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  • Plants make their own sunscreen

    Plants make their own sunscreen

    Via Science Alert : A new study has revealed how plants protect themselves from getting sunburnt – by producing special molecules that block harmful ultraviolet rays. Plants spend their whole day sunbathing, and while they need sunlight for photosynthesis, overexposure to the Sun’s rays can cause serious damage to their DNA that can disrupt their development. So how do they protect their luscious leaves and shoots from burning to a crisp? A new study has […]

  • Sharks are Older than Trees

    Sharks are Older than Trees

    Via Smithsonian : Fun fact of the day: Sharks are older than trees. The earliest species that we could classify as “tree,” the now-extinct Archaeopteris, lived around 350 million years ago, in forests where the Sahara desert is now. But Sharks? They laugh at trees. They’ve been around for 400 million years, skirting four global mass extinctions along the way. But whether they’ll survive the current shark-ocaust driven by our own species’ penchant for expensive […]

  • Birds using human musical scales

    Birds using human musical scales

    Birds found using human musical scales for the first time. Via ScienceShot : The flutelike songs of the male hermit thrush (Catharus guttatus) are some of the most beautiful in the animal kingdom. Now, researchers have found that these melodies employ the same mathematical principles that underlie many Western and non-Western musical scales—the first time this has been seen in any animal outside humans. The scientists analyzed the spectrograms (barcodelike representations of the frequencies in […]

  • Carbon Cycle | Rising anthropogenic nitrate levels in North Pacific Ocean

    Carbon Cycle | Rising anthropogenic nitrate levels in North Pacific Ocean

    Via ScienceDaily : Human-induced changes to Earth’s carbon cycle — for example, rising atmospheric carbon dioxide and ocean acidification — have been observed for decades. However, a study published this week in Science showed human activities, in particular industrial and agricultural processes, have also had significant impacts on the upper ocean nitrogen cycle. The rate of deposition of reactive nitrogen (i.e., nitrogen oxides from fossil fuel burning and ammonia compounds from fertilizer use) from the […]

  • This algae farm eats highway pollution

    This algae farm eats highway pollution

    Via Science Alert : Plant-like microorganisms called algae are pretty interesting little creatures – some species form expansive ‘algal blooms’ that harm the environment, whereas others can be used to produce biofuel and food sources. Some can even infect humans and mess with their brains. This diverse organism uses sunlight and carbon dioxide to grow, and produces a large amount of oxygen. A bustling highway might seem like an odd place to try to farm […]

  • What Is This Bizarre See-Through Creature?

    What Is This Bizarre See-Through Creature?

    Via IFLScience : The creature in the GIF looks like something from another planet, but it’s actually an eel larvae. Also known as leptocephali, eel larvae are transparent, thin, and contain a large amount of clear energy storage compounds. To eat, they rely on their simple tube-like gut. They live near the ocean surface and feed on particulate material like marine snow. While still in their larval phases, they lack red blood cells, which likely […]

  • Are brain games really helpful?

    Are brain games really helpful?

    Common in our society today are the brain exercises designed to give our mental faculties the boost they need. There are games, activities and all other cranial calisthenics that claim to be helpful in maintaining our brains functioning superbly. Via – ScienceDump : Do you misplace your keys or regularly miss appointments? Do you often forget the names of people you know well? Do you feel like your memory is slowly getting worse? If so, then […]

  • The Essay That Got Me Into Wharton

    The Essay That Got Me Into Wharton

    University application essay – is an additional method used by some university in selecting candidates from the university’s applications. A well craft university application essay can tip the balance in your favour if somehow your application landed yourself in the admissions officer’s ‘maybe’ pile.  Glenn Leibowitz shares his experience in “The Essay That Got Me Into Wharton” Via LinkedIn I wrote about how the captain of the boat needs to lead across multiple fronts, coordinating the […]