This one isn’t necessarily that weird, but after we arrived in New Zealand, every time we drove past one of these Steve would ask “is that a banyan tree?” No, it was not. It is a tree called the New Zealand christmas tree, the New Zealand pōhutukawa (Māori), or Metrosideros excelsa (science).
Scientists tracking golden wing warblers with geolocators made an unexpected discovery. One to two days prior to a major storm hitting the area, the birds flew south out of the path of the storm. They apparently could hear the storm coming from hundreds of miles away.
A new study seems to hint that the idea of a warmer mars with flowing water may have only occurred during repeated yet brief periods in its history precipitated by by volcanism only to disappear when the volcanoes stopped erupting.
It has become an iconic belief about Mars that in its past, water flowed extensively over the planet creating streams, rivers, and lakes whose ancient remains are still detectable today, almost 4 billion years after the fact. NASA’s Curiosity rover strengthened that belief late in 2013 when it provided evidence of an old lake-bed near its landing site.
In 1866, a road surveyor in North Queensland documented that his horse “got stung, was mad, and died within two hours,” of coming into contact with a certain tree.
The Gympie-Gympie is one of four species of stinging trees in Australia and is said to have the most painful sting of all.
A new and promising tool is being developed in the war against bacterial infections that use liposomes to sequester bacterial toxins which minimizes dramatically the possibility of increasing bacterial resistance over time.
The widespread and frequently unwise use of antibiotics the past couple of generations has been incredibly short-sighted and frustrating. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has stated that almost half of human antibiotic use is unnecessary and inappropriate making it the most potent cause of increasing antibiotic resistance. The use of antibiotics on animals is a huge problem as well. The most galling example for me is the often fruitful and ridiculous insistence of many people for antibiotics for viral infections. Couple that with other improper use like not finishing a prescribed course of antibiotics and what we have been essentially doing is accelerating the evolution of harmful bacteria.
A meta-analysis of 147 GMO studies finds that the adoption of herbicide-tolerant (HT) soybean, maize, and cotton, and insect-resistant (IR) maize and cotton has resulted in a 22% increase in average yields, a 37% overall decrease in pesticide use, and a 68% increase in farmer profits.
Meet the psychadelic frogfish.