Climate change was the gas that lit the Syrian Revolution

The link between climate change and violent conflict has been thrown about often, but a recent study is the first to support this hypothesis with qualitative evidence. US researchers found that widespread droughts and increased temperatures amplified an already heightened state of unrest in Syria, which may have triggered the civil war still raging on today.

The world’s first image of light as both a particle and a wave

We see light every day, and yet, we don’t truly understand it; it’s either a particle or a wave, or both at the same time… and we don’t really know why. Now, for the first time, researchers have captured an image of light behaving as a particle and a wave at the same time.

Bribed Climate-Skeptic Scientist Move on the Defensive

A week ago, we were telling you about Wei-Hock Soon, an aerospace engineer turned climate scientist; mister Soon, known as “Willie”, is one of the most well known and quoted climate change deniers – he’s also one of the only climate change deniers. This week…

ISS Astronauts Successfully Complete Five-Hour Spacewalk

There’s something so eerily exciting about spacewalks… the idea of walking into outer space with only a cable connection you to a ship rotating at 7 km/s some 400 km above the Earth is just… out of this world – literally! Now, two astronauts have completed ISS upgrades is what can only be described as a picture perfect spacewalk. This entire spacewalk took one hour less than planned for.

Eating disorder therapy largely ignored for men

It’s not just women who are concerned with their bodies and eating disorders, it’s men too. This might seem obvious, but a study found that despite eating disorders are very common among men, these receive little attention or are treated less seriously than women.

U.S. Parents Pressure Doctors to Alter Vaccine Schedules – and the Doctors Cave

In any given month, the vast majority of physicians treating children in the US (93%) receive at least one request to delay child vaccination; many of them (37%) often or always honor the request, despite putting the kids at a needless risk for disease and favoring potential outbreaks of diseases such as measles.

The smallest lifeform imaged:150,000 cells could fit onto the tip of a human hair

US researchers have imaged for the first time ultra-small bacteria, whose existence has been debatable for the past couple of decades. Now, these tiny bacteria have been confirmed after samples coming from groundwater were analyzed with state of the art techniques. Very little is know about these enigmatic creatures, but it’s believed they play an important role in microbial ecosystems, despite their tiny cells harbor limited resources. The cells have an average volume of 0.009 cubic microns (one micron is one millionth of a meter). About 150 of these bacteria could fit inside an Escherichia coli cell and more than 150,000 cells could fit onto the tip of a human hair.

8,000 Year Old Wheat Found in UK, 2,000 Years Before They Started Growing it

According to a new study, ancient hunter-gatherer Britons imported wheat from mainland Europe, showing a surprising level of sophistication for such an old population.

How Dinosaurs could help us fight Malnutrition

Who doesn’t love dinosaurs? Well sure, there’s these guys, but rational people love dinosaurs, right? Well, Nathan Myhrvold, an inventor and Microsoft’s former CEO sure does, and he believes that dinosaurs might actually help us fight malnutrition. Here’s how:

Too much of a good thing: Emperor penguins were almost killed of by the Ice Age

They like freezing conditions, but the Emperor penguins struggled during the last Ice Age, a new study concluded. In fact, if they hadn’t been able to change their breeding habits and even their genetic make-up, they might have not survived.

Scientists create the perfect music for cats

We all know how therapeutic and soothing (or on the contrary, motivating) music can be; and we all know that different people like different types of music… so it seems safe to say that different animals also like different types of music. Now, a joint team of scientists and musicians believe they found how to compose the purr-fect music for animals, including monkeys and cats.

World’s first grid-connected wave power station switched on in Australia

The world’s first grid-connected wave power station has just been activated off the coast of Australia. Taking energy directly from the waves and sending them to the grid is a remarkable achievement which will hopefully be replicated in Australia, as well as in other parts of the world.

Scientists create see-through eggshell to reduce animal testing

If you’ve ever wondered what happens inside an egg, then science has you covered – researchers have developed transparent artificial eggshells; but they didn’t do this just out of curiosity – they want to create a controlled environment for bird embryo growth and development to aid stem cell studies.

Scientists develop 5G technology – wireless speed of 1 terabit per second

Scientists at the University of Sydney in Australia have achieved 5G speeds of 1Tbps, far exceeding existing the speeds of existing technologies. At 1 Terrabyte per second, you could download 10 movies per second.

The world’s most trafficked animal: the pangolin

This gentle and secluded creature is called a pangolin. Bet you’ve never heard of him. It looks sort of like a walking pinecone, a dragon or a dinosaur. It’s tongue is as long as its body and can curl, then roll in a scaly ball. It’s a pretty amazing animal and it’s a shame so few people know of its existence. But more worrisome is that the pangolin might cease to existence entirely, with or without we knowing about it. Many believe it’s the most trafficked animal in the world.

Bees have false memories too – this might help explain how our own form

Memories aren’t infallible – even for those with photographic memory – so, more often than not, they’ll seem fuzzy. And the older these get, the fuzzier they’re recalled. Mixing names, faces and events in your head can sometimes be embarrassing, but at least we’re not alone. Seems like bees have false memories too, according to a study made by British researchers at Queen Mary University of London. Previously, false memories had been induced in other animals, like mice, but this is the first time natural false memories have been shown to happen. Research like this might help us, in time, understand how false memories are formed and, in a more general sense, how we recall events.

Ocean oscillation patterns explain global warming ‘hiatus’

One of the prime arguments climate change skeptics throw about is how surface temperatures have remained more or less constant for the past 15 years, hence there is no man-made global warming – it’s all a sham, a conspiracy to keep scientists busy with gratuitous grants and fill Al Gore’s pockets. I’ve written previously about models and observations that explain

Bill Gates commissions Pro-vaccine artworks to remind us why immunization is important

Like most things in our modern day life style, we tend to take vaccines for granted. Some, in ever growing numbers, are on the contrary pushing and inciting against vaccination for all the wrong reasons. It’s easy to forget, however, that since their introduction hundreds of millions of lives have been spared. Vaccines given to infants and young children over

Google’s AI beats pro gamers at classic ATARI video games – yes, this is actually important

A complex artificial intelligence program developed by DeepMind, a London-based company which was acquired by Google last year for $400 million, mastered classic ATARI video games, like Breakout, Video Pinball, and Space Invaders. It was so effective that it outperformed professional game testers in 29 of the 49 games it tried out. As is the case with such demonstrations, there’s more to it than just humiliating humans. The same algorithms could be used to develop and improve autonomous robots or self-driving cars.

Hippo ancestor was the size of an overgrown sheep

Paleontologists have excavated and analyzed the remains of an ancient hypo ancestor in Kenya. The 28 million-year-old fossils paint a broader picture revealing the missing link between modern day hippos and the earliest ancestor who lived some 53 million years ago. As an interesting tidbit, the closest living relatives of the hippo are whales and dolphins, as revealed by previous