Articles by Josh Lieberman

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Not Only Can Plants Learn, But They Remember Things Weeks Later, Fern Study Suggests
Jan 17, 2014 18:14 PM E
The plant Mimosa pudica has shown signs of learning and remembering, a new study suggests. Researchers dropped water on the fern, which has a defense mechanism that causes its leaves to curl up when confronted with apparent danger. But the plants seemed to realize that the water was harmless, and remember it too: when researchers tested the plants ...
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Beijing Smog Is So Bad That The Only Way To See The Sunrise Is On Tiananmen Square TVs
Jan 17, 2014 14:45 PM E
The smog in Beijing is so bad this winter that the sunrise, completely obscured from sight, is being shown on LED screens in Tiananmen Square. PM 2.5 pollution levels hit as high as 671 yesterday morning, which is roughly 25 times as dangerous as what the World Health Organization considers safe. The mayor of Beijing has proposed a number of measures to reduce coal use and air pollution.
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Glow-In-The-Dark Plants: 'Starlight Avatar,' The World's First Bioluminescent Plant, Can Now Be Yours
Jan 16, 2014 17:52 PM E
The first glow-in-the-dark plant, Missouri company Bioglow's "Starlight Avatar," is being auctioned off. Twenty of the plants, which produced an dim ambient glow," are being released. The company splices luciferns into the plant to create the glow.
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Cameras Strapped To Alligators' Backs Reveal Their Deadly Hunting Habits [VIDEO]
Jan 16, 2014 15:46 PM E
Researchers strapped National Geographic Crittercams onto 15 American alligators to learn more about their hunting habits. Led by James Nifong of the University of Florida, the researchers found that alligators had a predatory success rate of about 50 percent, making them among the deadlist hunters.
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'Extinct' Shark Species Rediscovered: Researchers Find 47 Smoothtooth Blacktip Sharks In Middle Eastern Fish Markets
Jan 15, 2014 15:23 PM E
Scientists have uncovered 47 smoothtooth blacktip sharks--previously suspected of being extinct--at fish markets in Kuwait, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates in recent years. Before the rediscovery of the shark in 2008 at a Kuwait fish market, the only other specimen every identified was discovered in 1902.
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Elephant Flips Car In South Africa: Kruger Park Video Shows Car-Crushing Ordeal
Jan 14, 2014 18:24 PM E
Video has surfaced of an elephant flipping a car in Kruger National Park in South Africa. The December 30 incident led to only minor injuries from one of the car's passengers, with another passenger suffering a tusk wound in her leg. The car-flipping video was captured by a vehicle behind the one the elephant flattened.
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Female Capuchin Monkeys Flirt By Throwing Stones At Males
Jan 14, 2014 15:54 PM E
Female capuchin monkeys in Caatinga, Brazil, have been observed throwing stones at males they want to mate with. The behavior was uncovered during filming of the BBC Two documentary Wild Brazil. Camila Galheigo Coelho studies capuchins' sex lives, and says that the behavior is may be unique to the capuchin monkeys of Brazil's Serra da Capivara National Park.
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African Tigerfish Jump Into The Air To Catch Birds Mid-Flight [VIDEO]
Jan 10, 2014 17:21 PM E
An African tigerfish has been captured on video leaping out of the water and attacking a barn swallow. The tigerfish is the only animal to display the predation technique, which researchers observed about 300 times in 15 days. The findings were published in the Journal of Fish Biology.
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Conjoined Whales Wash Up In Mexico: 'Exceptionally Rare' Gray Whale Calves May Have Been Miscarried
Jan 08, 2014 18:20 PM E
A pair of conjoined gray whales washed up in a lagoon in Baja California, Mexico, over the weekend. The conjoined whales are thought to be the first such documented case. Gray whales migrate to Baja California's lagoons in winter to mate and breed.
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Incredible Hubble Telescope 'Frontier Fields' Photo Shows Deepest-Ever View Of Universe
Jan 07, 2014 19:08 PM E
The Hubble Telescope has captured an incredible image of Abell 2744, a galaxy cluster 3.5 billion light-years from earth. The photo is the first from the Hubble "Frontier Fields" program and is the deepest-ever view of the galaxy. Hubble will create five more Frontier Fields images over the next three years.
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Rare Binary Asteroid Discovered By University of Maryland Students (And They're Not Even Astronomy Majors)
Jan 07, 2014 17:33 PM E
A rare binary asteroid, 3905 Doppler, was discovered by University of Maryland undergraduate students. Fewer than 100 binary eclipsing asteroids are present in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. The students made the discovery while compiling a lightcurve of 3905 Doppler, which showed the asteroid going dark at one point--because it was being eclipsed by another asteroid.
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Earthquake Lights: Mysterious Glow That Signals Quakes Is Linked To Rift Zones
Jan 06, 2014 18:04 PM E
A new study finds that earthquake lights, a phenomenon in which mysterious lights appear before quakes, are more likely to occur along continental rifts. Earthquake lights have been observed for centuries, but until recently they weren't taken seriously by scientists. Electrical charges in rocks cause the lights to appear, which can shoot up into the sky or run along the ground.
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Polar Vortex 2014 Brings Rare, Widespread Arctic Freeze To Huge Swath Of US
Jan 06, 2014 15:59 PM E
The 2014 polar vortex has brought frigid temperatures to the U.S., with some of the lowest temperatures in 20 years. A polar vortex as large as the current one pushes south into the U.S. only once a decade or so. The frigid, below-zero temperatures should abate later this week.
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First Asteroid Of 2014 Hits Earth But Probably Burned Up Over Atlantic Ocean
Jan 03, 2014 16:27 PM E
The first asteroid of 2014 hit on either January 1 or January 2, probably burning up in the sky off the coast of West Africa. Asteroid 2014 AA is only the second asteroid to ever be spotted before it hit earth. The asteroid was between seven and ten feet, not nearly as large as the 60-foot Chelyabinsk Meteor that struck in February 2013.
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