Category: Life

  • Reverse evolution 2.

    Reverse evolution 2.

    Turtle ant soldiers scuttle to and from sporting shiny, adorably oversized heads, which they use to block the entrances of their nests — essentially acting as living doors. Not all heads are shaped alike: some soldiers have ones that resemble manhole covers and perfectly seal tunnel entrances. Others have square heads, which they assemble into […]

  • Quantum… time? Quantum… cosmos?!

    Quantum… time? Quantum… cosmos?!

    An international group of physicists led by Stevens Institute of Technology, University of Vienna and University of Queensland reveal the quantum properties of time, whereby the flow of time doesn’t observe a straight arrow forward, but one where cause and effect can co-exist both in the forward and backward direction. To show this scenario, researchers […]

  • Trees dying… Don’t care…

    Trees dying… Don’t care…

    Joshua trees facing extinction: They outlived mammoths and saber-toothed tigers. But without dramatic action to reduce climate change, new research shows Joshua trees won’t survive much past this century. (1) What does it matter? Trees are eternal. We die. Worms live forever. The universe is Ephemeral. The world doesn’t care for existence. It is existence […]

  • Listening to music. Humans. Apes.

    Listening to music. Humans. Apes.

    In the eternal search for understanding what makes us human, scientists found that our brains are more sensitive to pitch, the harmonic sounds we hear when listening to music, than our evolutionary relative the macaque monkey. The study, funded in part by the National Institutes of Health, highlights the promise of Sound Health, a joint […]

  • The evolution of… evolution.

    The evolution of… evolution.

    New research identifies a previously overlooked global event which changed the course of the evolution of life in the oceans. It coincided with a rise in calcium carbonate-secreting plankton and their subsequent deposition on the ocean floor. The ocean as we understand it today was shaped by a global evolutionary regime shift around 170 million […]