Category: Nature

‘Redwoods of the sea’ reveal fundamental growth patterns for photosynthesis

‘Redwoods of the sea’ reveal fundamental growth patterns for photosynthesis

Whatever you do, don’t call kelp a “plant.” The seaweed, which forms underwater forests off the Pacific coast from Baja California in Mexico to Alaska, is an alga that diverged from plants 1.7 billion years ago. That makes the two groups (which even have their own ways of doing photosynthesis) more distant relatives than humans […]

Sharks’ electricity-sensing organs are even more powerful than we realized

Sharks’ electricity-sensing organs are even more powerful than we realized

The most powerful proton conductor in the natural world is a weird, jelly-like substance that lives inside a shark’s head. That’s according to a study published Friday in the journal Science Advances, which found that the material that makes up electricity-sensing shark organs called the ampullae of Lorenzini is almost as conductive as some of the most […]

New tyrannosaur bridges gap from medium to monstrous

New tyrannosaur bridges gap from medium to monstrous

A fossil from a new species of dinosaur is helping to bridge a crucial 20-million-year gap in tyrannosaur evolution. The key fossil is a 90-million-year-old, grapefruit-sized partial skull from Uzbekistan’s Bissekty Formation. This tyrannosaur braincase, the first well-preserved one found from the mid-Cretaceous period, shows that, although still small, tyrannosaurs of the time already had […]

Snake fungal disease spreading in eastern United States

Snake fungal disease spreading in eastern United States

There’s a deadly fungus spreading among snakes in the United States. But don’t cheer. As much as snakes might frighten us, they’re important players in the ecosystem, and we really don’t want to lose them. In 2006, scientists discovered some odd skin infections among snakes in declining populations in New Hampshire. Soon after, fungal infections […]

Bees Have Supposedly Been Trained To Make Honey From Cannabis Plants

Bees Have Supposedly Been Trained To Make Honey From Cannabis Plants

Nicholas Trainer is many things: an artist, a locksmith, and perhaps most importantly, a beekeeper. Bees are, of course, known for their ability to make honey, the superbly delicious golden ooze enjoyed by millions across the world. Mr. Trainer is also an outspoken supporter of medicinal marijuana, and he’s decided to combine his interests in […]

Kids, Put Down The Snails, They Could Carry Rat Lungworm

Kids, Put Down The Snails, They Could Carry Rat Lungworm

Around 5% of common garden snails in and around Sydney contain larvae of the parasite Angiostrongylus cantonensis, commonly known as the rat lungworm. It is probably more common in Brisbane and is seen on the coast from far north Queensland down to Jervis Bay. The definitive hosts of this parasite are black and brown rats. That’s […]