In response to devastating hurricanes, Dominican anoles have developed a grip that's 10 times stronger. Are we witnessing evolution in real time?
- After Hurricane Maria, anole species on the island of Dominica developed super strong grips.
- This development may be one of the fasted rates of evolutionary change ever recorded.
- Climate change will likely to result in more intense hurricanes, but not all species will adapt so quickly.
Our clever human hands may soon be outdone.
- MIT-affiliated researchers develop a hypersensitive glove that can capture the way in which we handle objects.
- The data captured by the glove can be "learned" by a neural net.
- Smart tactile interaction will be invaluable when A.I.-based robots start to interact with objects — and us.
A new study looks at astronauts' brains after they come back home.
- In microgravity, brain fluids behave differently, winding up in different places in the skull.
- Astronauts' white matter is affected by being in space and weakens their back-home sense of balance.
- The study hints at our brains' possible ability to adapt to space conditions.
Love to drop F-bombs? Thank the shift to agriculture.
- A new study suggests that the f and v sounds were made easier to pronounce by the change in our diets the invention of farming made possible.
- The idea isn't a new one, but is only now being taken seriously.
- Even today, many hunter-gather cultures lack labiodentals in their languages.
Turns out pushups are more telling than treadmill tests when it comes to cardiovascular health.
- Men who can perform 40 pushups in one minute are 96 percent less likely to have cardiovascular disease than those who do less than 10.
- The Harvard study focused on over 1,100 firefighters with a median age of 39.
- The exact results might not be applicable to men of other age groups or to women, researchers warn.
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