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60-Second Science

Implanting Memories in Birds Reveals How Learning Happens

Dodany: 21 listopada 2019

Researchers activated specific brain cells in zebra finches to teach them songs they'd ordinarily have to hear to learn. -- Read more on

Dogs Like Motion That Matches Sound

Dodany: 20 listopada 2019

Pet dogs appeared more interested in videos of a bouncing ball when the motion of the ball matched a rising and falling tone. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on

Egyptian Vats 5,600 Years Old Were For Beer Brewing

Dodany: 17 listopada 2019

Archaeologists working in the ancient city of Hierakonpolis discovered five ceramic vats containing residues consistent with brewing beer. -- Read more on

Famously Fickle Felines Are, in Fact, Clingy

Dodany: 14 listopada 2019

Cats are clingier to their human owners than their reputation would suggest. Karen Hopkin reports. -- Read more on

Aversion to Broccoli May Have Genetic Roots

Dodany: 13 listopada 2019

Study subjects with a gene variant that heightened their sensitivity to bitterness tended to eat fewer vegetables than people who didn't mind bitter flavors. Christopher Intagliata reports. --...

Marine Mammal Epidemic Linked to Climate Change

Dodany: 10 listopada 2019

A measles-like virus is ricocheting through marine mammal populations in the Arctic—and melting sea ice might be to blame. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on

Ant Colonies Avoid Traffic Jams

Dodany: 8 listopada 2019

Researchers tracked thousands of individual ants to determine how they move in vast numbers without stumbling into gridlock. -- Read more on

Ranking Rise May Intimidate Opponents

Dodany: 6 listopada 2019

In an analysis of chess and tennis matches, players rising in the rankings did better than expected against higher-ranked opponents, and better than similarly ranked players not currently...

Familiar Tunes Rapidly Jog the Brain

Dodany: 6 listopada 2019

Within just a third of a second of hearing a snippet of a familiar refrain, our pupils dilate, and the brain shows signs of recognition. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on...

Science News Briefs from Around the Globe

Dodany: 2 listopada 2019

A few brief reports about international science and technology from Brazil to Hong Kong, including one about male elephants in India exhibiting unusual social behaviors. -- Read more on...

We Owe Our Pumpkins to Pooping Megafauna

Dodany: 31 października 2019

The pumpkin's ancestor was an incredibly bitter, tennis-ball-sized squash—but it was apparently a common snack for mastodons. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on

Bird Egg Colors Influenced By Local Climate

Dodany: 30 października 2019

In cold, northern climates, eggs tend to be darker and browner—heat-trapping colors that allow parents to spend a bit more time away from the nest. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on...

Crabs Do a Maze

Dodany: 29 października 2019

Green crabs learned to navigate a maze without making a single wrong turn—and remembered the skill weeks later. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on

Odd Bird Migrates Twice to Breed

Dodany: 24 października 2019

The phainopepla migrates from southern California to the desert Southwest to breed in the spring before flying to California coastal woodlands to do so again in summer. -- Read more on...

Piranha-Proof Fish Gives Inspiration for Body Armor

Dodany: 24 października 2019

A gigantic fish from the Amazon has incredibly tough scales—and materials scientists are looking to them for bulletproof inspiration. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on...

Galloping Ant Beats Saharan Heat

Dodany: 23 października 2019

The Saharan silver ant feeds on other insects that have died on the hot sands, which it traverses at breakneck (for an ant) speeds. -- Read more on

Some Mosquito Repellents Act Like Invisibility Cloaks

Dodany: 22 października 2019

Synthetic repellents like DEET seem to mask the scent of our "human perfume”—making us less obvious targets for mosquitoes. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on

Your Skull Shapes Your Hearing

Dodany: 18 października 2019

The resonant properties of your skull can amplify some frequencies and dampen others—and, in some cases, affect your hearing. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on

Tardigrade Protein Protects DNA from Chemical Attack

Dodany: 16 października 2019

The Dsup protein protects DNA under conditions that create caustic free radical chemicals. -- Read more on

'Marsquakes' Could Reveal How Mars Was Built

Dodany: 16 października 2019

Rumblings on the Red Planet act like x-rays, allowing scientists to probe the hidden interior of Mars. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on