ARTICLES RELATING TO RESEARCH

Octopus inspires new camouflage material

2014-08-19 22:49

The octopus's ability to camouflage itself has inspired a new kind of thin, flexible fabric that can automatically match patterns, US researchers said Tuesday.

Researchers sniff out secret to elephants’ smelling

2014-08-18 13:11

Elephants have the best sense of smell on Earth, according to a new study.The scientists have found that elephant trunks contain more olfactory receptors genes than other single species.

Antarctic minke whales have a feeding 'frenzy'

2014-08-15 10:24

Antarctic minke whales engage in an underwater feeding frenzy, filling their huge mouths up to 100 times an hour as they gorge on prawn-like krill during the summer.

Stash of bones reveals new flying dinosaur

2014-08-14 15:09

A stash of buried bones in Brazil has allowed scientists to identify a new species of flying dinosaur that soared in the skies 66 to 100 million years ago, a study says.

Dolphins squeal with delight like children: study

2014-08-14 07:48

Dolphins often squeal when they get a treat, sounding much like children. US researchers say they believe these calls are expressions of pure delight.

First woman wins maths 'Nobel' prize

2014-08-13 07:41

Iranian-born mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani has became the first woman to be awarded the Fields Medal, mathematics' equivalent to the Nobel Prize.

2m penguin fossil found in Antarctica

2014-08-11 11:01

Argentine palaeontologists have uncovered the largest penguin fossils ever found. Discovered on the Antarctic Peninsula, the bird, dubbed 'Colossus', would have stood two metres tall.

Traders brace for research crackdown

2014-08-10 17:15

Regulatory pressure to undo the traditional way brokers sell research alongside share dealing is alarming traders in Europe.

Dutch test-tube cookbook boasts roast dino

2014-08-05 21:03

Dutch-based scientists, chefs and artists have launched the world's first cookbook for lab-grown meat - serving up a bizarre assortment of test-tube dishes including roast raptor leg, dodo nuggets and in-vitro oysters.

Flesh-eating dinosaurs evolved into small birds

2014-08-01 08:56
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Large flesh-eating dinosaurs evolved into small flying birds, but it did not happen overnight, according to an international team of scientists.

Riddle of bulging Moon solved at last

2014-07-31 05:00

Far from being perfectly round, the Moon has a weird shape, with a highland bulge on the side facing the Earth and another bulge on its far side.

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.

 

Magpies myth busted

2014-08-19 21:07

Magpies, black-and-white birds which for generations have been known as jewellery thieves, are in fact wary of shiny objects, a myth-busting study has claimed.

Another Ebola problem: Finding its natural source

2014-08-18 01:33

A scary problem lurks beyond the frenzied efforts to keep people from spreading Ebola: No one knows exactly where the virus comes from or how to stop it from seeding new outbreaks.

Ebola puts focus on drugs made in tobacco plants

2014-08-15 09:27

It's an eye-catching angle in the story of an experimental treatment for Ebola: The drug comes from tobacco plants that were turned into living pharmaceutical factories.

Mummies began long before Age of Pharaohs

2014-08-14 11:24

The earliest evidence of mummification in Egypt suggests that the practice of wrapping bodies to preserve them after death began around 1 000 years earlier than thought.

Injecting bacteria shrinks tumors in dogs

2014-08-13 21:26

Common soil bacteria injected into solid cancers in pet dogs and one human patient shrank many of the tumours, scientists report.

US cave unearths a treasure trove of animals

2014-08-11 13:45

Scientists excavating a sinkhole containing a trove of fossils of Ice Age mammals have unearthed hundreds of bones, including prehistoric animals such as the American cheetah.

Pollution from Keystone more than expected

2014-08-11 09:50

The much-debated Keystone XL pipeline could produce four times more global warming pollution than the state department calculated earlier this year, a new study says.

Light gene boosts tomato yields by a fifth

2014-08-06 05:00

Scientists have found a gene in wild tomatoes that enables farmed tomato plants to be grown 24 hours a day under natural and artificial light.

See-through mice reveal details of inner anatomy

2014-08-01 12:43

Researchers have found a way to make see-through mice, but you won't find these critters scampering in your kitchen.

Octopus mom protects her eggs for 4 years

2014-07-31 07:52

If someone were to create an award for 'mother of the year' in the animal kingdom, a remarkably dedicated eight-limbed mom from the dark depths of the Pacific Ocean might be a strong contender.

Bid to save tiger threatened by poor data: WWF

2014-07-30 10:36

Efforts to save the tiger are being undermined by a lack of information about how many of the endangered cats live in the wild, the conservation group WWF says.

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.

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