Long-Hidden Seeds Resurrected From UK's Forgotten Ghost Ponds

Long-Hidden Seeds Resurrected From UK's Forgotten Ghost Ponds

The fields of England may be hiding a muddy secret. Pockmarking the landscape are the echoes of “ghost ponds” – ponds filled in with soil that are not properly drained. From these, researchers have now resurrected dormant seeds from their dank graves, after being preserved within the soil for over 100 years.  At the start of the 20th…

Big Beloved Tortoise Stolen From New York Environment Center

Big Beloved Tortoise Stolen From New York Environment Center

The New York Police Department are hunting down a gang of thieves who have stolen one of the city’s treasures: a really heavy, really expensive tortoise. The African-spurred tortoise, who goes by the name Millennium, was discovered missing from the Alley Pond Environmental Center in Queens, New York, on Monday morning, suggesting he had been stolen over…

Language Development May Start A Month Before Birth

Language Development May Start A Month Before Birth

Researchers suggest that babies may be able to hear differences in language a month before they are born. Published in the journal NeuroReport, scientists from the University of Kansas used a magnetocardiogram (MCG) to study two dozen mothers who were eight months pregnant. This technology can measure magnetic fields produced by electrical activity in the heart. A bilingual…

Check Out The US Navy's Drone-Killing Laser Weapon In Action

Check Out The US Navy's Drone-Killing Laser Weapon In Action

Drones are already delivering parcels, surveilling the movements of both wildlife and people, and taking part in search-and-rescue missions. Like it or not, they’re going to form a major part of our daily lives within the next decade. The US Navy has recognized that drones could also be used as a weapon: spying on military…

Humans Have Been In Australia For 65,000 Years

Humans Have Been In Australia For 65,000 Years

Humanity reached Australia even earlier than previously thought, according to new dating of tools from a rock shelter in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. The arrival was so early it throws doubt on ideas of when modern humans first left Africa, and the timing of interbreeding with Neanderthals and Denisovans. The question of when people arrived…

Move To A Chinese City For Cleaner Air?

Move To A Chinese City For Cleaner Air?

The cities of China have wowed the world with their astonishingly rapid industrialization, but they’re hardly famous for clean air. The hundreds of millions that have undertaken one of the great historical migrations came seeking jobs, not a pristine environment. Yet new research reveals that for millions of Chinese rural residents, a shift to the…

Quantum Particles Might Move Backwards Even When We Push Them Forwards

Quantum Particles Might Move Backwards Even When We Push Them Forwards

A new study published in Physical Review A suggests that, somewhat counterintuitively, quantum particles have a chance of moving backwards, even when pushed forwards. The study was carried out by scientists from the Universities of York, Munich, and Cardiff. They were investigating the idea of “backflow”, that quantum particles can move oppositely to their momentum….

The Poop Of Babies Reveals How Smart They'll Be

The Poop Of Babies Reveals How Smart They'll Be

We are more than just human biology. A vast chunk of our bodies are comprised of various “microbiomes” – little diverse bacterial worlds that co-exist, harm, or help us out, often without us realizing. From infection-fighting eyeball microbes to mood-influencing bacteria hiding in your digestive tract, they have a powerful influence over our daily lives…