I’m Scientific American assistant information editor Sarah Lewin Frasier. And right here’s a brief piece from the January 2021 situation of the journal, within the part known as Advances: Dispatches From The Frontiers Of Science, Know-how And Medication.
The article is titled Quick Hits, and it’s a rundown of some non-coronavirus tales from across the globe.
From Costa Rica: Researchers embedded GPS units in decoy sea turtle eggs to trace poaching patterns. Of their first subject take a look at, 5 of the 101 decoys (which had related dimension, weight and texture to actual eggs) traveled considerably, probably reaching shoppers.
From Latvia: DNA harvested from a 700-year-old public bathroom in Riga (in addition to a 600-year-old cesspit in Jerusalem) will assist researchers study how human microbiomes have advanced over time. Microbial DNA from each websites matches some species frequent in trendy hunter-gatherers and a few in right this moment’s metropolis dwellers.
From Antarctica: New analysis suggests a 50-million-year-old foot bone discovered on Seymour Island comes from a species of hen whose wingspan reached 6.4 meters throughout. The researchers additionally attributed half of a giant jawbone with toothlike buildings to the species.
From Madagascar: In a Madagascar backyard, researchers found a number of Voeltzkow’s chameleons—a uncommon species whose females can change from inexperienced to a vivid black, white and blue when excited. The short-lived species had not been documented for greater than 100 years, and no females had been beforehand recorded in any respect.
From Indonesia: New analysis exhibits that fluffy however venomous gradual lorises frequently bite one another to settle territorial disputes—a rarity in venomous animals.
From Australia: An unlimited, newfound coral reef off the continent’s northern coast is taller than the Empire State Constructing, rising greater than 500 meters above the seafloor. Thought-about a part of the Nice Barrier Reef, it’s the first indifferent reef construction found there in 120 years.
That was “Fast Hits.” I’m Sarah Lewin Frasier.
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