A Hidden Pattern in Your Retina May Reveal if You’re at Risk of a Future Heart Attack

Early, accurate, and simple diagnosis is important in just about every health condition you could name, and that includes heart disease. New research now suggests straightforward eye scans could identify patients with an increased risk of cardiovascular problems later on in life.   If this method of diagnosis can be developed, it would be a … Read more

Something in Your Eyes May Reveal if You’re at Risk of Early Death, Study Shows

A quick and pain-free scan of the human eyeball could one day help doctors identify ‘fast agers’, who are at greater risk of early mortality. Getting older obviously has an impact on everybody’s body, but just because two people have the same number of years under their belt doesn’t mean they are physically declining at … Read more

Largest dark energy map could reveal the fate of the universe

A modified telescope in Arizona has produced an interim map, which is already the largest three-dimensional map of the universe ever — and the instrument is only about a tenth of the way through its five-year mission. The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), a collaboration between Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California and scientists around … Read more

2021 saw record temperatures and deaths from natural disasters, NASA, NOAA reveal

2021 was another record-setting year, ranking as the sixth hottest year on record. Following a trend, these past eight years have also been the eight hottest years on record, experts revealed Thursday (Jan. 13). In an annual call to discuss climate change and the year’s climate data, experts from NASA and NOAA (the National Oceanic … Read more

Satellites reveal record high methane concentrations despite reduction pledges

Concentrations of greenhouse gases in Earth’s atmosphere continued to rise in 2021 in spite of climate pledges and the economic slowdown brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, satellite data reveal.  Methane concentrations in particular showed a worrying trend, rising to a new maximum of nearly 1,900 parts per billion (ppb), according to the European Earth … Read more

Clitoris evolution: What dolphins reveal about female sex organs

By Jessica Hamzelou Bottlenose dolphins are “hypersexual creatures” imageBROKER / Alamy Stock Photo Patricia Brennan has forged a controversial career in studying the twist and turns of the evolution of animal genitalia. A biologist based at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, her latest research suggests that bottlenose dolphins have clitorises that have evolved … Read more

Dogs Can Differentiate Between Familiar And Foreign Human Languages, Brain Scans Reveal

If you were to move to a new country with a different language and bring along the family dog, your pet would likely have a hard time understanding commands from the locals, according to a new study looking at how dogs’ brains react to different languages.    MRI scans revealed that dogs‘ brains can distinguish between familiar … Read more

‘Star Trek: Klingons’ will reveal the legend of Kahless in new IDW comic

Since their introduction in “Star Trek: The Original Series” in 1967 during the first season’s “Errand of Mercy” episode, the barbaric warmongering alien species known as the Klingons have been one of sci-fi’s greatest foes of the Federation. Created by screenwriter Gene L. Coon, legend has it that the purple-blooded antagonists were named after Lieutenant … Read more

Mesmerising photos reveal the microscopic beauty of plankton

By Gege Li A larva of a polychaete worm Jan van IJken Photographer Jan van IJken THESE mesmerising shots reveal the microscopic beauty of plankton – and their predators. They are part of a film and photo project called Planktonium by photographer Jan van IJken, who captured this diverse array of species in various Dutch … Read more