Articles by Ajit Jha

Fruit fly on an orange.
Fruit Flies Are Picky About Where They Lay Their Eggs, Choosing Citrus Fruits Over Other Spots
Dec 05, 2013 12:44 PM E
On your kitchen counter, it might seem as though fruit flies will show up for just about any type of fruit you leave around for them. But when given a choice about where to lay their eggs, those flies will go for citrus most of the time, new work shows.
Lemon Sharks at Tiger Beach, Bahamas
Mother Sharks Return 'Home' To Give Birth: DNA Evidence Proves Lemon Sharks 'Remember' Their Birthplace
Dec 05, 2013 09:25 AM E
A 15 year study proves what marine biologists have long suspected: sharks remember their birthplace, and return to it years later when it's their time to give birth, much like sea turtles and salmon.
Valley guys
Guys Are Talking Like Valley Girls These Days, Too: “Uptalk" Expanding To Other Demographic Group
Dec 04, 2013 15:00 PM E
Valley girl speech, AKA uptalk, is marked by a rise in pitch at the ends of sentences, and is usually connected to teenage girls. But now linguists are arguing that uptalk is infectious, and is expanding to other demographic groups, including males.
Homo heidelbergensis
400,000 Year-Old Human DNA Sequenced: New Technique Enables Researchers To Map Out Oldest Hominin Genes Ever
Dec 04, 2013 13:44 PM E
Using a novel technique, scientists were able to sequence DNA found in a bone sample at Sima de los Huesos in Spain. It turned out to belong to a 400,000 year old human ancestor.
Lost Japanese Sub from World War II
Lost Japanese World War II Mega-Sub Found Off Oahu Coast; Largest Marine Vessel Ever Built At The Time
Dec 04, 2013 09:47 AM E
A recently recovered Japanese World War II mega-sub, the I-400, was sunk in 1945, and was left hidden underwater because the U.S. did not want its advanced technology to fall into the hands of the Soviets.
Humpback whale breaching in "Marino Ballena National Park", Costa Rica
North Pacific Humpback Whales Can Be Grouped Into 5 Distinct Populations, According To New Genetic Study
Dec 04, 2013 09:14 AM E
The results of the first major genetic study of North Pacific humpback whales argues that the animals can be grouped into five distinct populations, each with their own migratory patterns and breeding grounds.
A 3-D Metal Printer That Can Manufacture Tools In The Garage
Low-Cost, Open-Source 3-D Metal Printer Could Bring Revolutionary Technology To Millions
Dec 03, 2013 10:50 AM E
Michigan Tech researchers built a functional 3-D metal printer using parts costing only $1500. They made their plans open source, meaning anyone with a shop and $1500 can build one at home.
Riparo Bombrini excavation site.
Neanderthals Shared Modern Man’s Ability — And Desire — To Organize Their Living Spaces
Dec 03, 2013 10:16 AM E
Neanderthals weren't that much different than modern man. Like us, Neanderthals liked to keep their living spaces organized for ease of use, clarity of mind, and safety.
Koala Bear
New Vocal Organ Discovered In Koalas Explains The Tiny Animals’ Elephant-Like Mating Call
Dec 03, 2013 09:32 AM E
Male koalas are diminutive in size, but give off extremely low pitched mating calls — a sound about 20 times lower than it should be. Scientists have discovered a new vocal organ that explains the incongruity.
greenland ice sheet
Subglacial Lakes Found Beneath Greenland's Ice Sheet Will Help With Investigations In Global Sea Level Change
Dec 01, 2013 12:38 PM E
The two subglacial lakes beneath the Greenland ice sheet are the first to be found in Greenland, and could help scientists understand sea level change better.
Dinodontosaurus
240 Million-Year-Old Giant Prehistoric Toilet May Give Us A Glimpse Into The Earliest Ecosystem
Nov 30, 2013 21:38 PM E
A defecation site from 240 million years ago, frequented by a rhino-like dinosaur, could offer a glimpse into a prehistoric ecosystem.
New Safe Confinement
Building Chernobyl Disaster's New Safe Confinement 'Unprecedented in History Of Engineering' [VIDEO]
Nov 30, 2013 12:45 PM E
In order to contain the radiation at Chernobyl, a new arch, called the New Safe Confinement is being built, and it's slated to be one of engineerings biggest feats ever.
Windshield Wipers in the Rain
How To Measure Rainfall Accurately: Scientists Tag GPS Enabled Moving Cars To Increase Measurement Points
Nov 29, 2013 15:57 PM E
Scientists have determined that tracking windshield wiper use in GPS-enabled cars may be the most accurate way to figure out rainfall.
Caenorhabditis elegans
Why Does The Mere Presence Of Males Shorten The Lives Of Females In Some Animal Species?
Nov 29, 2013 13:39 PM E
New research uncovers why the presence of male roundworms is enough to cut the lifespan of females by over 20 percent — and it has nothing to do with sex.
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