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Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
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April Fools' Roundup
1 April 2011 2:26 pm
In honor of April Fools' Day, there are some good fake science news stories circling the web today. Here are a few of our favorites:
Want to be your own Dr. Doolittle? Check out Google's new app, which " translates animal speech into human vernacular." (Be sure to watch the video.)
And speaking of apps, here's a story and a video about gorillas "going ape" over the new iPad . An important clue into primate behavior, or just a waste of time? As head keeper Phil Ridges says in the article, "We thought they would bang them on rocks but they carry them round as if they were babies."
Fossil buffs will be excited to learn about a new find unearthed at the Tower of London that could rewrite evolutionary history. Here's a clue: It's got a single, thin horn.
"Who needs a thumb drive when you can store data in your thumb?" announces this news story. It turns out there's a new program called Sparsh that lets you move files between devices by storing the data in your body. No word yet on how many gigabytes are available in the average human.
And hot on the heels of a Science paper that reported bacteria that use arsenic instead of phosphorus in their DNA, comes a new breed of sea monkeys found feasting on these bizarre bugs. Warning: these guys get violent if you mess with them.
Alas, we didn't run our own April Fools' story this year, but here are a couple of our past attempts to trick you: