Human’s Newfound Relative: The Ikaria Wariootia

For 15 years, scientists agreed that fossilized burrows found in 555 million-year-old Ediacaran Period deposits in Nilpena, South Australia, were made by bilaterians

Breeding Causes Changes in the Anatomy of a Dog’s Brain

Dating back thousands of years, humans have bred dogs for their temperaments, personality traits, and physical characteristics. If someone wanted to develop a strong hunting dog, they might breed two hunting dogs, expecting a puppy skilled at hunting as a result.  Due to selective breeding over many years, there are more than 400 types of...

Why People Enjoy Coffee

A major sign of the winter season approaching is when Starbucks changes their traditional cup to a holiday-themed one and introduces special winter flavors. Whether that be the red reusable cup or ones that mimic the appearance of presents, people flock to this corporation to order the Peppermint Mocha or Eggnog Latte. Yet picture this:...

Association with Sleep Habits and Death

What are your sleep habits? Do you wish every day was a faculty collaboration day, preferring to stay up late and sleep in; or would you rather go to bed early and do homework in the morning when your mind is fresh? Being a morning or a night person may seem to be simply about personal preference, but...

Soccer Heading Found to Be More Dangerous for Female Players

According to the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), a 2014 survey reported that there are more than 30 million female soccer players around the world. However, new research has found that women who play soccer may face “more extensive changes to brain tissue after repetitive ‘heading’ of the soccer ball” than men. Heading a...

Sheep Recognize Human Faces

Recent studies conducted by researchers at the University of Cambridge show that sheep can detect familiar human faces, along with identifying individuals from their flocks and other species. Procedure The scientists trained the sheep using pictures of Emma Watson, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Baa-rack Obama. Each day, the sheep were led into a pen containing two...

Intelligent Machines Can Learn to Evolve

The living brain is nature’s greatest masterpiece. The ability that it gives us to remember and utilize certain pieces of information involves complicated and unique processes we take advantage of every second of our lives. Now look at the computer. We generally think of computers as concrete stores of information, that process that information in concrete...

New Stem Cell Procedure can Treat Paralysis

Have you ever witnessed a healing miracle? Well, in a recent study, scientists used engineered tissue containing human stem cells (among other substances) to slightly heal the spines of paralyzed mice with spinal injuries, and enable them to walk again and regain sensory perception. This is monumental, because recovering substantially after spinal injuries is unheard...

Can Science Produce a Longer Lasting Christmas Tree?

Has Science Found a Way to Produce a Longer Lasting Christmas Tree? The holiday season is upon us, and for many families, that means it is also time to select a Christmas tree. And if you’re like more than 80 percent of Americans who celebrate Christmas, you’ll be taking a trip to the store and...

Does Thanksgiving Turkey Really Make you Sleepy?

Thanksgiving is a holiday surrounded by tradition, whether it be cooking all day, playing a game of flag football, or enjoying an annual post-dinner nap. Most people attribute the drowsiness they feel after a large Thanksgiving meal to the turkey, but many scientists disagree. While there are many aspects of a Thanksgiving dinner that may...