How flamingos sleep while standing on one leg

How flamingos sleep while standing on one leg After a long day at the zoo, sore feet and stiff legs might make you wonder how flamingos get any shuteye while precariously standing atop a single stiltlike leg. To figure out how they do it, scientists placed juvenile flamingos atop a fo...

Why whales grew to such monster sizes

Why whales grew to such monster sizes Weighing in at 200,000 kilograms and stretching the length of a basketball court, the blue whale is the biggest animal that’s ever lived. Now, scientists have figured out why they and other baleen whales got so huge. “It’s a cool study,” sa...

Academies calculate how much Brexit will cost U.K. researchers

Jeff Djevdet/Flickr (CC BY 2.0) Academies calculate how much Brexit will cost U.K. researchers Some academic fields in the United Kingdom will have major funding holes to fill once the country leaves the European Union, according to new research commissioned by four ...

Lawsuit at Columbia University roils prominent chronic fatigue syndrome research lab

Ian Lipkin is being sued by his long-time collaborator Mady Hornig. JOSHUA BRIGHT/The New York Times Lawsuit at Columbia University roils prominent chronic fatigue syndrome research lab A sex discrimination lawsuit filed last week has exposed a nasty fight roiling one...

Former Ethiopian health minister becomes first African head of the World Health Organization

Tedros says he will work tirelessly to fulfill the promise of universal health coverage. Valentin Flauraud/Keystone via AP Former Ethiopian health minister becomes first African head of the World Health Organization For the first time in its history, the World Healt...

What’s in Trump’s 2018 budget request for science?

President Donald J. Trump Gage Skidmore/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0) What’s in Trump’s 2018 budget request for science? President Donald Trump unveiled his full 2018 budget request to Congress today. The spending plan, for the fiscal year that begins 1 October, f...

Fossils show first human ancestor came from Europe, not Africa

Newly discovered pre-human remains dated to more than seven million years ago could change common assumptions about the origins of humanity, suggesting that people may have diverged from great apes hundreds of thousands of years earlier than experts had previously thought. In fact, in a...

Star that spurred alien megastructure theories dims again

Another explanation for the dimming is that KIC 8462852 is surrounded by a swarm of dusty comets. JPL-Caltech/NASA Star that spurred alien megastructure theories dims again Astronomers and alien life enthusiasts alike are buzzing over the sudden dimming of an otherw...

Sperm frozen in space produce healthy mouse pups

Mouse pups born from sperm stored on the International Space Station for 9 months.  S. Wakayama et al., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114, 21 (23 May 2017) © 2017 National Academy of Sciences Sperm frozen in space produce healthy mouse pups If...

Can bitcoin’s cryptographic technology help save the environment?

Blockchain, the cryptographic technology behind the digital currency bitcoin, could also be adapted for environmental purposes, such as guaranteeing that fish sold to consumers come from labeled sources, such as these salmon farms in Norway. Andrey Armyagov/Alamy Stoc...
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