US plans wide seismic testing of sea floor

2014-07-29 14:03

The US is planning to use sound blasting to conduct research on the ocean floor, using technology similar to that which spawned a court battle between environmentalists and researchers.

Virtual reality used to change stubborn farmers

2014-07-25 12:36

Australian researchers are using the online world of Second Life to teach sugar cane farmers about climate change and new technologies they can use to reduce water use and fertiliser run-off.

Wyoming fossil cave to be excavated

2014-07-24 23:38

A new scientific expedition is to study the remains of thousands of ancient animals in a cave in western US.

Cave with fossil secrets to be excavated

2014-07-24 12:43

For the first time in 30 years, palaeontologists are about to revisit one of North America's most remarkable troves: The bones of thousands of animals piled at the bottom of an ancient cave.

Dogs get jealous

2014-07-23 22:27

Dogs show jealousy when their owners spend time with what appears to be another dog, suggesting that the emotion may have survivalist roots.

Elephants have a sense of smell second to none

2014-07-23 10:28

Elephants possess a sense of smell that is likely the strongest ever identified in a single species, according to a study by Japanese scientists.

Reasons why pork is better than beef

2014-07-22 11:49

Beef is by far the most costly protein when it comes to the environmental damage wreaked by feeding and raising cattle, according to a new study.

How babies prepare to cuddle

2014-07-19 19:00

It may seem like a simple action, but your baby preparing to cuddle could be very important.

Wheat DNA unravelled

2014-07-18 07:28

As far as agricultural genome research goes, this may be the best thing since sliced bread - wheat bread, that is.

In brain, sex addiction same as drug addiction

2014-07-15 15:10

Pornography triggers brain activity in sex addicts similar to the effect drugs have on the brains of drug addicts, researchers say, but that doesn't necessarily mean porn is addictive.

Back pain not tied to weather

2014-07-15 05:00

Back pain is no more likely to strike on cold, rainy days than in fair weather, according to a new study from Australia.

Would you go to an 'adult sleepover' at a museum?

2014-07-10 07:20

Ever dream of sleeping under a blue whale? For grown-ups equipped with a sleeping bag and toothbrush, the American Museum of Natural History is hosting its first adult-only sleepover.

Scientists criticise Europe’s $1bn brain project

2014-07-08 12:45

Dozens of neuro-scientists are protesting Europe's $1.6bn attempt to recreate the functioning of the human brain on supercomputers, fearing it will waste money and harm neuroscience.

Mass spec lab opens in Gauteng

2014-07-07 14:16

Africa's first accelerator mass spectrometry facility has been unveiled by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor.

Kangaroos use tail as fifth leg says study

2014-07-04 08:21

The bounciest animal of all, the kangaroo uses its tail as a fifth leg while walking. That's the surprising finding of Australian researchers, who say the animal's tail helps it maintain balance.

Wasp builds home with ant skeletons

2014-07-03 12:28

Scientists say they have identified a new species of spider wasp in China with grim conduct unlike any other creature. It crams the outermost chamber of its nests with piles of dead ants.

5 things about Cousteau's undersea mission

2014-07-02 22:35

Five things to know about Fabien Cousteau's 31-day underwater experiment in the Florida Keys.

Yeti, Big Foot debunked: DNA reveals all

2014-07-02 08:17

Science has cast its methodical eye on samples of hair reputed to have been left by the Himalayan snowman of legend, and determined they came from a bear or a goat.

A mousy mammal that’s related to elephants

2014-06-27 14:12

A new mammal discovered in the remote desert of western Africa resembles a long-nosed mouse in appearance but is more closely related genetically to elephants, according to scientists.

How babies prepare to cuddle

2014-06-25 20:59

It may seem like a simple action, but your baby preparing to cuddle could be very important.

Japan considering new base on Antarctica

2014-06-23 15:26

Japan is looking at building a new base on Antarctica so scientists can study air trapped in ice a million years ago, in a bid to better understand climate change.

'Game of Thrones' seen in Neanderthal history

2014-06-20 14:24

The vicious fight for survival and power among disparate kingdoms and clans may have led some ancient people to evolve facial traits more quickly than others, a study said on Thursday.

Hard of hearing? Not us, say crabs

2014-06-18 07:28

Crabs have a sort of inner ear that helps them to hear nearby predators, US scientists have found.

Were dinosaurs hot blooded or cold blooded?

2014-06-13 10:35

The hot question of whether dinosaurs were warm-blooded, like birds and mammals or cold blooded like reptiles, fish and amphibians finally has a good answer.

Did your face evolve from punches?

2014-06-10 15:32

Two researchers have proposed that the face of the ancestors of modern humans evolved millions of years ago in a way that would limit injuries from punches during fist fights between males.


