Articles by Gabrielle Jonas

This Cockroach is a Youngster
Cockroaches Originated In North America, Not Europe; Proof Comes From Amateur Fossil Find
Jan 06, 2014 08:56 AM E
An amateur fossil collector, David Kohl, found a specimen that has upended a long standing belief about cockroaches: it turns out the insects originated in the North America, and not Europe, as was previously thought.
A newly-discovered wasp that plays a significant role in the abundance of Aphids
Entomologists Discover Seven New Wasps — But They're All Real Pests
Jan 04, 2014 09:25 AM E
Seven newly-identified wasps in the Charipinae family have been around a long time making life harder for humans. We just didn't know it.
This Guy Doesn't Stand a Chance
Perfect Online Dating Profile: For Your Photo, Go Full Body Or Go Home
Jan 03, 2014 10:17 AM E
The perfect online dating profile is short and the photo to go with it should be shot indoors — if you are a woman. If you are a man, take the photo outside.
El Nino Has Dramatically Slowed The Melting Of A Major Antarctic Glacier
El Niño Helped Slow Global Warming: Pine Island Glacier In The Antarctic Melted Half As Slowly In 2012 As It Did In 2010
Jan 02, 2014 16:42 PM E
La Nina, the Yin to El Nino's Yang, helped cut the melting rate of one Antarctic glaciers (the Pine Island Glacier) by half.
Crop Circle in California
Braille Crop Circle Mowed Down By Annoyed Farmer In Silicon Valley: Design Was Braille For The Number 192, Found In IP Addresses
Jan 02, 2014 12:25 PM E
Farmers mowed down a 1.5 acre braille crop circle that skilled pranksters pressed into their barley field earlier this week, saying that the interest the crop circle generated caused too much disruption.
Beyonce's Song Includes the Sound of the Explosion That Killed This Astronaut
Beyonce "Trivialized" Challenger Tragedy That Killed 7, Says Widow And NASA
Dec 31, 2013 13:53 PM E
Beyonce's inclusion of the sound effect of the Challenger exploding has offended the widow of the space shuttle's commander, as well as NASA, and rightly so.
Silkhenge Spider Spins Complex Web To Protect Single Egg
Silkhenge Spider Species Lays A Single Egg, Then Protects It With A Picket Fence And Spire [VIDEO]
Dec 30, 2013 17:17 PM E
When a golden spider baby emerged from the strange white spire on a tree in the Amazonian Rain Forest, entomologists knew they had found the answer to the six-month old mystery of "silkhenge."
The Female Flower of the Amborella Holds Secrets About All the World's Flowers
Exotic Amborella Flower Yields Secrets About Origins Of Blossoms On Earth, And Answers Questions That Vexed Darwin
Dec 20, 2013 14:56 PM E
Genetic mapping of the exotic Amborella, a tree found only in New Caledonia, has confirmed a theory about how flowers got their start on Earth millions of years ago — answering a question that vexed Charles Darwin, and holding promises for improvements in crop production.
A zebra can confound a dangerous predator and an annoying insect simultaneously.
Zebras May 'Dazzle' Predators and Insects With Two Optical Illusions At Once
Dec 19, 2013 17:05 PM E
Zebras may be employing the barber-pole illusion and the wagon-wheel effect simultaneously, as part of their "motion camouflage" arsenal.
Dishes Made from Cellulose are Impervious to Water and Dirt
Self-Cleaning Plate Made Of Cellulose Could Make Dishwashers Obsolete
Dec 19, 2013 15:10 PM E
Two Swedish companies collaborated on a project to make dishes out of plant matter. The resulting celluloid cup and plate reject dirt and so never need to be washed.
Facepalm
The 9 Most Pointless Scientific Studies of 2013, Plus Some That Were Just Plain Wrong
Dec 18, 2013 14:44 PM E
From a study that proved that students were bored in class, to one that showed that coffee-drinking was associated with a lower suicide rate, research ran the gamut of idiocy this past year.
Eye closeup
3-D Eye Cells Printed For The First Time; Continue To Thrive After Printing
Dec 17, 2013 21:19 PM E
Cambridge researchers have successfully printed out retinal ganglion cells, which transmit information from the eye to the brain, and glial cells, which support and protect neurons. Those cells, which came from the retinas of adult rat cells, retained their ability to survive and grow in culture.
The time has come," the Walrus said, "To talk of many things:
Marine Biologist Who Killed 'Oldest Living Creature On Earth' Sets Story Straight: Ming's Brethren Routinely Become Chowder Anyway
Dec 09, 2013 09:26 AM E
The marine biologist who pried open Ming tells his side of the story.
bedbug
Killing A Bed Bug Requires 80 Hours Of Freezing Temperatures
Dec 08, 2013 11:50 AM E
It's not enough to just freeze bed bugs to kill them: They have to be frozen at extra-icy temperatures, and for days before they become sufficiently dead.
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