Scientists in Turkey found 4,000-year-old brain tissue inside four Bronze Age skeletons. The brains were boiled in their own skulls, preserving them nearly intact until their discovery in 2006 and 2010.
Honeybees rely on their acute sense of smell to navigate the environment and locate flowers for pollen collection. But car exhaust in urban areas is screwing with the bees’ ability to recognize when food is near, according to a new study.
The Siberian tiger appears to be making a comeback in China, where just a few dozen remained in the wild after decades of being hunted. Rigorous conservation efforts there have doubled the tiger population in the country.
Jellyfish invaded a nuclear power plant in Sweden, clogging one of the reactor’s cooling pipes and forcing the operators to close it down. Scientists warn that clogs like this are becoming more common.
Asian giant hornets have killed 28 people in central China and are reportedly breeding in larger numbers this year. Experts say climate change may be responsible for the rise in the number of Asian giant hornets in central China. The hornet has also been spotted in the U.S.
Lake Natron, a saline lake in northern Tanzania, is a deadly body of water most wildlife assumes is better to avoid. But a number of birds, most notably the Lesser Flamingo, breed there, and when they die, their bodies become calcified in the lake’s salty waters.
Even in the midst of a government shutdown, NASA’s Cassini probe discovered polypropylene, the main ingredient in household plastic, on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. According to The BBC, this is the first time we’ve seen a plastic ingredient anywhere other than Earth.