How a Duck Learned to Say ‘You Bloody Fool’

How a Duck Learned to Say ‘You Bloody Fool’

In 1987, a researcher in Australia recorded a male musk duck named Ripper producing a vocalization that sounded very much like “You bloody fool,” along with sounds resembling a slamming door and a soft mumbling.

What Medical Researcher Training Can Learn From the 'Yellow Berets'

What Medical Researcher Training Can Learn From the 'Yellow Berets'

The program, established in 1953, brought recent medical school graduates to the National Institutes of Health for two or three years of intensive research training, where they would learn to solve problems that would improve patient care and public health.

An Experimental Birth Control Attacks Sperm Like a Virus

An Experimental Birth Control Attacks Sperm Like a Virus

Other studies have investigated whether these antibodies could be used to fight off HIV or the virus that causes herpes, and whether they are safe to apply as a topical contraceptive or as an insert like a vaginal ring.“The timing is right,” says Anderson, a coauthor on the EBioMedicine paper, which showed that manufactured antibodies were effective at binding to sperm.

The Wire Inspired a Fake Turtle Egg That Spies on Poachers

The Wire Inspired a Fake Turtle Egg That Spies on Poachers

Williams-Guillen and Pheasey found that while poachers tended to sell eggs locally door to door, the InvestEGGator was also able to track long-range transport—one trip was 137 kilometers long, from the beach to central Costa Rica.

Meet the Mad Scientist Who Wrote the Book on How to Hunt Hackers

Meet the Mad Scientist Who Wrote the Book on How to Hunt Hackers

And for a smaller core of cybersecurity practitioners within that massive readership, it’s become a kind of legend: the ur-narrative of a lone hacker hunter, a text that has inspired an entire generation of network defenders chasing their own anomalies through a vastly larger, infinitely more malicious internet.

Banding Hummingbirds

Banding Hummingbirds

She’s the only person permitted to band hummingbirds in Arkansas. “By banding we can prove we have the same hummingbirds returning,” she says while looking through glass at the gut of a bird that’s smaller than a Matchbox car.

So Long, You Weird, Space-Time-Defying Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

So Long, You Weird, Space-Time-Defying Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

A hanging story-chad of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, S.H.I.E.L.D. has had ratings consistently low enough to make the prospect of its renewal every year a kind of comic-book cliffhanger.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Stars in a New Ad Plugging Electric Cars

Arnold Schwarzenegger Stars in a New Ad Plugging Electric Cars

A Ford spokesperson says running ads during NFL games may work for high-volume pickup trucks, but “EV customers are less likely to consume as much TV so we have to approach them differently.” Toyota notes that mass media doesn’t make sense for models that (at least for now) sell in such small volumes.

Inside the Quietly Lucrative Business of Donating Human Eggs

Inside the Quietly Lucrative Business of Donating Human Eggs

“There's a huge lack of data there to really [allow women] to make informed decisions,” says Dr. Diane Tober, an assistant professor at the University of California, San Francisco, who studies egg donors.

It's Either the Best Time or the Worst Time to Have a Baby

It's Either the Best Time or the Worst Time to Have a Baby

How Big Data Could Help Prevent Premature Births You Know What Else Can Reproduce Now? Robots Gadgets and Gear for Making (or Not Making) Babies Coming later this week: The Tricky Ethics of New, Noninvasive Prenatal Testing Childfree on Reddit—Because Apocalypse, That's Why Inside the Secret Facebook Egg Donation Groups The New Science of Male Contraception

What Happens When Techno-Utopians Actually Run a Country

What Happens When Techno-Utopians Actually Run a Country

“It’s imperative that this works, because this shows a model for industrial democracies from the US to Asia.” While Bannon gushed, members of Five Star like Nugnes and Fattori reeled at where their movement had ended up: tied to a party led by a man many of them regarded as a fascist.

Facebook’s Top PR Exec Is Leaving the Toughest Job in Tech

Facebook’s Top PR Exec Is Leaving the Toughest Job in Tech

Facebook’s Top PR Exec Is Leaving the Toughest Job in Tech Caryn Marooney is the latest in a series of high-profile departures from Facebook's communications department at a time when the company is perpetually under siege.

A Controversial Fertility Treatment Gets Its First Big Test

A Controversial Fertility Treatment Gets Its First Big Test

The fertility tech firm is collaborating with the Institute of Life to conduct the first known human trial of the procedure, called mitochondrial replacement therapy, for treating infertility.

These Chickens Lay Designer Eggs for Big Pharma

These Chickens Lay Designer Eggs for Big Pharma

The series investigates the production of Novogen White, a high-quality, disease-free egg made in extremely controlled environments by a company in France. Szalai's approach here was like that of an investigative journalist, visiting the Hungarian campus about four to five times to document the environment in which the chickens lived.

What We Like When We Like Eggs on Instagram

What We Like When We Like Eggs on Instagram

Eleven days ago, the anonymous Instagram account world_record_egg posted its first image, what appears to be a simple stock photo of . In an era of rampant spam, thirst traps , and stolen memes , the egg became popular by straightforwardly asking for likes and nothing else.

Cities Are Tucking Climate Change Fixes Into New Laws

Cities Are Tucking Climate Change Fixes Into New Laws

“There are liberals or progressives who oppose climate change, but they definitely don’t want that multifamily apartment building to go up next to transit if it’s in their neighborhood.” That’s what Wiener says he found in his initial efforts to link development and transit in California last year.

Lamborghini's Urus Makes the Supercar SUV Look Good

Lamborghini's Urus Makes the Supercar SUV Look Good

The idea of the Urus is to be just as fun while racing, but capable of rolling over speed bumps and holding the kids and shopping bags.“It was a difficult project,” according to Lambo's CTO, “when you come from super sport car experience, to face a car with a higher center of gravity, that’s much heavier, and where you need to guarantee roominess and comfort.”

The Science of Growing a Perfect Christmas Tree

The Science of Growing a Perfect Christmas Tree

"Basically, how can we identify species and seed sources that are going to lead to better Christmas trees, and how can growers manage their farms to produce better trees," he says.The research Cregg and his colleagues are conducting today will likely influence what type of Christmas tree you buy from your local lot a decade from now.Consider Cregg's cold-hardiness experiments, one of which he's currently performing inside a chest freezer in the basement of MSU's Plant and Soil Sciences Building.