Pruney Fingers: A Gripping Story
In this week’s special "Summer Science" edition of It’s Okay To Be Smart (which you have already watched, right?!), we took a quick look at why our fingers wrinkle up when we’ve been in the water for a while.
While scientists used to believe this odd occurrence was just our skin getting soggy, but that explanation doesn’t hold water. Besides, if that was the case, why does this only happen in our fingers?
Modern science has added a
A chunk of 20-million-year-old amber rediscovered from an old collection reveals a locust with remnants of wings that the insect has since lost. Continue reading →
The Great War helped create the influenza pandemic of 1918, which eventually brought an early end to the Great War.I had a little bird,Its name was Enza. I opened the window,And in-flu-enza. ~ Children's Skipping Rhyme, 1918 Like most rhymes that one learns as a child, I had no idea at the time what this one meant, nor did I ponder its possible meaning as I grew older. But one afternoon, this poem's significance became startlingly clear to me. As I sat in a large university lecture hall where
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In honour of the fact that I recently attended the Australian Mammal Society 2014 Conference, I thought it would be appropriate to continue my A-Z of Australian Megafauna series. We’ve reached the letter E (at this rate I’ll finish in 2042) and this time, we’re looking at a remarkable extinct kangaroo known as Ekaltadeta. Kangaroos are fascinating animals already, they have a remarkably efficient hopping method of locomotion, (they use their tail as a fifth leg) and females […]
The brain is a remarkable thing. Part of what's so remarkable about it is how it responds to and molds itself around experience. Alfred Wallace exempted humans from the march of evolution because we are able to do so many things that can't be attributed to natural selection: calculus, the invention of televisions and robots, smell tar and Twinkies, none of which are abilities that we specifically can thank natural selection for since they are all recent. We can do them because […]