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Archive for October 2019

October 1, 2019


How Ants Turn Into Zombies

Scientists have found zombie ants in the Brazilian rainforests. The ants are infected by a fungus. In fact, scientists have just found four new species of the zombie‑creating fungus, Ophiocordyceps.

October 2, 2019


Madly In Love

Scientists have found that when you’re in love, your brain is flooded with different chemicals, including dopamine.  In the right amount, dopamine can make you behave recklessly and become manic and obsessive.

October 3, 2019


Mosquitoes On The Scent

Scientists have known for over half a century that most mosquito species are attracted to carbon dioxide, heat and moisture. Since that time researchers have been trying to figure out what specific odors in humans attract disease carrying species.

October 4, 2019


The Abominable Yeti Crab

Like the fantastical abominable snowman, also known as a yeti, the yeti crab is white, and its long claws are covered in pale fur. And even though it’s a mere six inches long, it’s definitely strange.

October 7, 2019


Birds Of A Feather Flock Together

Social niches are made up of the social aspects of a species’ environmental relationship. In the case of humans, this means that your friends, family and coworkers influence you just as much as other environmental factors.

October 9, 2019


A New Atomic Clock Could Help Spaceships Navigate Better

NASA recently launched the Deep Space Atomic Clock, or DSAC, on a test mission. DSAC should allow spacecraft to chart their own trajectories, essentially becoming self-driving spaceships.

October 9, 2019


Grunting And Tennis

While watching tennis, it’s hard to miss the unmistakable grunts the players make when they hit the ball. The sound can get up to 100 decibels, which is basically as loud as a motorbike. There is still controversy in tennis about how grunting affects the game.

October 10, 2019


Ants To The Rescue

In 2019 ethologists published evidence that a species of harvester ants will rescue their nest mates when they become trapped in a spider web.

October 11, 2019


Help On Horseback

Horses can help people learn to walk again through a form of physical rehabilitation called hippotherapy. The patient rides a horse, and as it walks or trots, the movement of your legs and pelvis reminds your body of what it feels like to walk.

October 14, 2019


Penguins, Biodiversity And Antarctica

Colonies of penguins that live in Antarctica create hotbeds of diversity by doing something that all animals do: pooping.
Researchers found that when penguins poop, they enrich the soil in and around the colony, creating the perfect environment for mosses and lichens to grow.

October 15, 2019


Gut Microbes And Depression

In 2019, a team of Belgian researchers obtained new evidence correlating gut bacteria with depression in humans. They found a correlation between the patients’ depression and the absence of two bacteria species.

October 16, 2019


Cloudy Vision

Cataracts are the result of the natural breakdown of proteins in the eye’s lens as you age. When lens proteins lose their three dimensional structure they cause the lens to become cloudy.

October 17, 2019


How Mosquitoes Find Us

Mosquitoes can smell carbon dioxide from up to 100 feet away, and when we exhale, we emit CO2. Once mosquitoes catch a whiff of it, their brains start scanning their surroundings for their next meal.

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