Category Archives: Nature

Bad omen? Tower of London raven missing, feared dead | Guardian

Merlina, known as the queen of the Tower of London’s ravens, has not been seen for weeks. Photograph: Tower of London/Twitter Legend says at least six ravens must be kept at the castle or the kingdom will fall One of … Continue reading

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A Question Hidden in the Platypus Genome: Are We the Weird Ones?

Researchers have produced the most comprehensive platypus genome yet, as well as that of another monotreme, an echidna. Is the platypus the paragon of mammals? Researchers have produced the most comprehensive genomes yet of the platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) and echidna … Continue reading

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Treeline

Patagonia Films presents: Treeline. Follow a group of skiers, snowboarders, scientists and healers to the birch forests of Japan, the red cedars of British Columbia and the bristlecones of Nevada, as they explore an ancient story written in rings. Directed … Continue reading

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How Sharks Use Electricity To Sense Prey

Sharks are some of the animal kingdom’s most feared hunters, thanks to a special sixth sense. » Subscribe to Seeker! http://bit.ly/subscribeseeker » Visit our shop at http://shop.seeker.com There are two ways that animals use electroreception. They either use their own … Continue reading

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Hair ice: The strange phenomenon of ‘candy floss’ on trees | BBC News

The unusual phenomenon looks like candy floss on the trees – but touch it and it melts away. If you go down to the woods today for a winter walk, you could be in for a big surprise. People taking … Continue reading

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The family with no fingerprints

By Mir Sabbir BBC Bengalí, Dhaka A family in Bangladesh struggles with an extremely rare genetic condition, “immigration delay disease”. Apu Sarker was showing his open palm to me on a video call from his home in Bangladesh. Nothing seemed … Continue reading

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Dry Out

Life needs water. But this fluid tends to evaporate over time into a gaseous state. Drying out is a chemical process that takes hours, days or even weeks. Without enough water the organisms metabolism is stopping. Using high resolution cameras … Continue reading

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We are starting to crack the mystery of how lightning and thunderstorms work

Lightning strikes are not continuous but proceed in steps – but we don’t yet know why this is. Image credit – Bernardo de Menezes Petrucci/Wikimedia, licenced under CC BY-SA 4.0   Imagine lying on a green hill watching the clouds … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s and the Brain

Vsauce is proud to announce our support for Alzheimer’s Association’s #TheLongestDay now and throughout June during Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness month. Visit http://www.alz.org/Vsauce to join us! More good links: http://www.alz.org/facts/ Alzheimer’s disease facts and figures [PDF]: http://www.alz.org/documents_custom/2… Basics of Alzheimer’s … Continue reading

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Seven Million Years of Human Evolution

Scientists use fossils to reconstruct the evolutionary history of hominins—the group that includes modern humans, our immediate ancestors, and other extinct relatives. Today, our closest living relatives are chimpanzees, but extinct hominins are even closer. Where and when did they … Continue reading

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