Category: Science

Burrowing birds plant vegetation in a desert landscape

Burrowing birds create pockets of rich plant life. In the desert coastal deserts of Peru, tiny patches, surprisingly rich in plant life, dot the landscape. Scientists say that birds can hide behind it. Researchers at the National University of San Marcos in Lima, report to Peru in the October Journal of Drylands that they dig […]

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Dog behaviors are linked to breed genetics

Your dog’s ability to learn new tricks may be less a product of your extensive training than basic genetics. Among 101 dog breeds, scientists found that certain behavioral traits, such as learning ability or hostility, are more common in genetically similar breeds. While past studies have studied the genetic basis of dog behavior for specific […]

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Emotion tracker Sence tracks 64 emotions using ‘heart rate variability’

Planexta has introduced its Kickstarter campaign for the first emotion tracker for electrocardiography (ECG) technology, Sence. The technology helps users to understand their emotional state by measuring more than 64 emotions using heart rate variability (HRV), while simultaneously monitoring events that might trigger certain feelings. HRV is as accurate as an ECG, which is 250 […]

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Demons parade at the launch of Halloween season in Salem, Massachusetts. Picture: AFP

Child ‘vampire’s’ lost tale

IT’s a macabre site: an ancient Roman graveyard dedicated to children — most of them aged less than three. One of them, however, was very different. University of Arizona, Stanford University and Italian archaeologists have uncovered a skeleton dating from the end of the Roman empire and the start of the Dark Ages. It belonged […]

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President Donald Trump speaks about tariffs, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. Picture: Jacquelyn Martin

Doomsday scientists: ‘We’re like travellers on the titanic’

Information warfare is amplifying major worldwide threats like climate change and nuclear warfare, endangering the future of civilisation, US experts said overnight as the symbolic Doomsday Clock stayed at two minutes to midnight. The manipulation of facts, fake news and information overload — along with global warming and flirting with nuclear war — are all […]

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Cannabis-infused products could soon help women alleviate menstrual-related cramps.

Marijuana ‘inserts’ could soon banish period pain in the US

IF NORTH Dakota residents vote to next month to legalise recreational marijuana, women in the state could be able to purchase an unusual item that’s said to relieve menstrual-related pain — cannabis-infused inserts. A company called Foria, that manufactures cannabis-infused inserts, or vaginal suppositories, could sell the product in the state if the measure passes, […]

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