Penguins Can Shoot Poo 1.34 Metres, Study Says

Researchers have sought to answer a question very few people were likely asking — how far can an Adélie penguin poo when it’s guarding its nest? That answer is up to 1.34 metres, in case you were wondering. Read More >>

The World Will Lose Madagascar’s Lemurs Without Action

The island of Madagascar is home to animals and plants found nowhere else on Earth. Among them? Lemurs, which are unfortunately staring down some very bad news. Read More >>

‘Airborne,’ ‘Asymptomatic,’ and Other Misunderstood Coronavirus Terms

Last week, the World Health Organization formally announced a change in its stance over very two important issues concerning covid-19. The organisation stated that people can spread the virus while asymptomatic and that airborne transmission of the virus is possible under certain circumstances, such as crowded rooms with little ventilation. Read More >>

Astronomers Have a Plan to Detect a Possible Black Hole in Our Solar System

You may have heard about Planet Nine – a hypothetical planet thought to exist in the outer reaches of the solar system. One possibility is that it’s not a planet at all but a tiny black hole. New research outlines a potential strategy for detecting this supposed black hole, in a search that could begin as early as next year. Read More >>

‘It Really Is Otherworldly’: What It’s Like to Visit the Hot Springs of the Deep Sea

Thousands of feet below the ocean’s surface, boiling hot plumes of seawater shoot like geysers into the abyss. There, some of the strangest life on Earth thrives. Thousands of white crabs with spindly legs creep along the seafloor. Eight-foot-long worms with bright red, mouthless heads poke out of white PVC-looking tubes. Massive golden octopuses float silently through the dark water. Read More >>

A Lab Accident Likely Led to a Woman’s Death From Brain-Destroying Prions 9 Years Later

A lab accident in 2010 likely led to a woman’s untimely death nearly a decade later, according to doctors in France. In a recent case study, they describe how a woman in her early 30s developed a universally fatal brain disorder years after she had pierced her skin with equipment used to handle infectious rogue proteins called prions. Read More >>

Native Americans Voyaged to Polynesia Long Before Europeans Reached the Americas, DNA Study Shows

Indigenous South Americans reached islands in the South Pacific some 300 years before Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas, according to new genetic evidence. Read More >>

How to See the NEOWISE Comet, Now Visible to the Naked Eye

Comet NEOWISE has completed its close approach to the Sun and is now returning from whence it came. Visible comets like this don’t come around often, so you’re going to want to see this celestial wonder with your own eyes before it’s too late. Here’s how. Read More >>

Lunar Rover Footage Upscaled With AI Is as Close as You’ll Get to the Experience of Driving on the Moon

The last time astronauts walked on the moon was in December of 1972, decades before high-definition video cameras were available. They relied on low-res grainy analog film to record their adventures, which makes it hard for viewers to feel connected to what’s going on. But using modern AI techniques to upscale classic NASA footage and increase the frame rate suddenly makes it feel like you’re actually on the moon. Read More >>

1,000-Year-Old Cat Skeleton Suggests Nomadic Herders Cared for Ailing Pet

Archaeologists in Kazakhstan have discovered the well-preserved remains of a cat that died over 1,000 years ago along the Silk Road. The feline lived a tough life but was apparently cared for by pastoralists, in an unheard of practice given their nomadic lifestyles. Read More >>

Evidence of Prehistoric Ochre Mine Found in Submerged Mexican Caves

Underwater caves in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula have yielded evidence of a prehistoric ochre mine, in a discovery that could explain why the region’s earliest inhabitants ventured so deeply inside this treacherous cave system. Read More >>

Even Mild Covid-19 Can Sometimes Cause Hallucinations and Other Brain Problems

Doctors are starting to see the sort of serious brain problems that scientists had previously warned would become more common because of the covid-19 pandemic. A new study published Wednesday details patients who caught the coronavirus and went on to develop neurological complications, including cognitive impairment, trouble moving or walking, and frightening hallucinations and delusions. These symptoms happened even in people with mild covid-19. Read More >>

Scientists Have Created Rainbow Hologram Chocolate Without Any Extra Ingredients

Your average corner shop is a marketing warzone as snack makers compete to make their chocolate bars stand out amongst the competition. Skipping fancy wrappers or weird flavour combinations, researchers from ETH Zurich have found a way to make truly unique chocolate with a hologram-like colour-changing finish that doesn’t require any special ingredients or dyes. Read More >>

These Are Some of the Best Citizen Science Projects You Can Join With Just Your Phone or Laptop

Maybe you’ve never noticed, because they don’t get a lot of hype but there are hundreds and hundreds of citizen science projects that you can get involved in. These projects range from tagging space observatory photos to transcribing documents that are centuries old. You don’t need any special skills or qualifications to help advance the cause of science, just a laptop or a phone. Read More >>

Squid Are Nature’s Fireworks

It’s been a rough year, so why not unwind with nature’s fireworks with the assorted creatures of the deep sea? Read More >>