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This holiday light display brought to you by an electric eel named Miguel Wattson

[embedded content] If you happen to enjoy the festive light display at the Tennessee Aquarium over the holidays, you can thank a certain electric eel for it. Although the eel in question probably doesn’t care either way. Miguel Wattson is…

Radar uncovers another Viking ship in Norway

[embedded content] Use of high-resolution georadar has uncovered yet another stunning discovery in Norway: a Viking ship burial and settlement that dates back more than 1,000 years. It’s the second such discovery in just a few years. On top of…

The Journal of Epidemiology: Linking Air Pollution Nanoparticles & Incident of Brain Tumors

Mahattan traffic Nov. 2019 Cynthia Shahan CleanTechnicaScience and modern biochemistry have all kinds of answers on the brain and human health, but scientific knowledge alone can’t stop air pollution. Those studies can make citizens aware of how compromised we are. They can let us know that air pollution is indeed a threat to the brain’s and body’s core functions. But humans must act on this knowledge to make it truly useful

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Monkeys inform group members about threats — following principles of cooperation

Humans are often faced with the choice of investing in the greater good or being selfish and letting others do the work. Animals that live in groups often encounter threats, and informing others could potentially save lives. Researchers show that wild sooty mangabeys, when facing dangerous vipers, do not just call out of fear or to warn their family, but will call when the information about the threat might otherwise not reach all group members.

UN Chief Warns Global Warming ‘Point of No Return’ Is Hurtling Toward Us – ScienceAlert

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Sunday that the world’s efforts to stop climate change have been “utterly inadequate” so far and there is a danger global warming could pass the “point of no return.” Speaking before the start…

Underwater telecom cables make superb seismic network

(University of California – Berkeley) Photonic systems can transform underwater fiber-optic cables into a dense network of seismic stations to illuminate ocean-floor earthquake zones impossible to study today, according to a new study by researchers from UC Berkeley, Berkeley Lab and Rice University. The scientists turned 20 kilometers of cable around the underwater San Gregorio Fault system in Monterey Bay into an array of some 10,000 seismic sensors by interferometrically measuring backscattered light caused by strain along the cable.

Study of intestinal bacteria of insects may reveal strategies for combatting them

(Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo) Intestinal microbiota of mosquito that transmits dengue and of bugs resistant to insecticides is the focus of studies developed at the Université Claude Bernard Lyon1 and presented at FAPESP Week France.