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Learning the Language of Monkey Talk

December 21st, 2014 at 6:24 pm » Comments Off

After applying linguistic tools to the calls of monkeys, researchers now think they can understand what our primate relatives are saying Fiona Macdonald – Researchers have used human linguistic tools to translate the language of Campbell’s monkeys (Cercopithecus campbelli), primates found in western Africa. For years primatologists and linguists have been studying their advanced language […]



Surprising huge diversity in aging revealed in nature

December 8th, 2014 at 1:34 pm » Comments Off

Not all species weaken and become more likely to die as they age. Most people would probably describe aging as when we our in our youth we are strong and healthy and then we weaken and die. But, in nature, the phenomenon of aging shows an unexpected diversity of patterns and is altogether rather strange, […]



Why is lab-grown beef better than ranchers raising cows?

October 3rd, 2014 at 11:42 am » Comments Off

If they can grow muscle, can they make meat? Modern Meadow is a startup based in Brooklyn, New York. They are aiming to commercialize leather and meat products that are not made from slaughtered animals but brewed in cell-culture vats. If it works, and if the market embraces the resulting products, it would lead to […]



A mouse with a human speech gene learns faster

September 21st, 2014 at 8:51 am » Comments Off

The humanized gene actually improved the animal’s behavior rather than messing up the system. According to a new study, mice that receive a human version of a speech and language gene display accelerated learning. Don’t expect these findings to lead to a rush of smarter, “uplifted” animals—though they might just reveal something new and fascinating about […]



Scientists turn bad memories into good ones in mice

September 4th, 2014 at 10:42 am » Comments Off

“Now we can go inside the brain and change the way the mice reacts to a memory.” Memories can be good, bad, or neutral. And now, they can be changed from good to bad, and vice versa, from within the brain—in genetically engineered mice, at least.    



Bird sound used to create beautiful 3D animations

August 23rd, 2014 at 8:42 am » Comments Off

Andy Thomas creates “audio life forms” from bird sounds. The sound of chirping and singing birds can be enough to inspire a feeling of peace and tranquility. Australian multimedia artist Andy Thomas specializes in  creating “audio life forms” and such dulcet tones have inspired something more in him: curiosity about what they might look like as sound-driven […]



New transparent solar cells can be used on windows, smartphone screens to produce solar energy

August 22nd, 2014 at 12:54 pm » Comments Off

Transparent solar cell. Developed by researchers in Michigan State University, a new material, called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator, can be used to cover anything that has a flat, clear surface. Transparent solar cell technology has been attempted before, but the energy the cells produced was poor and the materials they were made out of […]



Design flaw turns solar plant into a death trap for birds

August 19th, 2014 at 9:54 am » Comments Off

Super-concentrated sunbeams from BrightSource Energy Plant are deadly for birds flying overhead. In February, the $2.2 billion BrightSource Energy Plant opened up in the Mojave Desert with good intentions: to harvest clean, sustainable solar power, by using 300 mirrors to reflect sunbeams onto a steam-producing water boiler. But a design flaw has turned the plant into a death trap […]



Top 14 Photos of the Week

August 10th, 2014 at 8:02 am » Comments Off

As always, if your airline seat is not comfortable, just get up and walk around! Quote of the Day:  “The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.” […]



Where cats are more popular than dogs around the world

August 4th, 2014 at 12:56 pm » Comments Off

There are only two types of people in the world: cat people and dog people. Data from Euromonitor, a market research firm, suggest that these differences extend beyond individual preferences and to the realm of geopolitics: it turns out there are cat countries and dog countries, too. (Video)    



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