Articles by Ben Wolford

Woolly Mammoth
Woolly Mammoth Poop Analysis May Solve Extinction Mystery; Beasts May Have Relied Too Much On Flowers In Their Diets
Feb 07, 2014 13:42 PM E
Scientists in Copenhagen believe they've discovered what killed off the woolly mammoth: a little protein-rich flower. They say it disappeared at roughly the same time the woolly mammoths did. Other scientists are skeptical.
Animal Pompeii
Like Pompeii, Chinese Dinosaurs Frozen In Death Positions At Famous Fossil Site
Feb 04, 2014 17:30 PM E
The death poses and ash found around dinosaur fossils in a famous Chinese dig site suggest the animals died the same way the people of Pompeii, Italy, did: a volcanic eruption followed by a storm of fiery soot.
Challenger Explosion
Challenger Disaster Home Video: New Footage Surfaces 28 Years After Man Filmed Shuttle Explosion From His Front Lawn
Jan 28, 2014 14:01 PM E
A new home video of the Challenger shuttle explosion 28 years ago today shows the disaster unfold from the quiet lawn of a Florida home.
Jade Rabbit
China's Moon Rover, 'Jade Rabbit,' Malfunctions; Mechanical Problems Could Derail Mission
Jan 28, 2014 09:05 AM E
Mechanical problems aboard the Jade Rabbit lunar rover threaten to foil one of China's most celebrated scientific achievements. The state news agency, which reported the news, was vague about details, but others have suggested the problem is with the vehicle's solar panels.
Surabaya Zoo
Indonesian Government Investigating 'Zoo Of Death' After African Lion Found Hanging In Surabaya Zoo Cage
Jan 27, 2014 16:39 PM E
Known as the "Zoo of Death," the Surabaya Zoo recently reported the hanging death of a young lion. The Indonesian government has handed over control of the country's largest zoo and commenced an investigation to determine why the animals die at an alarming rate.
Light Skin, Blue Eyes
7,000-Year-Old Bones Suggest Europeans Developed Light Skin Much Later Than Previously Thought
Jan 26, 2014 17:50 PM E
Light skin in Europe probably evolved because of changes in diet due to agriculture, not because of the lack of sunlight in northern latitudes, according to new research that examines 7,000-year-old human remains.
Fruit fly
Brother Fruit Flies Forgo Fighting, Cooperate With Each Other When Searching For A Mate
Jan 26, 2014 14:36 PM E
Researchers at Oxford University found that fruit fly brothers cooperate more than groups of unrelated males when seeking a mate. The result was longer lifespans for male and female fruit flies.
Dream Chaser
Dream Chaser 'Space Plane' Set For 2016 Test Launch; Could Put Astronauts Back In Space Before Boeing, SpaceX
Jan 25, 2014 13:09 PM E
A leading developer of privately-owned spacecrafts, which could soon replace the shuttle program, announced this week that it will test its Dream Chaser space plane on Nov. 1, 2016.
Black Hole
Why Stephen Hawking Says Black Holes As We Know Them Don't Exist
Jan 24, 2014 16:17 PM E
Stephen Hawking's solution to a black hole paradox tosses out everything that was once awesome about black holes: their ability to suck up matter and never let it out, including light. Under the new model, Hawking suggests that matter comes and goes from black holes more or less as it pleases.
Bat vs. Frog
How One Frog's Mating Call Could Land Him A Female, Or Attract Predators
Jan 24, 2014 13:00 PM E
You thought the bar scene was tough? For frogs, finding a date can be a matter of life and death, new research on túngara frogs has found.
Robot Whiskers
How Electronic Whiskers Will Help Robots 'See' Their Way Around The World
Jan 24, 2014 11:27 AM E
New electronic whiskers constructed at the Berkeley Lab at the University of California demonstrate that synthetic whiskers could one day help robots feel their way around a room or measure someone's pulse.
Murmuration
Murmuration: How Starlings Dance Across The Sky In Perfect Unison
Jan 23, 2014 17:07 PM E
A two-year-old video of a murmuration — a flock of starlings — is going viral, and now everyone is asking how the heck they learned to dance across the sky like a screensaver.
Dolphins Surfing
Dolphins Crash California Surfing Competition: The Latest In A String Of Odd Behavior That Included Recreational Drug Use
Jan 23, 2014 14:25 PM E
First dolphins got high on a pufferfish, then they swarmed the coast of Costa Rica by the thousands. On Sunday they revealed another pastime to cameras: dolphins like to surf.
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