“Right now I find myself lying awake at three in the morning wondering if everything I’ve ever done is wrong.” This was University of Kansas astronomer, Allison Kirkpatrick, describing to the journal Nature how new images from the James Webb Space Telescope have upset theories of galaxy evolution.[Read more…]
More than Enough!
How many legs does a millipede have? Well, its name suggests 1,000, but none had been known with more than 750 legs – until now.[Read more…]
A New Meaning of “Goliath”
When asked what the largest living organism is, people would likely suggest the African bush elephant (5 tons); blue whales (200 tons); or the giant sequoia tree (1,000 tons).[Read more…]
As of July, more than 100,000 people were on waiting lists for replacement organs, with 3,442 needing a new heart. Seventeen people on waiting lists die every day, for want of an organ to potentially save their lives. Is xenotransplantation – transferring animal organs to humans – the answer? Pigs are especially seen as potential donor animals because their hearts are anatomically similar to those of humans. A baboon was kept alive for two years with a pig heart. Likewise, researchers have transferred pig hearts to two brain-dead people to discover what reactions might occur.[Read more…]
Bad news for cat owners
In the U.S., 45.3 million households own cats. According to the American Bird Conservancy, domesticated cats kill 2.4 billion birds each year. Furthermore, a 2016 study by the National Academy of Sciences revealed that there have been sixty-three species extinctions attributable to domesticated cats.[Read more…]