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Russian explorers prove it’s possible to drive from Russia to Canada across North Pole

// May 20th, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

It took two and a half months at a speed of only 6.2 MPH but Russian explorers have proven that it is indeed possible to drive from Russia to Canada across the North Pole. The seven Russian explorers drove a custom-made bus in an effort to road test the automobile over ice and water. It’s […]

“Crazy Ants” invade the south and are so mean, they’re even driving the Fire Ants away

// May 19th, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

Crazy Ants were first discovered in Houston in 2002 by pest control worker Tom Rasberry (and hence are often referred to as “Crazy Rasberry Ants”). The Nylanderia fulva bite is less painful than that of the Fire Ant but they multiply in far greater numbers – and poison ant baits do not effect them. Researchers […]

While in college, Isaac Newton worked on creating a “universal” language for all people

// May 13th, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

While a young student just beginning college, Isaac Newton worked on drawing up plans for a “universal” language. Under his carefully-designed language system, the names of similar or related things would all begin with the same letter For instance, all musical instruments would begin with the letter “M”. People would know what “category” a word […]

Carbon dioxide levels in atmosphere pass troubling critical milestone

// May 13th, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

Scientists announced this week that the level of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has reached a level not seen on earth for a long time, surpassing 400 parts per million (0.000400 mole), a dire milestone. The best available evidence suggests the amount of carbon dioxide gas in the air has not been this high […]

It’s not an illusion, the lips on this plant are real. Meet the Hooker Lips plant.

// May 11th, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

Yes, this plant is real and not photoshopped. The Psychotria Elata plant is commonly known as Hooker Lips or the Hot Lips Plant for the shape of its bright red bracts that resemble two luscious lips. Found in the tropical rain forests of Central and South American countries like Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama and Ecuador, […]

Scientists unveil worlds’ smallest stop-motion film – each dot in the video is a single atom

// May 2nd, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

Scientists at IBM have unveiled the worlds smallest stop-motion film (certified by Guinness Book of World Records). The video below is magnified 100 million times its actual size. The one-minute movie, “A Boy and His Atom,” depicts a boy named Atom who goofs around with an actual atom during 242 single frames (each frame measuring […]

As Artic Ice melts, it has become a free-for-all gold rush – for mammoth tusks!

// April 16th, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

As the melting of the world’s icecaps accelerates, more and more land, which has been encased in ice for centuries, is slowly revealing hidden treasures. As the ice disappears, mammoth tusks are appearing all over the landscape and that means big business for some. In Siberia, the now-exposed tusks are bringing in tusk hunters and […]

Scientists puzzled by fish discovered at bottom of Antarctica ocean – its blood is totally clear

// April 8th, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

Every animal with bones on planet Earth utilizes oxygen that is delivered in its blood via hemoglobin, which binds to the oxygen molecules to make the blood appear red. Every animal that is, except for a newly discovered species, the ocellated icefish (Chionodraco rastrospinosus). The ocellated icefish’s blood has no hemoglobin and hence, its blood […]

De-extinction for the first time – bizarre extinct frog species brought back from the grave

// March 18th, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

Rheobatrachus silus, the gastric-brooding frog, is different from most other frogs – it gives birth from its mouth, swallowing eggs to hide in its stomach until they’re ready to hatch then spitting out live baby frogs. Sadly. the frog was last seen in the wild in 1979 and became extinct a few years later. Luckily, […]

North Korea follows through and carries out its third nuclear test yesterday triggering 5.1 magnitude artificial tremor

// February 12th, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

North Korea followed through with its plans announced last month and carried out its third nuclear test yesterday. Initial reports of a 5.1 magnitude artificial tremor in the northeast section of the country began to trickle out late yesterday evening with confirmation of the nuclear test coming out an our or so later. United Nations […]

World’s largest battery, capable of delivering 36 megawatts of electricity, goes online in Texas

// February 11th, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

Texans indeed do know how to go big. Located in a remote section of west Texas, Xtreme Power and Duke Energy have switched on the world’s largest battery, a battery capable of delivering a whopping 36 megawatts of electricity over the grid in a little over 15 minutes.

Biologist to tag 1,000 wood ants with tiny radio receivers in order to track and map ant behavior

// February 7th, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

Samuel Ellis, a biologist from the University of York, is about to begin a mufti-year project which will involve the radio tagging of over 1,000 hairy wood ants with tiny radio receivers. The project will be one of the largest radio-tagging experiments of insects in the wild. Each hairy wood ant, which are about one […]

Antarctic research station with extendible legs and giant skis allows facility to “ski” across the ice shelf

// February 7th, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

Halley VI Antarctic research station on skis

Yesterday, the $40.6 million Halley VI Antarctic research station opened its doors to 52 research scientists intent on studying the frigid Antarctic region. The facility is designed to “ski” on the ice. Weather elements on the floating Brunt Ice Shelf can dump up to three feet of ice on permanent structures. In addition, the ice […]

Moles smell in stereo – but the coolest part of this story is how they tested the mole’s sense of smell

// February 6th, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

Almost all mammals hear in stereo, the benefit of having two opposing ear canals, but scientists have long debated whether some animals smell in stereo. Animals’ unique ability to find food based on odor is uncanny at times and now neuroscientist Kenneth Catania of Vanderbilt University has determined that moles at least, do indeed smell […]

New largest prime number found – 17 million digits would fill 28 novel-length books

// February 6th, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

It was announced yesterday that a new prime number, the largest to date, has been discovered by Dr. Curtis Cooper, a professor at the University of Central Missouri. The new prime number, which is also the 48th Mersenne prime (an extremely rare prime that is a prime number that can be written in the form […]

Uh oh, the size of a proton may be significantly smaller than originally believed

// January 25th, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

A team of scientists at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have upset the current body of literature on quantum electrodynamics by proving that the size of a proton is actually much smaller than originally believed. Their measurements indicated the proton’s radius measures a mere 0.84fm.