 1,000 kilometer (621 mile) long stretch of solar panel-paved roads over the next five years. The locations for deployments have yet to be revealed. The fossil fuel tax is expected to bring in between 200 to 300 million euros ($220 to 440 million) of funding for the project coined “Positive Energy” .

Nicotine patches help you quit smoking, even without counseling

The Ontario Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) mailed free nicotine patches to smokers to see if they really help you quit without any behavioral support. And for one in four of participants who kept to the treatment, it did.

Fossil Friday: Opalized belemnite

Belemnites are an extinct order of cephalopods (“cephalo” meaning head and “pod” meaning leg) that lived during the Mesozoic era, some 200 to 65 million years ago. They were elongated organisms, resembling today’s squids, only tinier and cuter.

Quantum time-space asymmetry explains the origins of dynamics

Griffith University Associate Professor Joan Vaccaro believes she may have uncovered how our reality differentiates the future from the past. Her paper could topple our understanding of time flow (ironically) forever.

Illegal waste dumping turns Roman catacomb into a lake of acrid oil

Authorities sealed off the area and are now investigating possible environmental pollution from the underground lake of acrid oil.

How dopamine is shuttled between neurons

University of Florida researchers have discovered how our bodies control dopamine transport in and out of brain cells.

Dengue vaccine approved for use in Mexico, Brazil and Philippines

Scientific American recently reported that the three countries most affected by dengue fever have approved the use of the first vaccine against this affliction. Officials from Mexico, Philippines and Brazil hope that this will curb the nearly 400 million new infections each year, 22,000 of which result in death.