What’s the biggest group of animals ever recorded on Earth?

In early 2020, ornithologist Noah Strycker found himself walking amongst several thousand chinstrap penguins on Elephant Island, a remote blip of snow-covered rock just off the Antarctic Peninsula. He was there to carry out a census of the island’s penguin colony, which hadn’t been properly surveyed since 1970. “I’ll never forget the sight, sound, and…smell,” […]

The team will gather information in Africa on zoonotic diseases that can jump from animals to humans, like COVID-19 and HIV — ScienceDaily

A University of Arkansas biologist is part of a global team of researchers developing a strategy to detect and intercept diseases emerging from wildlife in Africa that could eventually infect humans. Assistant professor Kristian Forbes, along with colleagues from Africa, Europe and North America, have proposed a four-part approach to detect and contain zoonotic diseases, […]

Best portable air conditioner: Cool off where you need it most

Portable air conditioners that you can move from room to room. (Paige Cody via Unsplash/) When the broiling heat of the summer kicks in, there is no escaping the need for an air conditioner. Currently, the cooling market is packed with a wide variety of options to choose from when you absolutely need to make […]

Low-income preschoolers exposed to nurturing care have with higher IQ scores later on

IMAGE: This model illustrates the proposed association between early cumulative adversities in childhood and benefits in adolescence that might be modified by nurturing care in the home; the researchers found only… view more  Credit: Reprinted from The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanchi/article/PIIS2352-4642(20)30309-6/fulltext , Angela C B Trude et alEffects of responsive caregiving and learning opportunities […]

Researchers take a closer look at the genomes of microbial communities in the human mouth

Micrograph showing Rothia cells (light blue) in their native habitat, a bacterial biofilm scraped from the human tongue. Credit: Jessica Mark Welch, Marine Biological Laboratory. Bacteria often show very strong biogeography—some bacteria are abundant in specific locations while absent from others—leading to major questions when applying microbiology to therapeutics or probiotics: how did the bacteria […]

The best coding toys for kids

If your youngster is already interested in computers (and other mobile gadgetry), now is the perfect time to seek out the best coding toys for kids. There are myriad apps, toys and games available to teach coding skills to children of all ages and jumpstart those future techie careers. These days, though, the sheer variety […]

Stroke and altered mental state increase risk of death for COVID-19 patients — ScienceDaily

People hospitalized with COVID-19 and neurological problems including stroke and confusion, have a higher risk of dying than other COVID-19 patients, according to a study published online today by researchers at Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the journal Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. These findings […]

Best robot vacuum: Clean up without lifting a finger

These robot vacuums suck in all the best ways… and your pets will love them. (Yoonjae Baik via Unsplash/) Nothing beats hands-free cleaning—and it truly doesn’t get any better than a robot vacuum. With the push of a button, the best robot vacuums can tackle the largest room in your house without wasting any time. […]

More than half of Hudson River tidal marshes were created accidentally by humans

IMAGE: The arrival of the railroad and associated structures in 1850 along the banks of New York’s Hudson River Tidal Estuary in several areas created the conditions for marshes to form…. view more  Credit: courtesy of the Dams and Sediment in the Hudson project AMHERST, Mass. – In a new study of tidal marsh resilience to […]

Plants can be larks or night owls just like us

Dr Hannah Rees, postdoctoral scientist at the Earlham Institute, UK. Credit: Earlham Institute Plants have the same variation in body clocks as that found in humans, according to new research that explores the genes governing circadian rhythms in plants. The research shows a single letter change in their DNA code can potentially decide whether a […]