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An ecosystem of one in the depths of a gold mine

phenomena.nationalgeographic.com — Most of the planet's ecosystems are made of a multitude of different species, rich tangles of living things all interacting, competing and cooperating in order to eke out an existence. But not always - in South Africa, within the darkness of a gold mine, there is an ecosystem that consists of a single species, a type of bacteria that is the only thing alive in the hot, oxygen-less depths.

Fishing For the Microbes Behind Malnutrition

phenomena.nationalgeographic.com — Malnutrition seems like an intuitive problem: you don't eat enough food, so your health suffers. But it's not that simple. One mysterious type of malnutrition known as kwashiorkor -characterised by leaky blood vessels, puffy limbs, distended stomachs, and fragile skin-often affects children who eat just as much as their healthy neighbours.

Food Additives Inflame Mouse Guts By Disturbing Microbes

phenomena.nationalgeographic.com — If you walk down the aisles of any supermarket, you'll see what dietary emulsifiers can accomplish. This common class of food additives binds water and oils together, preventing mixtures of the two from splitting. They stabilise ice-cream and other frozen desserts, mayonnaise, salad dressings, and virtually every kind of processed food.

Pigeons outperform humans at the Monty Hall Dilemma

By Ed Yong
blogs.discovermagazine.com — Imagine that you're in a game show and your host shows you three doors. Behind one of them is a shiny car and behind the others are far less lustrous goats. You pick one of the doors and get whatever lies within.

I’ve Got Your Missing Links Right Here (21 February 2015)

phenomena.nationalgeographic.com — Sign up for The Ed's Up -a weekly newsletter of my writing plus some of the best stuff from around the Internet. Top picks "Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure."

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Fast-Evolving Human DNA Leads to Bigger-Brained Mice

phenomena.nationalgeographic.com — Between 5 and 7 million years of evolution separate us humans from our closest relatives-chimpanzees. During that time, our bodies have diverged to an obvious degree, as have our mental skills. We have created spoken language, writing, mathematics, and advanced technology-including machines that can sequence our genomes.

Why Do Luna Moths Have Such Absurdly Long Tails?

phenomena.nationalgeographic.com — You don't need a field guide to recognise a luna moth. This large insect, found throughout the eastern half of North America, is unmistakeable. It has a fuzzy white body, red legs, feathery yellow antennae, and huge lime-green wings that can stretch up to 4.5 inches across.

I’ve Got Your Missing Links Right Here (14 February 2015)

phenomena.nationalgeographic.com — Sign up for The Ed's Up -a weekly newsletter of my writing plus some of the best stuff from around the Internet. Top picks "This Incredible Hospital Robot Is Saving Lives. Also, I Hate It" - a tragic comedy by Matt Simon On the hunting of the endangered Houbara bustard, and relationships between Pakistan and Saud Arabia.

There’s No Plague on the NYC Subway. No Platypuses Either.

phenomena.nationalgeographic.com — There is no good evidence that Yersinia pestis -the bacterium that causes plague-is riding aboard the New York City subway. That's the message from several microbiologists, in response to a wave of news stories that emerged last Friday. "Plague, anthrax and cheese? Scientists map bacteria on New York subway," said the Guardian.
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Feb 27, 2015

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Feb 27, 2015

RT @kitlovelace: My girlfriend is just wrapping up a PhD in colour perception – specifically how we discern between blue and yellow. So her day will be fun.

Feb 26, 2015

RT @ComicsAndNoir: @edyong209 @sblackmoore Unless, of course, your company did something terrible to either llamas or dresses.

Feb 26, 2015

If you or your company did a terrible thing, this would be a REALLY good time to announce it.

Feb 26, 2015

RT @AmyVernon: INTERNET. THE #LLAMAS BROUGHT US TOGETHER. DON’T LET THE #DRESS TEAR US APART.

Feb 26, 2015

RT @Trippy_Dress: @edyong209 no one feels the need to ask me and I find that strange

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