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Whale Sharks Are Even Cooler Than We Realised

An under-appreciated group of sharks’ secret lives are now being revealed thanks to the wonders of satellite technology.


Texting Produces An Entirely New Kind Of Brain Wave Pattern

A research team from the Mayo Clinic has shown that text messaging changes the rhythm of brain wave patterns in a way that’s never seen before. The discovery shows that smartphones are literally altering the way our minds work.


99-Million-Year-Old Bird Wings Found Encased In Amber

Finding ancient bugs trapped in amber is a relatively common occurrence, but the recent discovery of two ancient bird wings fossilised in Burmese amber is unprecedented. These 3D fossils — which still contain feather arrangements and traces of soft tissue — are simply amazing.


We Finally Know How Dogs Sniff Out Diabetes

For years, assistance dogs have been used to detect low blood sugar levels in their diabetic owners and warn of an impending hypoglycemia attack. Scientists have finally figured out how dogs are able to accomplish this feat — an insight that could lead to new medical sensors.


13 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Human Birth

Everyone on Earth has been through it, but there’s a lot about birth that you’re probably unfamiliar with. Here’s thirteen facts about the human birthing process you may not have picked up in biology class.


Bumblebees Collide With Objects More Often Than You Think

This bee looks so shocked to be in this predicament. “How could I not see this pole?” it asks. “This was a huge mistake.”


Ancient Insects Had Some Pretty Funky Camo

New evidence shows that insects were using camouflage to hide from their predators as many as 100 million years ago — and wow did these ancient bugs ever employ some strange forms of deception.


Baby Turtles Getting Hypnotised For Science Is So Cute It Hurts

Baby sea turtles don’t really need our help being adorable, but remarkably, scientists have figured out a way to make the tiny shelled reptiles even more mind-numbingly cute: By hypnotising them.


Hundreds Of Genes Spring Back To Life In The Days After Death

We assume that all biological processes come to an end when we die, but new research shows that many genes remain active for up to four days following clinical death. These zombie genes can’t bring a person back to life, but this discovery has serious implications for forensics and organ donor recipients.


This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Stop Exercising

It takes a lot of hard work to stay in shape, which is why it’s important to exercise on a regular basis. But it’s not always possible to remain active, and sometimes a few days off can turn into a more… extended hiatus. Here’s what happens to your body when you suddenly stop exercising.


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