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Rarely heard narwhal vocalizations

  • May 28, 2020
  • The Ednology Team

With the help of Inuit hunters, geophysicists recently recorded the various calls, buzzes, clicks and whistles of narwhals as they summered in a Greenland fjord. The recordings help scientists better understand the soundscape of Arctic glacial fjords and provide valuable insight into the behavior of these shy and mysterious creatures, according to the researchersRead More

Migration patterns reveal an 'Eden' for ancient humans and animals

  • May 27, 2020
  • The Ednology Team

Researchers have discovered a new migration pattern (or lack of) at Pinnacle Point, a now-submerged region in South Africa. While it was first believed large omnivores would travel to follow the growth of vegetation to survive, researchers came to a completely new conclusion through studying antelope teeth. They discovered that this region was an ‘Eden’ … Continue reading Migration patterns reveal an 'Eden' for ancient humans and animals

Tropical forests can handle the heat, up to a point

  • May 27, 2020
  • The Ednology Team

Tropical forests face an uncertain future under climate change, but new research suggests they can continue to store large amounts of carbon in a warmer world, if countries limit greenhouse gas emissionsRead More

Increased fertility for women with Neanderthal gene, study suggests

  • May 27, 2020
  • The Ednology Team

One in three women in Europe inherited the receptor for progesterone from Neanderthals — a gene variant associated with increased fertility, fewer bleedings during early pregnancy and fewer miscarriages, according to new researchRead More

Bumblebees speed up flowering

  • May 27, 2020
  • The Ednology Team

When pollen is in short supply, bumblebees damage plant leaves in a way that accelerates flower production, new research revealsRead More

Dinosaur-dooming asteroid struck Earth at 'deadliest possible' angle

  • May 27, 2020
  • The Ednology Team

New simulations have revealed the asteroid that doomed the dinosaurs struck Earth at the ‘deadliest possible’ angleRead More

Babies know when you imitate them — and like it

  • May 27, 2020
  • The Ednology Team

Six-month old infants recognize when adults imitate them, and perceive imitators as more friendly, according to a new study. The babies looked and smiled longer at an adult who imitated them, as opposed to when the adult responded in other ways. Babies also approached them more, and engaged in imitating gamesRead More

Astronomers discover new class of cosmic explosions

  • May 27, 2020
  • The Ednology Team

Analysis of two cosmic explosions indicates to astronomers that the pair, along with a puzzling blast from 2018, constitute a new type of event, with similarities to some supernovae and gamma-ray bursts, but also with significant differencesRead More

COVID-19 crisis causes 17 percent drop in global carbon emissions

  • May 26, 2020
  • The Ednology Team

The COVID-19 global lockdown has had an ‘extreme’ effect on daily carbon emissions, but it is unlikely to last, according to a new analysisRead More

Long-term data show hurricanes are getting stronger

  • May 20, 2020
  • The Ednology Team

In almost every region of the world where hurricanes form, their maximum sustained winds are getting stronger. That is according to a new study involving an analysis of nearly 40 years of hurricane satellite imageryRead More

Scientists find brain center that 'profoundly' shuts down pain

  • May 20, 2020
  • The Ednology Team

A research team has found a small area of the brain in mice that can profoundly control the animals’ sense of pain. Somewhat unexpectedly, this brain center turns pain off, not on. It’s located in an area where few people would have thought to look for an anti-pain center, the amygdala, which is often considered … Continue reading Scientists find brain center that 'profoundly' shuts down pain

New study estimates the odds of life and intelligence emerging beyond our planet

  • May 20, 2020
  • The Ednology Team

Despite knowing when life first appeared on Earth, scientists still do not understand how life occurred, which has important implications for the likelihood of finding life elsewhere in the universe. A new paper shows how an analysis using a statistical technique called Bayesian inference could shed light on how complex extraterrestrial life might evolve in … Continue reading New study estimates the odds of life and intelligence emerging beyond our planet

Reexamining the origins of human fatherhood

  • May 14, 2020
  • The Ednology Team

The origins of paternal care, a key differentiator between humans and other primates, have long been tied to ancestral females trading their own sexual fidelity for food provided by their mates. A new theory developed by economists and anthropologists states that ecological changes, beginning roughly 5-8 million years ago, placed a premium on partnerships — … Continue reading Reexamining the origins of human fatherhood

Our ability to focus may falter after eating one meal high in saturated fat

  • May 14, 2020
  • The Ednology Team

Fatty food may feel like a friend during these troubled times, but new research suggests that eating just one meal high in saturated fat can hinder our ability to concentrate — not great news for people whose diets have gone south while they’re working at home during the COVID-19 pandemicRead More

Potentially fatal combinations of humidity and heat are emerging across the globe

  • May 12, 2020
  • The Ednology Team

A new study has identified thousands of incidents of previously rare or unprecedented extreme heat/humidity combinations in parts of Asia, Africa, Australia, South America and North America, including in the U.S. Gulf Coast regionRead More

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