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Our Disappearing Birds

By Richard Pavek on August 15, 2014
Our Disappearing Birds

Land animals are not the only ones being affected by the loss of habitat and climate change. The issues are taking their toll on birds too. Experts estimate that since the 1500's, over 190 bird species have become extinct. Of these, at least 12 were endemic to North America.

Can Giant Walls Deter The Formation Of Destructive Tornadoes?

By Allegra Staples on August 12, 2014
Can Giant Walls Deter The Formation Of Destructive Tornadoes?

Tornados in the Midwestern and Southern United States have always been a troubling yet fascinating phenomenon - just think of Dorothy's whirlwind adventure in the Wizard of Oz! Occurring predominantly in the area east of the Rocky Mountains dubbed 'Tornado Alley', they form during severe thunderstorms called supercells that occur when cold dry polar air comes in contact with warm moist tropical air.

Mystery Lake In Tunisian Desert Causes Both Joy And Concern

By Meera Dolasia on August 10, 2014
Mystery Lake In Tunisian Desert Causes Both Joy And Concern

In early July, shepherds walking across the Tunisian desert, stumbled upon an unusual sight - a beautiful blue lake that had mysteriously appeared in the midst of the parched land. While nobody knows for sure how the 60-foot deep stretch of water that spans over two acres was formed, there are a few theories.

Annual Perseid Meteor Showers Face Tough Competition From 'Super' Supermoon

By Meera Dolasia on August 8, 2014
Annual Perseid Meteor Showers Face Tough Competition From 'Super' Supermoon

Each year around this time, stargazers anxiously await nature's finest fireworks show - the Perseid meteors. The 'fireball' champions of all annual meteor showers have already been streaming through our skies at the rate of about a dozen an hour, for the last few weeks. However, things will really heat up from early August 11th to the 13th, when between ninety to a hundred meteors will come zooming across the skies, making them easy to spot, even with the naked eye.

Cool Illusion Tricks Your Ears

By Meera Dolasia on August 5, 2014
Cool Illusion Tricks Your Ears

While illusions that trick the eyes are pretty common, ones that fool human ears are relatively rare. That is the reason this experiment conjured up by the scientists at Philadelphia's Franklin Institute for their new exhibit 'Your Brain', is so intriguing.

Clever Koalas Hug Trees To Beat The Heat

By Allegra Staples on August 4, 2014
Clever Koalas Hug Trees To Beat The Heat

Mention koalas and the image that comes to mind is that of a cuddly animal snoozing, whilst clinging on to a tree trunk for dear life - and rightfully so, given that the animals sleep for up to 20 hours a day! However, while the fact that their sedentary lifestyle is caused by their unusually small brains and the limited nutritional content of the eucalyptus leaves they consume is well-known, what was never questioned was their penchant for tree trunks. Turns out that the smart koalas have figured out that staying close to trees is the best way to beat the heat, during the hot Australian summers.

Japanese Scientist Builds Robots That Look Eerily Human

By Meera Dolasia on July 21, 2014
Japanese Scientist Builds Robots That Look Eerily Human

The fact that the Japanese love robots is well-known. The nation of 127 million people currently employs over a quarter million robots workers, more than any other country in the world, and the number is expected to quadruple in the next 15 years. So far, most of the robots have been built for the industrial sector and therefore bear no resemblance to humans. But if some scientists have their way, the days of androids - robots that look and act like humans, are not too far away.

Get Ready To Celebrate Summer Solstice AKA The Longest Day Of The Year

By Meera Dolasia on June 20, 2014
Get Ready To Celebrate Summer Solstice AKA The Longest Day Of The Year

For people that live in the Northern Hemisphere, Saturday, June 21st, will appear to be one of those glorious days when the sun has forgotten to set and depending on where they live, that may actually be true. That's because tomorrow is not just the first day of summer, but also, the longest day of the year.

Moscow's 'Ball Of Robots' Exhibition Is Like No Other

By Meera Dolasia on June 9, 2014
Moscow's 'Ball Of Robots' Exhibition Is Like No Other

From May 15th to June 15th, Muscovites seeking entertainment have a unique option - vocal, dance and even stand up comic performances by some of the world's most advanced robots. Called 'Ball of Robots', the month-long event at the city's Artplay Center features over 20 skilled robot entertainers from countries all around the world, including Canada, United States, Japan, France and New Zealand.

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