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Thailand's Famous Macaque "Uncle Fat" Placed On A Diet!

By Sarah Benton Feitlinger on May 27, 2017
Thailand's Famous Macaque "Uncle Fat" Placed On A Diet!

Thailand’s free-roaming monkeys are a huge tourist draw. The primates, mostly macaques, are known to boldly visit with tourists who lure them with food. One of these monkeys, in particular, has recently become a worldwide sensation for both its gargantuan size and unique social status among his peers.

Can These Plastic-Eating Wax Worms Help Reduce Our Trash?

By Maitreyi Mantha on May 25, 2017
Can These Plastic-Eating Wax Worms Help Reduce Our Trash?

Though plastic shopping bags are incredibly cheap and useful, their disposal causes widespread pollution. That's because the non-biodegradable polyethylene takes centuries to decompose and is also detrimental to wildlife who often mistake the colorful debris for food. Now, we may have an unlikely ally to help clean up our trash – a small wax worm bred primarily for use as premium fish bait.

Mark Your Calendars For This Summer's "Great American Eclipse"

By Kim Bussing on May 18, 2017
Mark Your Calendars For This Summer's "Great American Eclipse"

As you are firming up your summer plans, you may want to pencil in the total solar eclipse on August 21. Dubbed the ‘Great American Eclipse,' it is not just the first total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous United States since February 26, 1979, but also the first that can be seen across the country, from the Pacific to the Atlantic, in almost a century. The last time the celestial phenomenon was experienced coast-to-coast was on June 8, 1918!

California-Based Perfect Day Makes Cow Milk Without The Cow!

By Sarah Benton Feitlinger on May 16, 2017
California-Based Perfect Day Makes Cow Milk Without The Cow!

Supermarket shelves are filled with plant-based milk alternatives, including soy, almond, and coconut milk, that cater to the lactose intolerant or those concerned about livestock welfare and environmental sustainability. While the milk-free options work well with cereal or in coffee, they fail miserably when it comes to making derivatives like cheese or yogurt. However, these shortcomings may soon be a thing of the past thanks to California-based start-up Perfect Day, which has figured out how to create lactose-free dairy milk in a laboratory!

Germany Unveils The World's Largest Artificial Sun

By Kim Bussing on May 15, 2017
Germany Unveils The World's Largest Artificial Sun

The Earth’s natural power plant — the sun — bathes the planet with more than enough green energy to fulfill all our power needs. However, while we have managed to harness some of it through solar panels, most of its potential remains untapped. Finding new ways to capture more of this unlimited sustainable energy has proven tricky given that the sun doesn’t work at night, often hides behind clouds, and in some areas of the world, disappears altogether for months at a time. Now, scientists and engineers at the German Space Center (DLR) in Jülich have built a more reliable and controllable substitute to enable researchers to discover new ways to capture the sun’s energy.

The Giant Panda's Striking Coloration May Stem From Its Poor Diet

By Daksha Morjaria on May 13, 2017
The Giant Panda's Striking Coloration May Stem From Its Poor Diet

Tim Caro, Professor of Wildlife Biology at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), has made it his mission to understand the evolution of coloration in mammals. The researcher spent twenty years investigating why zebras sport black and white stripes (to ward off flies) and even wrote a book, Zebra Stripes, about his epic discovery. Now, Caro has solved the age-old mystery of why giant pandas also sport the dual coloration.

Italian Architect Envisions "Forest Cities" To Combat China's Air Pollution

By Sarah Benton Feitlinger on May 8, 2017
Italian Architect Envisions "Forest Cities" To Combat China's Air Pollution

Ever since Malaysian ecologist-architect Ken Yeang introduced the concept in the 1990’s, living walls and rooftops have become an increasingly common sight in both residential and commercial buildings. In addition to looking good, planted exteriors also help cut energy costs, and in the case of rooftop farms provide urban dwellers with homegrown produce. Now, Stefano Boeri wants to take green architecture to the next level with “Forest Cities” to combat China’s air pollution woes.

The Dinosaur Family Tree Gets A Makeover

By Maitreyi Mantha on April 29, 2017
The Dinosaur Family Tree Gets A Makeover

About 130 years ago, Harry Govier Seeley, a paleontologist trained in Cambridge, classified dinosaurs into two distinct groups, or clades, based on the shape of their pelvic bones. The “reptile-hipped” saurischians included carnivorous theropods like the Tyrannosaurus Rex (T-Rex), while the “bird-hipped” ornithischians comprised herbivores such as the Stegosaurus and Triceratops. As more dinosaur fossils were discovered, a third group, dubbed sauropodomorphs, was established. In 1887, Seeley concluded that the long-necked herbivorous sauropods, like the Brontosaurus, were related to theropods and classified them as saurischians.

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