Grasshoppers, silkworms, giant cicadas are a good source of antioxidants — if you eat them

“In the future, we might also adapt dietary regimens for insect rearing in order to increase their antioxidant content for animal or human consumption,” say the authors.

NASA prepares to grow peppers on the International Space Station

A group of researchers at NASA is preparing for the final steps to launch the Española chile pepper into space in November.

Alan Turing to feature on new £50 note

A worthy recognition for one of the world’s greatest scientists.

Healthy lifestyles can offset the genetic risk of dementia by 32%

Healthy body, healthy mind.

Over 1 million people join Facebook event to ‘storm area 51’ and ‘see them aliens’

No one:
The internet: Let’s storm Area 51!

Research is getting to the root of climate change with bigger, deeper plant roots

“We are incredibly excited about this first discovery on the road to realizing the goals of the Harnessing Plants Initiative,” the authors say.

Iron-breathing bacteria might have delayed Earth’s oxygenation for almost one billion years

Inhale iron, exhale rust.

Fossil Friday: bird encased in amber has an unique, “extreme” toe

The bird’s hyper-elongated third toe is longer than its whole lower leg, the authors report.

Japan just landed a shuttle on an asteroid

It’s a remarkable achievement.

Zebrafish help scientists unravel the origins of sleep

Tiny sleepy fish sleep remarkably similar to humans.

Oldest human skull out of Africa forces us to rethink migration timeline

Was this an isolated individual, or part of an earlier wave of human migration?

The hunger hormone is involved in episodic memory in rats, new research finds

Rats with artificially-reduced ghrelin signaling showed impaired performance in an episodic memory task.

Plant-based meat is about to get cheaper than animal meat

Veggie burgers — yay or nay?

New nanodevice converts wasted heat into more battery life

A clever device runs at the fringe of physics to solve our wasted energy problems.

Corals are moving away from the sweltering tropics — and establishing new reefs

Everybody seems to be running from the heat this summer.

Climate change denial might soon be abhorred as slavery, says David Attenborough

“I am sorry that there are people who are in power … notably, of course, [in] the United States but also in Australia [who are climate change deniers], which is extraordinary because Australia is already facing having to deal with some of the most extreme manifestations of climate change.”

A brief history of Martian spacecraft and landers

For the last 60 years, humans have been sending all sorts of spacecraft to the Red Planet — here’s a rundown.

French scientists develop new class of promising antibiotics (so far, only in mice)

It’s still early days, but the results are exciting.

France to stop reimbursing homeopathic treatments

The reason is pretty simple: there’s no evidence that it works.

Snowball the cockatoo invents his own groovy dancing, showing that it is not a unique human construct

An adorable cockatoo that stole our hearts is revealing new insights about the origin and role of dancing.