A rare disease called fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva can suddenly turn a person’s tissues and muscles into bone, permanently immobilizing parts of their bodies. Now, scientists have finally figured out why that happens—and found a promising new treatment.
Scientists have captured what may be the first video of the remarkable and rare “vampire” squirrel! The little creature is twice the size of most tree squirrels, reputedly has a taste for blood, and has the bushiest tail of any mammal compared with its body size.
Moms have stressed the importance of solid shuteye for years, especially when it comes to fighting off colds. Now, they've got science on their side. A new study reveals that sleep-deprived people are more than four times likelier to catch a cold than their well-rested counterparts.
After 3 years in the shadows, the anonymous founder of the popular—and controversial—website PubPeer has revealed himself. 41-year-old neuroscientist Brandon Stell set up the site for users to critique published research. He’s going public in the hopes of raising funding to improve and expand the site.
Move over, King Kong! Tushi, a chimp living in a Netherlands zoo, recently knocked a filmmaker’s drone clear out of the sky using long stick. Scientists say the action shows planned, deliberate tool use and that chimps can think ahead and be creative in their toolmaking.
Want an alternative to pesticides? Try ants. A new study reveals that in many situations, weaver ants are both better and cheaper than chemical sprays at keeping pests away.