Fist bumps less germy than handshakes

2014-07-29 07:13

Rock beats paper: A study says fist bumps spread fewer bacteria than handshakes or high-fives.

US scientists to map Mount St Helens volcano

2014-07-25 05:00

A series of explosions set off by a team of scientists are expected to rattle Mount St Helens as researchers map the interior of the volcano, whose 1980 eruption was the deadliest in US history.

Paracetamol 'just a placebo' for back pain

2014-07-24 14:05

Paracetamol, a painkiller universally recommended to treat people with back pain, does not speed recovery or reduce pain from the condition, according to a new study.

Climate change ravaging Antarctic fur seals

2014-07-24 11:36

A food shortage likely caused by climate change is shrinking a South Antarctic fur seal colony and changing the profile of its surviving members, researchers say.

Exercise slows physical, mental decline after menopause

2014-07-23 17:00

Women who exercise regularly after menopause tend to maintain their physical strength and mental acuity longer than those who don't, according to a new review.

Bats use a compass to find their way at night

2014-07-22 17:42

A European bat type can use the scatter patterns of sunlight to programme its internal compass for hunting after dark.

Monkey study dampens hopes for AIDS cure

2014-07-21 12:22

The monkey version of HIV can take refuge from anti-AIDS drugs within days of entering the body, a study says, dampening hopes for a human cure.

Fruit colours evolved to please picky birds

2014-07-18 14:05

Tropical Asian birds have a penchant for red and black, a proclivity that likely prompted jungle plants to sprout fruit in these colours, scientists say.

Wonder drug that may stop you from getting drunk

2014-07-17 14:35

Mutant worms generated at a lab at the US may provide a pathway to prevent people from becoming intoxicated after drinking alcohol, a study says.

A reason why your friends feel like family

2014-07-15 10:42

A new study has found that people are apt to pick friends who are genetically similar to themselves, so much so that friends tend to be as alike at the genetic level as a person's fourth cousin

Plants sense predators & defend themselves: Study

2014-07-10 09:27

Scientists at the University of Missouri have discovered that the mustard plant can discern the sound waves predators make when feeding and defend themselves by creating a chemical repellant.

US scientists turn to crowdfunding

2014-07-09 21:06

US scientists are turning to soliciting donations from the public for projects via crowdfunding.

Europe still cautious about GM food

2014-07-07 20:17

While the United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina and China and many other countries have warmly embraced genetically modified crops, Europe remains one of the the world's big holdouts.

Chimp talk 'understood'

2014-07-04 12:05

Researchers looking at wild chimpanzees in Uganda say they have succeeded in translating the signals apes use to communicate.

Learn how magic mushrooms alter your mind

2014-07-03 12:59

Scientists studying the effects of the psychedelic chemical in magic mushrooms have found the human brain displays a similar pattern of activity during dreams as it does during a mind-expanding drug trip.

Tibetans breathe better thanks to a special gene

2014-07-03 08:35

Scientists say many Tibetans possess a rare variant of a gene involved in carrying oxygen in the blood that they likely inherited from a group of extinct humans who interbred with our species.

Experts create babies from frozen testicles

2014-07-02 11:16

Scientists have produced live offspring from testicle tissue that has been cryopreserved and say a similar technique might be used to preserve the fertility of boys facing cancer treatment.

Supercooled livers boost transplants

2014-06-30 18:01

A new "supercooling" technique keeps rat livers alive three times longer than before, boosting hopes for easing shortages of human transplant organs, scientists say.

Oldest animal-built reef found in Namibia

2014-06-27 12:38

Researchers say they have found fossils of the oldest-known animal-made reef in Namibia, built by a small, filter-feeding seabed creature called Cloudina.

New discovery in frozen veggies

2014-06-25 10:51

Researchers in Sweden have developed a method of freezing fresh vegetables that preserves their firmness and taste after defrosting.

Bears caught having gay oral sex

2014-06-18 10:23

Well if you thought it was just humans who enjoyed oral sex you were wrong. According to researchers two male bears were observed performing the act of fellatio in captivity in Croatia.

We got herpes from chimps: Study

2014-06-17 11:42

Humans may have been infected with the herpes virus through chimpanzees, according to new research.

Super-sticky frog leaves scientists tongue-tied

2014-06-12 19:57

A South American frog has a tongue so sticky it can generate pulling forces three times the animal's own bodyweight, scientists report.

Great white consumed by mystery creature

2014-06-10 11:33

A 2.7m great white shark was brutally killed and eaten by what scientists are calling a mysterious creature. Now they are on hunt to find the creature.

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