Bioluminescence as a defense mechanism: Study reveals dinoflagellate plankton glow to prevent predators from eating them

That beautiful glow you see on beaches at night may actually be the biological equivalent of warning sirens, according to a new study. Continue reading

Mighty Broccoli Sprouts Rapidly Detox Pollutants

Air pollution is associated with a long list of health problems including cardio-respiratory deaths, pulmonary disease, and chronic respiratory conditions. And the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified air pollution as carcinogenic to humans. Continue reading

Why Cannabis is the Future of Medicine

The future of medicine rests on the fundamental right we all have to use things that spring from the Earth naturally as healing agents. Why should cannabis, used for at least 10000 years by humankind to alleviate suffering, be excluded from this inexorable mandate? Continue reading

Bedbugs MIGHT have been around since the time of the dinosaurs, but you can still get rid of them with these natural remedies

Here’s an interesting nugget on bedbugs, the little bloodsuckers that both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) consider a public health pest. A recent study from the University of Sheffield in England indicated that bedbugs had been parasites to different species other than humans for over 100 million years. Continue reading

News Strange Things Are Happening In The Waters Along The West Coast, And The Fish Are Starting To Disappear

Something is causing the waters just off the west coast to heat up dramatically, fish are dying off in staggering numbers, birds that feed on those fish are also dying off rapidly, and scientists have discovered 15,000 holes in the ocean floor off the coast of California.  Oh, and scientists don’t know for certain why any of these things are happening. Continue reading

How humans learnt to dance: Scientists claim the chimpanzee ‘conga’ sheds light on how early humans learnt to respond to rhythm and move together in sync

  • Psychologists have studied chimpanzees to examine the evolution of dance
  • Researchers found that two chimps perform a duo-dance similar to a conga
  • The two chimpanzees were able to synchronise the movement of their bodies
  • Experts from the University of Warwick say this opens clues about early dance 

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Neonicotinoids Pose Ecosystemwide Threat

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  • A majority of soybean, corn, canola and sunflower seeds planted in the U.S. are precoated with neonicotinoid insecticides, also known as “neonics.” More than half of garden plants attractive to bees sold at garden centers are also pretreated with these toxic pesticides
  • Neonics have been shown to threaten the entire food chain, having toxic effects not just on pollinators such as bees, but also invertebrates, birds and other wildlife
  • American agricultural land is now 48 times more toxic to insects than it was two decades ago, and between 1992 and 2014, neonicotinoids accounted for 92% of the total acute insecticide toxicity load
  • Neonics affect migration behavior of songbirds by affecting their feeding patterns and fat stores. The chemicals act as a rapid appetite suppressant
  • Research by the EPA in 2014 and 2019 concluded that neonicotinoid-treated seeds provide no significant financial or agricultural benefits for farmers

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The symptoms of acute and chronic Lyme disease and how to treat it

A person can just be enjoying a day outdoors before he finds himself face-to-face with the last creature he wants to see crawling around on their body — a tick. Continue reading

Frothy and Toxic Bubbles Cover One of India’s Most Famous Beaches

A beach in India is coated in knee-deep foam that experts warn is toxic. Continue reading

Evidence of “funerals” in gorilla society? Video shows baby grooming dead mother’s body

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Donkey population decimated by Chinese medicine demand

Donkey populations are under serious threat due to the demand for their hides, which are used in traditional Chinese medicine, according to a new report. Continue reading

Greener, longer life: More trees reduce premature deaths in cities

City dwellers tend to live longer if they are in leafy neighbourhoods, according to a study that links green areas to lower rates of premature death Continue reading

Beautifully Preserved Skull of ‘Biblical Snake’ with Hind Legs Discovered

On very rare occasions, an exceptional fossil is unearthed that provides an extraordinary glimpse into the evolution of a group of organisms. Continue reading

Here’s a better way to convert dog years to human years, scientists say

Our Scotch collie, Buckaroo, is just shy of 14 years old. Following the long-debunked but still popular idea that one dog year equals seven human years, he’s almost a centenarian. (This “formula” may be based on average life spans of 10 and 70 years for dogs and people, respectively.) Now, researchers say they have a new formula (see calculator below) to convert dog years to human years—one with some actual science behind it. Continue reading