Category: Science

Lake Erie Water Snake, Member of the Northern Water Snake Species 0

Watch: Snake Gives Live Birth!

Traditionally, people think of all snakes as reptiles which ‘lay eggs’; in about 70% of cases, this would be true. The GIF below depicts what some Reddit users speculate to be a Northern Water Snake. Like a Water Moccasin or copperhead, the species is ovoviviparous, meaning that it gives birth to live young. The main difference between the water snake and a copperhead is in the venom: While a copperhead is considered a pit viper and is one of the only venomous water snakes in North America, the Northern Water Snake is nonvenomous and will merely inflict a nasty bite. Watch: Northern Water...

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Denmark Sending First Astronaut Into Space

First Dane In Space Today, Denmark is preparing to send their first astronaut into space on Wednesday. Andreas Mogensen will lift off at 0437 GMT (12:37 a.m. EDT) accompanied by Russian Sergei Volkov and Kazakh Aidyn Aimbetov on ESA’s 10-day “sprint” mission. Mogensen will be bringing with him a Danish-engineered exercise bike equipped with heart rate monitors and force testing pedals. This new biotechnology will give us feedback about the direct effects of exercise in the International Space Station’s microgravity environments. His mission will be short and is scheduled to last for approximately 10 days. According to the European Space Agency, this has been...

Songbirds are subject to numerous environmental issues as a result of road noise, according to one study. 0

Noise Pollution from Highways Could Be Destroying Habitats

Noise Pollution Could Be An Environmental Health Risk to Songbirds A study released from Stanford University has found that nearby roadways could be destroying natural wildlife habitats. The study suggests that wild animal population densities are growing smaller and smaller near actual highways. The study attempted to recreate these conditions by implementing a ‘phantom road’ in a nearby ‘roadless’ natural habitat by filling it with acoustic recordings of noise traffic from other highway sources. The study was carried out over the course of Autumn bird migration. The birds that remained in the area to forage were affected physically, with decreased body conditions...

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Girl’s Eyelashes Removed Due To Lice

Fall is in the air, and Halloween is right around the corner.  It’s the perfect time to Imagine waking up with a tingling sensation, a burning sensation on your eyelids.  No amount of scrubbing can ease the discomfort.  Then imagine having your eyelashes removed one by one like a disturbing game of “She loves me, she loves me not”. Sounds freaky, and it’s not to be confused with Trichotillomania (try-k-uh-till-uh-mania) or hair pulling disorder, but it’s a true story, purports FoxNews.com, that happened to a young Chinese girl named Dandan after doctors discovered 20 lice had burrowed and set up shop...

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Study: ‘Aquarium watching’ may be good for your health

Community marine fish and coral reef at a public aquarium Aquarium Watching for Potential Health Benefits According to a collaborative study released by the University of Exeter and Plymouth University‘s Cognitive Institute with cooperation from the National Marine Aquarium, researchers have found that aquarium watching comes with a whole host of health benefits, such as improved heart health through lowering heart rate and blood pressure as well as positive mood regulation in participants observing rich underwater landscapes. While the mechanism of action remains unclear for these benefits, participants showed signs of health improvements as larger numbers of fish were gradually introduced into the controlled aquascape....

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September’s ‘Blood Moon’: What You Need To Know

Save the Date! September 27th at around 7 PM Central Time will mark the appearance of this year’s 4th in the last of a tetrad of four consecutive lunar eclipses spanning 2014-2015. The ‘blood moon’ eclipse should be visible in western Asia, Europe, Australia, North and South America for approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes. Unlike the last eclipse of April 4th (third tetrad) with totality lasting only around 5 minutes, totality with this eclipse will be visible for an estimated whopping 1 hour and 12 minutes in several parts of the world. Supermoon: Myths and Lunacy By now, we’re sure you’ve seen lots...

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17-year-old finds new way to stop bleeding

The future of rapid response medicine is here.  A special gel created from algae has caused quite a stir online.  The kicker?  It was invented by someone who wasn’t even old enough to get into a rated-R movie.  It’s called VetiGel and it’s purported to help deep wounds stop bleeding within seconds of application.  The way it works as described by its inventor Joe Landolina, is similar to the way LEGO blocks link together.  When the gel is applied to a wound, even a rapidly bleeding one, the polymer structure of the gel re-assembles into a mesh, a wall of microscopic Legos of...

Researchers at NASA Langley have created a type of autonomously self-healing material that will repair itself rapidly from bullet holes. 0

NASA Self-Healing Material Can Repair Bullet Holes

Space and military technology just got creepy this week, with an announcement that NASA Langley’s Advanced Materials and Processing Branch has now created a type of self-healing material that can autonomously repair itself. When tri-layered materials are punctured, a type of ‘ thiol–ene–trialkylborane’ resin polymer is released upon atmospheric oxygen exposure. The ballistics tests carried out by Langley reveal that while similar methods of self-healing materials have been implemented in the past, this new material reacts and responds much more rapidly to surface breach trauma. This specific type of resin was selected due to its reaction to compounds reliably present in human-occupied environments....

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Obesity Linked Metabolically to Eating Speed

Ever told as a kid to slow down and chew your food? There may be a good reason. Japanese researchers have found a strong correlation between the speed at which someone consumes food and metabolism, concluding that faster eaters may contribute to the obesity epidemic. In short, faster eating could lower your metabolism and come with more than a few steep health risks. The study took place over the course of three years. Participants included 8,941 residents of Soka City, aged 40 through 75, both with and without diagnoses of metabolic syndrome. Eating speed was measured in form of questionnaire. Is it eating speed...

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Did NASA Just Reveal New Faces on Mars?

At 15:45:01 UTC on August 17th (Mars Sol 1077), NASA’s Curiosity Rover captured super-high-resolution images of the surface of Mars, appearing to contain what might look like numerous faces. These photographs were then stitched together and uploaded to Gigapan, giving users a closer look at the rover’s panorama. This screenshot was released by a user last week, sighting what has been described on social media as a “massive alien grave site.” According to NASA, “Curiosity sends back raw images for current and prior Sols based on commands sent by the mission team. The rover uses orbiters to relay back a lot of its data,...

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Single Molecular Event Linked to Mammalian Brain Development

How did humans develop larger brains than our ancestors?  Researchers at the Donnelly Centre for Cellular & Biomolecular research in Toronto have just discovered that mammalian brain development may be linked to a single molecular event that started an evolutionary chain-reaction, leading all the way up to humans. A genetic mutation in protein PTBP1, responsible for neurogenesis (the development of neurons), is said to be the likely precursor to an event set-off by something called ‘alternate splicing’ which occurs when neural proteins are assembled by our DNA. According to these findings, the greater the amount of ‘alternate splicing’ events which occur, the further the development of brain region size...

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Black Hole at Center of Our Galaxy Could Be Visible By 2017

During a Reddit AmA last week, scientists and researchers working on the Event Horizon Telescope Project (EHT) revealed that Earthlings could finally get a glimpse at the elusive black hole at the center of our own mysterious Milky Way Galaxy as early as 2017. A group of approximately 75 researchers and 9 confirmed radio telescope arrays are being employed around the world for this event. They aim to confirm or deny major theories about Black Holes, including one recently revised by Dr. Stephen Hawking, who now thinks that it may be possible to actually pass particles and wave-forms through the black hole...