Weekly wonders #9

Good morning. You can now listen to podcasts and read stories in our app. Check it out! Not a subscriber yet? Sign up here. You might also like our community Discord chat! Grab your invite here πŸ’¬. Cosmos news A quick look at news from the big picture Cicada’s wings have an anti-bacterial surface that kills bacteria not by chemicals, but by using a nanopattern made of nano pillars that shreds the bacterial membrane. πŸ”— Link History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme. 20,000 years ago in East Asia there was a Coronavirus pandemic that lasted for generations. It left its mark on the DNA of the people that lived through it. πŸ”— Link Researchers discovered that the light-sensitive protein cryptochrome 4, found in birds’ retinas, is sensitive to magnetic fields and could well be the long-sought magnetic sensor of the migratory birds. πŸ”— Link Weekly wonders πŸ¦‹ Insects Brahmin Moth Caterpillar, before and after, looking like it knows the secrets of the universe. Posted by j3ffr33d0m πŸ¦‹ Insects Chorinea Sylphina butterfly showing of its transparent wings Posted by tokuhirom5673 The creepiest looking bug I’ve ever seen. Thereuopoda longicornis after shedding its skin. Posted by…

Weekly wonders #8

Good morning. This is what happened in the news this week: Not a subscriber yet? Sign up here. You might also like our community Discord chat! Grab your invite here πŸ’¬. Cosmos news A quick look at news from the big picture Researchers were able to re-create a bird’s song by reading only its brain activity, reproducing a songbird’s complex vocalizations down to the pitch, volume and timbre of the original. The study is a first step towards developing vocal prostheses for humans who have lost the ability to speak.Β Link The Earth has a pulse. Every ~27.5 million years, our planet has a burst of geologic activity, resulting in volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and floods, according to new research. The last ‘beat’ was 7 million years ago, so it’s 20 million years ’til the next one. Link Nature is still full of surprises. The Painted Lady butterfly, common throughout Europe, was thought to begin its migration in North Africa. It turns out they start further south, migrating across the Sahara desert – previously thought to be an impossible feat for a butterfly. They perfectly time their migration to coincide with rain, which supplies them with their favourite…

Weekly wonders #7

Good morning. This is what happened in the news this week: Not a subscriber yet? Sign up here. You might also like our community Discord chat! Grab your invite here πŸ’¬. Cosmos news A quick look at news from the big picture If you zoom all the way out from Earth, past the edge of the Milky Way galaxy and keep going, you would see that galaxies group to form gigantic structures held together by gravity and dark matter. They resemble a cosmic ‘web’, with nodes and filaments connecting them. A new article in Nature suggests that these filaments may be turning like vortices, though how they do this remains unknown. Link The reason why we enjoy the salty taste of a chip or the umami taste of a steak may be because they contain elements and nutrients that are most likely to be limiting for growth when in a natural environment. Steak has lots of nitrogen, which we need for building amino acids but often occurs in low concentrations, and it’s a similar story with salt. It appears that at its most basic, taste is a tool that helps animals prioritise the foods that they…

Weekly wonders #6

Good morning. This week saw some huge design improvements to the upcoming new Big Ideas Network blog, which contains tons of new content. It’s almost ready to go live, but you can get a sneak preview here: New TBIN site. As always I’d love to hear your feedback. Not a subscriber yet? Sign up here. You might also like our community Discord chat! Grab your invite here πŸ’¬. Cosmos news A quick look at news from the big picture Scoop up a shovelful of healthy soil, and you’ll likely be holding more living organisms than there are people on the planet Earth πŸ”— Link 128 baby bobtail squid and 5,000 tardigrades are set to be transported to the International Space Station, to study the effect of low gravity on life πŸ”— Link Despite being in the β€˜goldilocks zone’ for planets, Venus is a hellish inferno. Two newly announced robotic missions will be travelling there this decade to discover what happened to the planet πŸ”— Link Weekly wonders 🦁 Animals This seal has reached peak level of chill Posted by d3333p7 🐍 Baby cobra arriving on Earth πŸ”₯ Posted by HeyIamShy 🐒 🐠 Underwater Life Surfers helping…