Owl-like dinosaurs had remarkably good hearing and night vision

By Cameron Duke Fossilised Shuvuuia deserti skeleton Mick Ellison-AMNH A tiny bird-like dinosaur with long legs and muscular, clawed arms was quite the night owl. Shuvuuia deserti lived around 75 to 81 million years ago and not only had remarkable hearing, but also well-honed night vision – much better than that of other dinosaurs and… Continue reading Owl-like dinosaurs had remarkably good hearing and night vision

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American Heart Association: COVID-19 Vaccine Benefits Still Outweigh Risks

COVID-19 Vaccination Record. Credit: Copyright American Heart Association 2021 Statement from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association: COVID-19 vaccine benefits still outweigh risks, despite possible rare heart complications. Late last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alerted health care professionals that they are monitoring the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS)… Continue reading American Heart Association: COVID-19 Vaccine Benefits Still Outweigh Risks

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How a space doctor keeps astronauts healthy on the ISS

European Space Agency flight surgeon Adrianos Golemis, in Cape Canaveral, Florida From muscle loss to radiation exposure and the psychological effects of confinement, spaceflight takes a toll on those lucky enough to experience it. European Space Agency flight surgeon Adrianos Golemis, who is responsible for the health of astronaut Thomas Pesquet during the SpaceX Crew-2… Continue reading How a space doctor keeps astronauts healthy on the ISS

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Oceanographers Find “Heat Bombs” Destroying Arctic Sea Ice

SODA researchers gather on deck of R/V Sikuliaq. Credit: Jim Thomson A team led by physical oceanographers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego shows in a new study how plumes of warm water are flowing into the Arctic Ocean from the Pacific Ocean and accelerating sea ice melt from… Continue reading Oceanographers Find “Heat Bombs” Destroying Arctic Sea Ice

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Pioneering Pollinator Research Reveals Genetic Clues to Darwin’s “Abominable Mystery”

Carolina hawkmoth (Manduca sexta) feeding from white Mimulus mutant in flight chamber. Credit: Byers and Bradshaw, 2021 Research into the flower preferences of pollinating moths may have delivered a vital clue to the simple factors needed for the emergence of new species. Strong coevolutionary relationships between plants and animal pollinators have long been recognized as… Continue reading Pioneering Pollinator Research Reveals Genetic Clues to Darwin’s “Abominable Mystery”

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A Hollywood parody award show honored Rudy Giuliani with two Razzies for his inappropriate appearance in the second Borat movie

The Razzies, Hollywood’s parody award show that honors the worst content created in the last year, has presented Rudy Giuliani with two awards.  Giuliani won the Worst Screen Combo Award for his role in “Borat: Subsequent Movie Film.” “For scariest screen pairing of any two people, costumes, or things. Our Worst Screen Combo Award,” the… Continue reading A Hollywood parody award show honored Rudy Giuliani with two Razzies for his inappropriate appearance in the second Borat movie

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Going to space for long periods shrinks people's hearts, even if they exercise in orbit, study finds

The human heart shrinks while in space, and exercise couldn’t stop the effect, according to a study that analyzed an astronaut who spent almost a year in orbit. Captain Scott Kelly of NASA spent 340 days on the International Space Station in 2015 and 2016 to test the effects on the human body of long… Continue reading Going to space for long periods shrinks people's hearts, even if they exercise in orbit, study finds

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Epic exposes Apple's efforts to persuade Netflix to keep in-app subscriptions

In brief: Epic Games presented documents in its lawsuit against Apple showing that the Cupertino tech giant went to great lengths to prevent Netflix from dropping in-app payment (IAP) subscriptions from its iOS app. Efforts included special favors and the consideration of punitive measures. Epic hopes to portray Apple as “anything goes” when it comes… Continue reading Epic exposes Apple's efforts to persuade Netflix to keep in-app subscriptions

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The Falcon and The Winter Soldier: Episode 1 Highlights Digital Trends

Marvel’s The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is finally available on the Disney+ streaming service, and the first episode of the series delivered plenty of updates on the current state of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, along with a tease of things to come for its titular duo. The series features Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan… Continue reading The Falcon and The Winter Soldier: Episode 1 Highlights Digital Trends

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Surprisingly High Levels of Toxic Mercury Discovered in Greenland Glacial Meltwaters

New research from Florida State University shows that concentrations of the toxic element mercury in rivers and fjords connected to the Greenland Ice Sheet are comparable to rivers in industrial China. Credit: Photo courtesy of Jade Hatton/University of Bristol New research from Florida State University shows that concentrations of the toxic element mercury in rivers… Continue reading Surprisingly High Levels of Toxic Mercury Discovered in Greenland Glacial Meltwaters

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