How did the chicken cross the sea

How did the chicken cross the sea?

It may sound like the makings of a joke, but answering the question of how chickens crossed the sea may soon provide more than just a punch line.

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Maya melting pot discovered in Guatemala

Archaeologists working in Guatemala have unearthed new information about the Maya civilization's transition from a mobile, hunter-gatherer lifestyle to a sedentary way of life.

Undersea Perth Canyon explored for first time

Off the coast of Western Australia is Perth Canyon, a massive geographical formation the size of the Grand Canyon. Perth Canyon sits far under the surface of the Pacific and it hadn’t been thoroughly explored until this month.

Fish uses water like a tongue to feed on land

This ugly fish uses water to form a tongue-like apparatus to help it eat on land.

LHC short circuits researchers conCERNed

Scientists at CERN have been gearing the Large Hadron Collider up for its first active run in two years, but starting up the massive particle physics system will be put on hold for a bit after a short circuit was detected in a powerful electromagnet.

Archivists find new copy of Map that Changed the World

Geological Society archivists have rediscovered a rare early copy of the map, which Smith called ‘A Delineation of the Strata of England and Wales, with part of Scotland; exhibiting the collieries and mines, the marshes and fen lands originally overflowed by the sea, and the varieties of soil according to the variations in the substrata, illustrated by the most descriptive names'. This version of the map had been lost for many years. Copies have been digitised and made available online in time for the start of celebrations of the map’s 200th anniversary. Naturalist and TV presenter Sir David Attenborough will mark the start of the celebrations by unveiling a plaque at Smith’s former residence.

Ancient super salamander terrorized lakes rivers

We like to think of salamander as little cute pets or harmless amphibians you can catch near local stream or lake, but millions of years ago a somewhat more terrifying version of these animals stalked the very same bodies of water.

Scientists discover shape-shifting frog in Ecuador

According to a study published this week in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, a frog living in Ecuador's western Andean cloud forest dubbed Pristimantis mutabilis can change the texture of its skin to conform to the texture it’s sitting on.

If Neanderthals were still around would we put them in zoos

It's an odd question, but one that just interesting enough to reach out to an expert with. Thankfully we have prehistoric archaeologist Aaron Deter-Wolf on our team, who gladly answers all of our odd questions.

FINALLY Mammoth genes inserted into elephant DNA

DNA from mammoths found in Arctic permafrost has been inserted into the genes of modern-day elephants, bringing the extinct mammal one step closer to roaming the Earth once again.

Did a volcanic eruption kill off the Neanderthals

Scientists have been debating for a long time the significance of the eruption of the Italian volcano Companian Ignimbrite 40,000 years ago in the ultimate extinction of Neanderthals, with some arguing that perhaps it didn’t contribute to the Neanderthals’ demise at all.

Medieval crapper reveals link between Europe and Middle East

Someone who thought it worthwhile to analyze the contents of a fifteenth-century cesspit in Jerusalem has struck…parasite eggs. But they reveal an interesting tie between Europe and the Middle East.

Asian fortune-teller spider discovered in America

Researchers from the University of Georgia and Georgia Museum of Natural History have for the first time found a creature known as the East Asian Joro spider or Asian fortune-teller spider in North America, according to a new study appearing in the journal PeerJ.

Ridiculously cute animal makes first appearance in 20 years

For the first time in over two decades, researchers have caught a glimpse at a tiny and elusive mountain-dwelling mammal known as the Ili pika, and after taking one look at the creature, it’s easy to see why: that much cute can only be handled in small doses.

Additives to speed biodegrading plastic dont work

Waste management is a huge issue around the world, so companies have been marketing additives to speed up the biodegrading process. But what happens when these don't work?

Planetary wobbles dont cause global ice ages

Have you ever wondered what causes the entire Earth to freeze up and enter an ice age? According to this new study, it's not planetary wobbles like previously thought.

Orangutans manipulate their voices to scare predators

By cupping their hands to their mouths, orangutans have discovered that they can sound bigger and badder to fake out their mortal enemies.

Adapting to climate change has repercussions

This is a whole new dimension to the climate change debate! So what do we do?

Long lost grave of Don Quixote author Cervantes finally

Nearly four centuries after his death, a team of forensic scientists has apparently discovered the remains of Miguel de Cervantes, the Spanish novelist who wrote "The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha", various media outlets reported earlier this week.

Burmese pythons devastating rabbit population in Everglades

Thanks to the exotic pet trade, Burmese pythons have invaded Florida’s Everglades and it turns out – they have developed a taste for area rabbits. According to a new study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the python has become the main predator of marsh rabbits.

This week in obvious science

This week, expensive research has learn’t us a thing or two about how putting lions where they don’t belong is a bad idea, shortages of things necessary for survival could limit population growth, going to prison can complicate your relationship, good marketing requires knowing who you’re marketing to, and carbon absorption decreases when things that absorb carbon disappear.

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  • An aromatic woolly plant (Origanum dictamnus) native to Crete, formerly believed to have magical powers.
The word 'dittany' may come from the name of Mount Diktē in Crete, where it was supposed to grow.
Quote of the Day
The mountains, the forest, and the sea, render men savage; they develop the fierce, but yet do not destroy the human.

- Victor Hugo (1802 - 1885), French poet, dramatist, novelist.
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