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December 20 2014

No more foamy beer, thanks to magnets


Few sights at a bar are more deflating than a bottle of beer overflowing with foam. This overfoaming, called gushing, arises when fungi infect the barley grains in beer’s malt base. The microorganisms latch onto barley with surface proteins called hydrophobins.


Alt: How magnets stop beer overflowing: Magnetic field reduces foam - and could make brews cheaper and less bitter too

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December 20 2014

Shrinking ship bubbles ‘could counteract climate change’


Getting ships to generate smaller bubbles as they sail across the oceans could counteract the impact of climate change, a study suggests.

Scientists from University of Leeds, UK, say this would create a brighter wake behind a vessel and reflect more sunlight back into space.


Related: Arctic still heating up twice as fast as rest of planet

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December 20 2014

Seabirds 'steer clear' of offshore wind farms


British Trust for Ornithology finds 99% of birds avoid wind turbines, easing fears over the impact of blades but caution still needed

Research by the British Trust for Ornithology and the University of the Highlands and Islands in Scotland, published this week, found most gannets would avoid even entering a wind farm area, while gulls do enter the area but then avoid flying near the spinning blades.

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December 20 2014

Brown bears, wolves and lynx numbers rising in Europe


The forests – and suburbs – of Europe are echoing with the growls, howls and silent padding of large predators according to a new study which shows that brown bears, wolves and lynx are thriving on a crowded continent.


Related: Giraffe Population Drops 40 Percent in 15 Years
Related: British bats 'showing signs of recovery'

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December 20 2014

Multitalented giant clams keep corals reefs healthy


It's time they came out of their shells. It seems the world's largest molluscs, the giant clams of the Indo-Pacific coral reefs, have been doing a huge amount of good work we knew little about.

These sea creatures turn out to be multitasking ecosystem engineers. They are reef builders and shapers, food factories, shelters, reservoirs of algae, and water filters, all rolled in one.

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December 20 2014

Fish Converts Oyster Shell Into Speaker, Blasts Noise


A clever fish has figured out that if it produces sounds in an oyster shell, the noises will carry over long distances, according to new research.

The study, published in The Journal of Experimental Biology, is just the latest to show that fish are far from being silent. Many can produce sounds by vibrating their swimbladders and, like a fishy form of Morse Code, they can create different meanings based on the sounds.

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December 20 2014

Amazonian Chick Mimics a Poisonous Caterpillar


An Amazonian chick has evolved a crafty way to keep from being eaten: pretend you're a poisonous caterpillar by looking and moving just like one.

In a paper published recently in the journal American Naturalist, scientists report finding, in 2012 observations, an example of mimicry in birds so effective it went unnoticed until now.

The chick in question is the cinereous mourner (Laniocera hypopyrra).

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December 19 2014

How ‘mom’ plants teach seeds when to grow


Scientists have discovered how “mother” plants use their memory of the seasons to teach their seeds the best time to germinate.

A new study, using Arabidopsis thaliana as a model plant, shows the mother plant senses temperature and forms a long-term temperature memory. These memories then help progeny seeds figure out what time of year it is and modify their germination rates to ensure their growth and development is coordinated with the seasons.

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December 19 2014

Wolves discriminate quantities better than dogs


Being able to mentally consider quantities makes sense for any social species. This skill is important during the search for food, for example, or to determine whether an opponent group outnumbers one's own. Scientists from the Messerli Research Institute at the Vetmeduni Vienna studied how well dogs can discriminate between different quantities and discovered that wolves perform better than dogs at such tasks. Possibly dogs lost this skill, or a predisposition for it, during domestication.

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December 19 2014

Serious Monkey Business: Linguistic Methods Uncover Sophisticated Meanings and Monkey Dialects


The same species of monkeys located in separate geographic regions use their alarm calls differently to warn of approaching predators, a linguistic analysis by a team of scientists reveals. The study, which appears in the journal Linguistics and Philosophy, reveals that monkey calls have a more sophisticated structure than was commonly thought.

“Our findings show that Campbell’s monkeys have a distinction between roots and suffixes, and that their combination allows the monkeys to describe both the nature of a threat and its degree of danger”.

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December 19 2014

Crows join human, apes and monkeys in exhibiting advanced relational thinking


Crows have long been heralded for their high intelligence - they can remember faces, use tools and communicate in sophisticated ways.

But a newly published study finds crows also have the brain power to solve higher-order, relational-matching tasks, and they can do so spontaneously. That means crows join humans, apes and monkeys in exhibiting advanced relational thinking, according to the research.

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December 19 2014

Birds detect approaching storm from 900km away


A group of songbirds may have avoided a devastating storm by fleeing their US breeding grounds after detecting telltale infrasound waves.

Researchers noticed the behaviour after analysing trackers attached to the birds to study their migration patterns. They believe it is the first documented case of birds making detours to avoid destructive weather systems on the basis of infrasound.


Alt: Birds 'heard tornadoes coming' and fled one day ahead

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December 19 2014

Gamma-ray bursts 'common in storms'


Scientists have shed light on a mysterious phenomenon that occurs in thunderstorms.

They have discovered that gamma-ray bursts - the most powerful explosions of energy in the Universe - are far more common on Earth than was thought.

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December 19 2014

Space plane that could carry people anywhere in four hours another step towards completion


A plane that could one day fly anywhere in the world in four hours, and carry spaceships out of the atmosphere without using rockets, is another step towards being built after it received approval from the European Space Agency (ESA).

The ESA acted as an independent auditor for Reaction Engines’ Sabre technology, which works like a jet engine in the atmosphere and a rocket in space and could transform air travel.

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December 19 2014

These Dreamers Are Actually Making Progress Building Elon’s Hyperloop


When Elon Musk unveiled his idea for the Hyperloop in August of 2013, no one seemed sure what the next step would be. The Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO dropped a 57-page alpha white paper on us, noting he didn’t really have the time to build a revolutionary transit system that would shoot pods full of people around the country in above-ground tubes at 800 mph.

Fortunately for futurists and people who enjoy picking apart complicated plans, an El Segundo, California-based startup has taken Musk up on his challenge to develop and build the Hyperloop.


Alt: Hyperloop Reality Check: Elon Musk's High-Speed Scheme Is Alive And Kicking

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December 19 2014

Navy Deploys Robot Sharks. Yes, Really


Automatonophobia is the technical term for fear of robots. Fear of sharks is selachophobia. Psychiatrists will have to come up with a new term now that the U.S. Navy has deployed, yes, robot sharks.

The Navy's GhostSwimmer unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) -- a five-foot-long, 100-pound robotic shark -- has completed testing and will now join the fleet, according to naval researchers.

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December 19 2014

Giant robotic insect takes its first steps


A robot that looks like a giant insect is taking its first steps, advancing cautiously on its crutch-like limbs. The six-legged bot, known as Hector, can move each of its legs independently, which allows it to tackle a wider range of surfaces than other similar-bodied robots that typically walk by moving three legs at a time.

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