Weird science shows unseemly way beetles escape after being eaten

Certain water beetles can escape from frogs after being consumed.

  • A Japanese scientist shows that some beetles can wiggle out of frog's butts after being eaten whole.
  • The research suggests the beetle can get out in as little as 7 minutes.
  • Most of the beetles swallowed in the experiment survived with no complications after being excreted.
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Discovery of metal-breathing bacteria can change electronics

Researchers find an unusual property of a bacteria that can breathe in metal.

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  • Scientists discover Shewanella oneidensis bacterium can "breathe in" certain metals and compounds.
  • The bacteria produces a material that can be used to transfer electrons.
  • Applications of the finding range from medical devices to new generation of sensors.
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Scientists use olive oil to discover new universal physics law

Olive oil leads to the discovery of a law that applies to atoms, superconductors, and even high energy physics.

  • Physicists at the Dutch research institute AMOLF used olive oil in an experiment on light phase transitions.
  • The scientists found that light would behave the same way in atoms, superconductors, and high energy physics.
  • The discovery can lead to applications in new computing and sensing systems.
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Johns Hopkins opens center for psychedelic research

Moving the needle forward on psychedelic research.

  • Johns Hopkins University's School of Medicine has had a psychedelic research group since 2000.
  • Funded by a $17 million donation from a number of private donors, the university will be able to open a new center.
  • This comes on the heels of an increasing acceptance of psychedelic research and use.
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Spanish scientists are making 'very promising' human-monkey chimeras in China

The first human-monkey hybrid has allegedly been created in a Chinese lab.

Still from Tim Burton's 2001 film, "Planet of the Apes."
  • Leaked research by Spanish scientists claims that they've created the world's first human-monkey chimera embryo.
  • Lead researcher, Juan Carlos Izpisúa has previously worked on pig-human embryos.
  • Their intended goal of the study is to use the animals to create organs for human transplant.
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