Articles by Ben Wolford

Elephants
Elephants Can Tell Human Age, Gender, And Ethnicity Just By Listening To Their Voices
Mar 11, 2014 09:10 AM E
We knew elephants were smart; we didn't know they were this smart. In a study of the animals' defensive mechanisms, scientists found that elephants can discern language, gender, and age differences when humans speak.
Air Pollution
Who's Polluting The Atmosphere? Scientists Discover 4 New Possibly Illegal CFCs In Greenland And Tasmania
Mar 10, 2014 12:39 PM E
Scientists were alarmed to discover four new, possibly illegal, CFCs in the atmosphere. Though the amounts were relatively small, they kicked off an investigation as to their source.
James Webb Space Telescope
Finding Aliens: Atmosphere Data Could Help Identify Faraway Planets Like Earth [VIDEO]
Mar 08, 2014 15:20 PM E
The James Webb Space Telescope, set for launch in 2018, will immensely expand NASA's capabilities. One of them will be in the search for extra-terrestrial life by measuring the pressure and oxygen content of alien planets.
SpaceIL Rocket
This Israeli Spaceship Resembles A Water Heater, But Scientists Plan To Blast It To The Moon
Mar 07, 2014 16:27 PM E
The contest is heating up for Google's moon race, Lunar XPRIZE, for $20 million. An Israeli team's spaceship entry is turning heads because it's the size of a dishwasher.
Asteroid Breakup
The Asteroid Breakup: Disintegration Right Before Astronomers' Eyes, For The First Time Ever
Mar 06, 2014 11:08 AM E
Astronomers watched over several months as an asteroid inexplicably disintegrated after more than 4 billion years intact.
Butterflies
How Do Butterflies Mimic The Wings Of Toxic Species? Biologists Discover The Supergene
Mar 05, 2014 13:18 PM E
Some nontoxic butterflies have the ability to mimic the wing patterns of toxic species to deter predators. But until now, scientists didn't know which gene or genes caused the mimicry.
Solar Panels
Earth's Own 'Body Heat' Could Be The Next Renewable Resource
Mar 04, 2014 11:34 AM E
Scientists at Harvard have proposed a new kind of renewable energy, similar to collecting the sun's heat and radiation. Except in this case, they're capturing the Earth's.
Black Hole
Gastronomical Science: Professional Eaters Hoping To Watch A Black Hole Consuming A Gas Cloud [VIDEO]
Mar 03, 2014 14:50 PM E
The organization that runs Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest has actually requested time at the Keck Observatory in Hawaii. Their bid to identify new "intake methods" was rejected.
Ants
Why It's Unsurprising That Ants Use Their Babies As Life Preservers During Floods
Mar 02, 2014 12:53 PM E
During floods, ants turn their bodies into life rafts to preserve their nests. In an experiment to learn more about the structure of the rafts, biologists discovered the ants prefer to use their babies as the bottom, submerged layer. It may be cruel, but it's not surprising.
Bering Strait
The Bering Land Bridge Wasn't Just A Highway To Americas; People Lived There For Millennia
Feb 28, 2014 14:27 PM E
A new argument from anthropologists at the University of Utah theorizes that people many have taken a long layover on the Bering Land Bridge en route to North America 15,000 years ago.
Rain in California
Extreme Weather: California Finally Gets Rain, And Northeast Doomed Next Week For 'Long-Duration Snow Event'
Feb 28, 2014 12:58 PM E
Los Angeles is getting pummeled with rain (too much, too late), and the Northeast is about to get blanketed with more snow. The extreme weather may have something to do with warmer water in the Pacific Ocean last year.
HEXI
'HEXI,' Responsive Wall, Is What Happens When Technology Meets Art [VIDEO]
Feb 28, 2014 11:27 AM E
An artist in Canada has recently constructed a responsive wall called HEXI. Art plus motion-sensor cameras equals this really neat toy.
cow
How To Make A Cow Smarter: Give It A Buddy, Study Finds
Feb 26, 2014 17:19 PM E
Can a buddy system help grow cows' brains? A new study looking at social isolation says lonely calves are much duller than calves that have been raised in groups.
Kepler-69c
Kepler Spacecraft Reveals 715 Unknown Exoplanets, Nearly Double Known To Humanity
Feb 26, 2014 17:17 PM E
NASA has unveiled a trove of hundreds of verified exoplanets, nearly doubling the number previously known to humanity. Among them, a handful were discovered to be similar to the Earth in size and distance from their stars.
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