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Gruesome parasitic wasp discovered in Costa Rica

A new wasp species discovered in Costa Rica has been found to cut its host open from the insides. The Dendrocerus scutellaris is as small as a sesame seed, but don’t let its size fool you – the crafty creepy … Continued

How do cheetahs maintain their balance while they run?

As the fastest land animals this world has to offer, cheetahs have to remain balanced in order to not trip over their own legs. Researchers at the American Museum of Natural History have uncovered it’s a inner ear solution to … Continued

New Algorithm to Identify Vulnerable People in Natural Disasters

A new algorithm has been developed by the University of Waterloo to assist first responders and home care providers in helping the elderly during natural disasters, such as earthquakes, tornados, and floods. The development comes after a World Health Organization … Continued

Meditation Won’t Make You A Better Person

Meditation has become part of a growing trend to encourage society to be more mindful, but does it make you a better person? The latest research reviewing over 20 studies on the subject seems to suggest that though the activity … Continued

Bringing the plants of Pandora to life

(Picture Credit:American Chemical Society) The iconic glow of life in the 2009 film ‘Avatar’ is something that would only be dreamt up in the writers room or is it? Bioluminescence is a naturally occurring process and seen across a spectrum … Continued

Why is blue cheese blue?

We love blue cheese. Okay, half of our team love blue cheese. The other half can’t imagine how we can look at the fuzzy blue veins of mould and want to add it to our savoury biscuits. Blue cheese is … Continued

Mummies and Daddies: Egyptian Family Tree Revealed

A new DNA study has revealed that a pair of ancient Egyptian mummies, known as the Two Brothers, are actually half-brothers. The priests Khnum-nakht and Nakht-ankh were discovered in Egypt during an excavation led by British archaeologist Flinders Petrie in 1907. Their tomb was … Continued

New cat study shows dominant paw preference

Researchers have discovered that female cats tend to have a dominant right paw, while males favour the left paw. Though unsure of the reasons for this preference, it’s been observed that whether they are stepping into the little box or … Continued

Scientists block the ‘siren call’ of aggressive cancers

Aggressive cancers like glioblastoma and metastatic breast cancers use a siren call that signals to the bone marrow to send over the resources needed for the tumours to thrive. A recent breakthrough has started testing a new treatment that aims at … Continued

A new long-acting malaria therapy has been developed. 

We have battled the microscopic parasite that causes malaria since the first humans walked the Earth. Today, the affliction infects hundreds of millions of people around the world and is responsible for killing hundreds of thousands of children. There has … Continued

Challenger 2: Life Extension Project

The Challenger 2 is the main battle tank in service for the British Army and was designed and manufactured by BAE Systems. This military beast has a 12-cylinder, 1,200hp Perkins CV12 diesel engine, which can propel the 62,500 kg tank … Continued

Spotted: Black hole hiding in giant star cluster

An international team of astronomers led by the University of Göttingen witnessed a star in the globular cluster NGC 3201 acting “curious.” Boomeranged forwards and back, the star reached speeds of several hundred thousand kilometres per hour, with the pattern … Continued