Articles by Ajit Jha

Horses against a night sky
4.4 Million Year Old Ethiopian Horse Species Fills In The Gap In Equestrian Evolution
Dec 13, 2013 17:00 PM E
A 4.4 million year old fossilized animal found in the Afar region in Ethiopia was determined to be a horse the size of a small zebra. The horse species is named Eurygnathohippus woldegabrieli.
Poison arrow frog, Peru
Andes Frog Population Declining Due To Deadly Fungus, Not Climate Change
Dec 13, 2013 16:01 PM E
A new study published in the journal Conservation Biology conclusively identifies the cause of a waning frog population in the Andes mountains: a deadly fungus that thrives in the temperature zone of the mountain range.
A Savannah Monitor Lizard
Lizards Breath In The Same Mysterious Way As Birds, Alligators, And Dinosaurs: Why One Way Loop Confuses Scientists
Dec 11, 2013 13:03 PM E
Birds, alligators, and, possibly, dinosaurs all share the same breathing method, called "one way loop." According to a University of Utah study, the breathing method is also shared by monitor lizards.
Hochstetter's Butterfly-orchid
Europe’s Rarest Orchid, Lost For 173 Years, Rediscovered On 'Lost World' Volcano In The Azores
Dec 10, 2013 13:15 PM E
An orchid recently discovered on an island off of Brazil turned out tto be Europe's rarest orchid, according to a new study published in the peer reviewed open access journal Peer J.
Blue Origin
Amazon Founder's Space Company, Blue Origin, Successfully Test Launches Liquid Hydrogen Rocket Engine [VIDEO]
Dec 08, 2013 12:38 PM E
Amazon's founder, Jeff Bezos, has advanced efforts to make space travel a reality for non-astronauts, by successfully testing a liquid hydrogen rocket engine with his company Blue Origin.
Mordor
What's The Weather Like On Middle Earth? Scientist Maps Climate in 'Lord Of The Rings'
Dec 07, 2013 17:55 PM E
J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth features varying climates, but how do they compare to those of the real world? One scientist's new project compares real cities to those in the "Lord of the Rings"
The Copenhagen Wheel
The Copenhagen Wheel: An Electric Bicycle Wheel With Seamless Smart Features [VIDEO]
Dec 07, 2013 16:32 PM E
The Copenhagen Wheel can turn almost any bike into an electric bike, and it also comes with a number of other smart features as well, allowing for seamless integration with a cellphone or computer.
snowy owl
Record Numbers Of Arctic Snowy Owls Could Travel South This Winter
Dec 07, 2013 14:57 PM E
The Arctic snowy owls could be traveling as far south as the U.S. this winter in order to find an abundance of food.
A carribean reef shark
Sharks Can Detect The Range Of Your Peripheral Vision, Enabling Them To Attack From Behind
Dec 06, 2013 16:28 PM E
Though they don't understand exactly how, scientists now know that sharks can detect the range of their prey's peripheral vision, enabling them to attack, undetected, from behind.
Canary rockfish
Fish Are So Sensitive: California Rockfish Developing Anxiety Over Increasing Acidification Of Oceans
Dec 06, 2013 15:54 PM E
The change in pH levels in the ocean may be causing emotional distress for certain species of fish. A new study showed that juvenile rockfish are developing anxiety over increasing acidification of ocean water.
cellphone sim card slot
Precious Metals In Your Cell Phone: Is Our Tech Obsession Leading to a Materials Shortage?
Dec 06, 2013 13:50 PM E
A modern computer chip uses over 60 different elements, some of which are rapidly being used up. Even more frightening is that a new study shows that there are no effective replacements for these precious metals in your cell phone.
Iguana on a beach
Iguanas Face Severe Health Challenges — Because Tourists Are Feeding Them Too Much
Dec 06, 2013 09:33 AM E
Bahamanian rock iguanas are at risk for serious health issues and large scale population problems because overzealous tourists are feeding them too much meat and other unhealthy foods.
tsunami
Japanese Tsunami In 2011 Caused By Slippery Clay And Thin Tectonic Plates On The Ocean Seafloor
Dec 05, 2013 14:43 PM E
An international team of scientists has concluded that an unusually thin and slippery geological fault where the North American plate rides over the edge of the Pacific plate caused a massive displacement of the seafloor off the coast of Japan in March 2011, touching off the devastating tsunami that struck the Tohoku region.
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