Hemp fields offer a late-season pollen source for stressed bees

VANCOUVER — Fields of hemp might become a late-season pollen bonanza for bees. Industrial hemp plants, the no-high varieties of cannabis, are becoming a more familiar sight for American bees as states create pilot programs for legal growing. Neither hemp nor the other strains of the Cannabis sativa species grown for recreational or medicinal uses …

Climate Change Likely Caused The Collapse of This Ancient Civilisation 4,000 Years Ago

Some 4,000 years ago, a thriving civilisation in the Indus River Valley inexplicably abandoned its cities, leaving their empty buildings to decay. The Harappa culture (of what is now Pakistan) had a booming local economy and long-distance intercultural trade. Yet, by around 1800 BCE, they had moved from their cities with mod cons such as …

Small Farmers in Mexico Keep Corn’s Genetic Diversity Alive

Like his parents and grandparents before them, Edilberto “Beto” García Cuenca started farming the land when he was just a kid. The descendant of a long lineage of “campesinos”—a Spanish term for family farmer—he still grows maize in the small, five-acre plot his mom left him in their hometown of Santa María Zacatepec in the …

Deep sea horror: Fisherman claims discovery of alien-like creature with smiling face

Updated November 19, 2018 16:20:27 Photo: It is unclear what species the strange creature belongs to. (Twitter: Roman Fedortsov) An Instagram-famous fisherman has shared footage of a bizarre creature he claims was captured in the deep sea. Key points: Creature likely from the ‘twilight zone’ of the deep sea Scarcely-lit zone is found between 200 …

Fisherman claims discovery of bizarre creature with smiling face

Updated November 19, 2018 16:20:27 Photo: It is unclear what species the strange creature belongs to. (Twitter: Roman Fedortsov) An Instagram-famous fisherman has shared footage of a bizarre creature he claims was captured in the deep sea. Key points: Creature likely from the ‘twilight zone’ of the deep sea Scarcely-lit zone is found between 200 …

Gruesome discovery of Czech tiger farm exposes illegal trade in heart of Europe

The first thing that hit the inspectors was the smell. It was a sweltering midsummer day in Prague, and they had just opened an unplugged freezer filled with the rotting remains of tigers, lions and cougars. Pavla Rihova, the lead environmental inspector on the scene, said she had never seen anything like it. “I have …

Is There Actually a ‘Right’ Age to Have a Child? Here’s The Science

Over the past three decades, there has been a steady increase in the average age of parents. Advances in fertility science mean that people can, literally, put their eggs or sperm on ice and delay the start of parenthood. Many large companies, such as Apple, Facebook and Google, now offer egg freezing to employees as …

First-ever Oregon dinosaur bone found by scientists

University of Oregon scientists said they have uncovered a rare Oregon dinosaur fossil. (University of Oregon) University of Oregon scientists have found the first confirmed dinosaur bone in Oregon, Fox 12 Oregon reports. The toe bone belonged to a plant-eating, bipedal dinosaur known as an ornithopod and is estimated to date back 103 million years to …

How wombats poop cubes

Of all the poops in the world, only wombats’ are shaped like cubes. The varied elasticity of the wombat’s intestines helps the marsupials to sculpt their scat into cubelike nuggets, instead of the round pellets, messy piles or tubular coils made by other mammals, researchers reported November 18 at the American Physical Society Division of …

George Clooney Can Probably Convince You That Evolution Is True

A spoonful of celebrity could help the science go down more smoothly. A new study has found that exposure to celebrity opinions on evolution can influence an individual’s own acceptance. Evolution is a basic scientific principle that’s been around for well over a hundred years, yet many people today continue to misunderstand or reject the …

Genetics Start-Up Wants to Sequence People’s Genomes for Free

The quality of gene sequencing has improved so much and its price has fallen so far that a start-up now says it can offer the service for free. Nebula Genomics aims to sequence a customer’s entire genome, according to the company’s chief scientific officer Dennis Grishin. In contrast, current commercial services offer genotyping, …