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60-Second Science

City Birds: Big-Brained with Few Offspring or Small-Brained with a Lot

Dodany: 1 kwietnia 2020

To make it in urban areas, birds tend to be either large-brained and able to produce few offspring or small-brained and extremely fertile. In natural habitats, most birds brains are of average...

Coyotes Eat Everything from Fruits to Cats

Dodany: 31 marca 2020

The diets of coyotes vary widely, depending on whether they live in rural, suburban or urban environments—but pretty much anything is fair game. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Tiny Wormlike Creature May Be Our Oldest Known Ancestor

Dodany: 30 marca 2020

The bilateral organism crawled on the seafloor, taking in organic matter at one end and dumping the remains out the other some 555 million years ago. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Science News Briefs from around the Planet

Dodany: 29 marca 2020

Here are a few brief reports about science and technology from around the planet, including one about the discovery of an intact chicken egg dating to Roman Britain. -- Read more on...

Help Researchers Track COVID-19

Dodany: 27 marca 2020

By entering your health status, even if you're feeling fine, at COVIDNearYou.org, you can help researchers develop a nationwide look at where hotspots of coronavirus are occurring. -- Read more...

Sick Vampire Bats Restrict Grooming to Close Family

Dodany: 26 marca 2020

When vampire bats feel sick, they still engage in prosocial acts such as sharing food with nonrelatives. But they cut back on grooming anyone other than their closest kin. -- Read more on...

Exponential Infection Increases Are Deadly Serious

Dodany: 25 marca 2020

Listen in as I use two calculators to track the difference in numbers of infections over a short period of time, depending on how many people each infected individual infects on average. -- Read...

Swamp Wallaby Reproduction Give Tribbles a Run

Dodany: 22 marca 2020

They're not born pregnant like tribbles, but swamp wallabies routinely get pregnant while pregnant. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Ocean Plastic Smells Great to Sea Turtles

Dodany: 20 marca 2020

Ocean plastic gets covered with algae and other marine organisms, making it smell delicious to sea turtles--with potentially deadly results. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Ancient Clam Shell Reveals Shorter Day Length

Dodany: 17 marca 2020

The growth layers in a 70-million-year-old clam shell indicate that a year back then had more than 370 days, with each day being only about 23.5 hours. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Snapping Shrimp Make More Noise in Warmer Oceans

Dodany: 12 marca 2020

As oceans heat up, the ubiquitous noise of snapping shrimp should increase, posing issues for other species and human seagoing ventures. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Stress from Undersea Noise Interferes with Crab Camouflage

Dodany: 11 marca 2020

In an example of how sea noise can harm species, exposed shore crabs changed camouflaging color sluggishly and were slower to flee from simulated predators. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Indigenous Amazonians Managed Valuable Plant Life

Dodany: 4 marca 2020

Studies on very old vegetation in the Amazon basin show active management hundreds of years ago on species such as Brazil nut and cocoa trees. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Computers Confirm Beethoven's Influence

Dodany: 3 marca 2020

By breaking 900 classical piano compositions into musical chunks, researchers could track Ludwig van Beethoven’s influence on the composers who followed him. Christopher Intagliata... -- Read more...

Science News Briefs From Around the World

Dodany: 3 marca 2020

Here are a few brief reports about science and technology from around the world, including one from off the California coast about the first heart rate measurement done on a blue whale. -- Read...

Jet Altitude Changes Cut Climate-Changing Contrails

Dodany: 26 lutego 2020

Increasing or decreasing the altitude of aircraft by a few thousand feet to avoid thin layers of humidity could make a major reduction to contrails’ contribution to climate change. -- Read more on...

Thoroughbred Horses Are Increasingly Inbred

Dodany: 25 lutego 2020

Inbreeding in Thoroughbreds has increased significantly in the last 45 years, with the greatest rise in the last 15 or so years. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Pablo Escobar's Hippos Could Endanger Colombian Ecology

Dodany: 20 lutego 2020

Hippos that escaped from drug kingpin Pablo Escobar's private zoo are reproducing in the wild, and with increasing numbers could threaten ecosystems. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Wasp Nests Help Date Aboriginal Art

Dodany: 20 lutego 2020

Art created by Australian Aboriginal people used organic carbon-free pigments, but wasp nests above or below the art can be used for radiocarbon dating that supplies boundaries for the age of... ...

Industrial Revolution Pollution Found in Himalayan Glacier

Dodany: 18 lutego 2020

Ice cores from a Tibetan glacier reveal the first deposits of industrial revolution pollution, starting in layers dated to about 1780. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com