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Dogs show signs of self-consciousness in new 'sniff test'2017-12-29
Self-awareness might seem like the most basic part of life to us humans, but it's a surprisingly rare concept when it comes to other animals. While great apes, dolphins, orcas, rhesus macaques, Eurasian magpies, and a single Asiatic elephant have...
These adorable marsupials have nearly wiped themselves out because they won't stop eating toads2017-12-29
Australia's northern quoll is a ridiculously cute marsupial that grows to roughly size of a cat. But despite being one of the country's most iconic predators, it's now on the brink of extinction in certain regions, all because it just won't stop...
Dogs give food to their 'friends' in first-of-its-kind study2017-12-29
Voluntary acts of kindness and positive outward gestures without thought of reward are two of the more redeeming aspects of human society, but to what extent do these prosocial behaviours exist in other animals? A new study by researchers in...
Two 'extinct' sea snakes just appeared off the coast of Australia2017-12-29
Two striking sea snakes have been spotted drifting off the coast of Western Australia, more than 15 years after the species was declared extinct. These bright yellow short nosed sea snakes ( Aipysurus apraefrontalis ) vanished from their natural...
Watch: Remarkable footage of emperor penguins 'mourning' dead chick2017-12-28
I was not expecting today to be the day that a couple of giant emperor penguins would make me cry, but here we are. This incredibly intimate footage was captured as part of the 2013 BBC documentary, Penguins: Spy in the Huddle , shot over the...
Six amazing dinosaur discoveries that changed the world2017-12-28
This article was written by David Norman from the University of Cambridge and was originally published by The Conversation. Recently, an auction of a dinosaur skeleton , discovered in Jurassic-aged rocks in the US, was held in West Sussex, England....
The domestication of dogs has caused harmful genetic changes, study finds2017-12-28
The domestication of dogs over the course of several thousand years has inadvertently led to them carrying harmful genetic baggage, a new study has found. According to researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), a combination...
Here are the top five candidates for 'dark matter'2017-12-28
This article was originally written by Johar Ashfaque from the University of Liverpool , and was originally published by The Conversation . When we look out at the Universe – even with the most powerful of telescopes – we can only see a fraction of...
Here's why evolution might be more 'intelligent' than we think it is2017-12-28
The extent to which evolution incorporates randomness has been debated by scientists throughout history , but a new paper claims the phenomenon may be more 'intelligent' than classical theory acknowledges – and not due to a theological perspective....
Here's how to build a real lightsaber, according to science2017-12-27
This article was written by Gianluca Sarri from Queen's University Belfast, and was originally published by The Conversation. As even casual Star Wars fans will know, lightsabers are probably the coolest weapon ever to make an appearance on the big...
Five surprising findings about death and dying2017-12-27
This article was written by Jonathan Jong from Coventry University , and was originally published by The Conversation . In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes, as Benjamin Franklin famously wrote . Few of us find...
Water bears turn into glass when they dry out2017-12-27
Tardigrades - known affectionately as water bears or moss piglets - have pretty much got it all . These microscopic invertebrates are capable of surviving the most extreme conditions you could dream up, including prolonged desiccation and near-100...
Supercharged LHC finds hints of entirely new particle2017-12-27
Two separate teams of physicists working with the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland have identified signs of a new fundamental particle of nature. While hypotheses abound as to what exactly this particle could be - if it exists at all - the most...
Here's your chance to do some science experiments over the holidays2017-12-27
Whether you're snowed in or it's too hot to go outside, the holidays are a great time to attempt some science at home. So we've found a few activities which are also, for the most part, rather practical. Read on to find out how to make your live...
Scientists have built a functional 'hybrid' logic gate for use in quantum computers2017-12-26
As conventional computers draw ever closer to their theoretical limit, the race is on to build a machine that can truly harness the unprecedented processing power of quantum computing. And now two research teams have independently demonstrated how...
US adds African lions to endangered species list after Cecil controversy2017-12-26
The US government has sent a powerful message to lion sports hunters, announcing that it will amend its Endangered Species Act to include protections for African lions and tighten laws to restrict the importation of wildlife trophies. The move,...
Japanese mathematician claims to have solved a notorious maths problem, but nobody understands it2017-12-26
This article was written by Kevin Knudson from the University of Florida , and was originally published by The Conversation . What happens when someone claims to have proved a famous conjecture? Well, it depends. When a paper is submitted, the...
Why does hot water freeze faster than cold water?2017-12-26
Lots of you in the Northern Hemisphere will be in the middle of yet another winter, and some might even be experiencing the sub-zero temperatures to do some cool experiments, such as creating giant frozen marbles for the front yard , snapping soap...
The beauty of Eintein's general theory of relativity2017-12-26
This article was written by Margaret Wertheim from the University of Melbourne. It was originally published by The Conversation . One hundred years ago, an obscure German physicist named Albert Einstein presented to the Prussian Academy of Science...
Which apocalypse scenario is the most likely, according to science?2017-12-25
Let’s face it, one day the world as we know it is going to end. Sure, it might only happen in roughly 6 billion years when our Sun reaches its peak size in the red giant stage, vapourises our planet’s atmosphere, and strips away the crust and the...
Four elements have just earned a permanent spot in the periodic table2017-12-25
Officials from the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) have confirmed the discovery of elements 113,115,117, and 118, announcing that there is now enough evidence to give them permanent places on the periodic table, which...
Scientists have figured out the crazy physics behind a bursting balloon2017-12-25
If you look hard enough, you can find some amazing science behind almost everything in our world - and a bursting balloon is certainly on that list. Inspired by a dramatic photograph, French physicist Sébastien Moulinet investigated exactly what...
How Einstein's general theory of relativity killed off common-sense physics2017-12-25
This article was written by David Lyth from Lancaster University and was originally published by The Conversation. Gravity ties our bodies to planet Earth but it does not define the limits of the soaring human mind. In November 1915 - exactly one...
Here's why some of us develop an allergy to sunlight2017-12-25
Without the Sun, there would be no life on our planet - and yet for some, this giant ball of hot plasma makes life rather difficult. There are people who develop a rash or even break out into painful, itchy hives if they get exposed to sunlight....
Why groups of people can remember something that didn't happen2017-12-24
Strange things happen to our memories when other people are involved: if someone else remembers an event in a particular way, for example, that can influence the way that we recall it. A shared store of knowledge - or a 'transactive memory system'...
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