Amazing Earless Worms Have the Ability to Listen Through Their Skin
A species of roundworm which most scientists use in biological research has the ability to sense and respond to sound, even though they don't have ear-like organs, as per a new study from the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute. The findings provide a new biological tool used for studying the genetic mechanisms on which the sense of hearing is based.
Tropical Storm Sam Forecasted to Strengthen into a Hurricane This Weekend
On Thursday, Tropical Storm Sam - the 18th named system in a busy season - formed in the Atlantic Ocean and is expected to gain more strength, becoming a hurricane by this weekend. The National Hurricane Center said the storm had gained strength all through the day with about 70 mph maximum sustained winds as of 11 p.m. EDT.
People Living Close to Natural Gas Wells are Exposed to Higher Level of Organic Pollutants
People whose houses are situated nearer to natural gas wells are exposed to higher levels of some kind of organic pollutants, a University of Toronto study finds. The study covers levels of volatile organic compounds or VOCs that could be found in both the air and drinking water in houses of pregnant women inhabiting an area in northeastern British Columbia.
Air Pollution Causes 7 Million Deaths Yearly, Prompting WHO to Strengthen Guidelines
On Wednesday, the World Health Organization toughened its air quality guidelines, saying one of the greatest environmental threats to human health is air pollution which causes seven million untimely deaths annually. The aim of the guidelines is to protect people from the undesirable effects of air pollution, also governments use the guidelines as a reference for lawfully binding standards.
Insects Are Disappearing From Our Planet at an Alarming Rate: How Can We Help Them?
Insects have been in existence for over 400m years, their ancestors moving from water bodies to take over the land a long time ago prior to the appearance of dinosaurs. They have been very successful, developing into a surprising diversity of over 1m species that have been described, with possibly as much as more 4m which science is yet to describe.
Sky Watchers Excited as SpaceX Launch Forms Strange Clouds Over East Coast
People in Cape Canaveral, Florida, are thrilled as four individuals sat on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket headed for space. The clock got to zero, the engines made lively sounds and the passengers were ready to have the ride they've never had. The launch was successful with the four crew members finally going into space.
Lake Powell's Low Water Level Could Make Generation of Hydropower Impossible in 2023
The water at Lake Powell which is the second-largest man-made reservoir in the US is decreasing and this could make the generation of hydroelectric power at the dam hopeless in 2023, as per new projections which the US Bureau of Reclamation released on Wednesday.
Cavers Discover Snakes Dwelling in Yemen's Mysterious 'Well of Hell'
A team of Omani cavers has made what people consider to be the initial descent to the foot of the famed Well of Barhout in Yemen - a natural wonder which many locals avoid, believing it is a prison for genies. The Oman Cave Exploration Team (OCET) discovered snakes, lifeless animals, and cave pearls inside the well, but no indication of the supernatural.
Heat and Wind Challenge Firefighters as They Make Progress in Controlling California's Largest Fire
Firefighters in California have made remarkable progress in controlling one of the largest flames ever recorded in states prone to wildfire, but there is a chance heat and wind will persist in the region, challenging firefighters that are making effort to control the multiple fires.
Deadliest Animals: Top 5 Most Dangerous Creatures You May Encounter in North Florida
North Florida harbors unique animals that could be difficult to find in any other part of the United States. Those in search of strange creatures should be highly cautioned because some of these animals could cause actual harm. Researchers have been able to track some of North Florida's most dangerous animals
Human Whistling Languages Could be Crucial in Deciphering Dolphin Communication
Scientists have been trying to communicate with dolphins for decades, and researchers are convinced they may have succeeded in discovering a suitable model for decoding the high-pitched calls of aquatic mammals. The new study explains ways whistled human languages may have similar fundamental attributes with dolphin signals.
As Fall Season Approaches, Eastern United States Will Experience Cooler Air
During the first days of fall, mother nature will apparently cause an unexpected phenomenon, allowing the coolest air since the previous spring to come back to portions of the South and East. The coolest push of air since the previous spring will make a lot of regions in the eastern United States feel like fall as expected, as autumn formally starts on the 22nd of September, AccuWeather meteorologists said.
Officials Issue Red Alert for U.S. Volcano Due to Impending Explosions
The sight of the new, disastrous La Palma volcanic eruption in the Canary Islands is capturing the attention of viewers from all over the world, while this is going on, a volcano closer to the residential area in the U.S. is erupting with new activity, forcing officials to raise a RED alert level.
Experts Blame Wildfires for Dramatic Decline of Koala Population in Australia
The Australian Koala Foundation said about 30% of koalas in Australia have been lost over the past three years due to drought, developers cutting down trees, and bushfires. The foundation urges the government to take more actions so that creature's habitat will be protected. The independent non-profit group made a rough calculation and discovered that the koala population has decreased to less than 58,000 this 2021.
Scary-Looking Deer With Blood Dribbling from Antlers Spotted in Smoky Mountains
In recent weeks, strange deer that have strips of flesh and blood dribbling from their antlers have been spotted wandering around Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park uploaded a picture of one on Facebook, revealing it looks as terrifying as it sounds.