The Weasel on the Toilet & Other Weird Species Discoveries

The Weasel on the Toilet & Other Weird Species Discoveries

Photo © Juan Manuel de Roux / iNaturalist Sometimes, new species are found after years of dedicated fieldwork.Named Macrobiotus shonaicus , the species is the 168th type of tardigrade ever discovered.

Glowing Amphibians, Extreme Weather Satellites, and More News

Glowing Amphibians, Extreme Weather Satellites, and More News

Frogs are reflecting and satellites are detecting, but first: a cartoon about self-driving without a license .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.New research in Scientific Reports reveals that amphibians actually glow, and always have—scientists just couldn't see it.

Release the Kratom: Inside America's Hottest New Drug Culture

Release the Kratom: Inside America's Hottest New Drug Culture

News about a plant called kratom kept popping up in her social media feeds, alongside claims that consuming it would help her break free of addiction.However, after finding kratom in the systems of dozens of people who have died of drug overdoses, the federal government has been considering a total ban.

Cyberpunk 2077 Is Being Delayed

Cyberpunk 2077 Is Being Delayed

The Avengers game from Crystal Dynamics (which Square Enix is publishing) is also getting delayed; instead of coming out in May, it'll be ready to play in September.

What a 5,700-Year-Old Piece of Gum Reveals About Its Chewer

What a 5,700-Year-Old Piece of Gum Reveals About Its Chewer

And just because she may have been noshing on duck before she chewed the birch pitch, doesn’t mean she wasn’t eating cultivated crops too.“There's actually nothing to tell us that on a Thursday she didn't do farming, and was eating duck on the weekend,” says Schroeder.

NIWA UV research reinforces success of Montreal Protocol

NIWA UV research reinforces success of Montreal Protocol

On the eve of the 30th anniversary since the Montreal Protocol came into force, new research by NIWA scientists reinforces its reputation as the world’s most successful environmental treaty.

Why We See the Colors of Faces Differently Than Other Things

Why We See the Colors of Faces Differently Than Other Things

And everyone described the faces of all four humans as green.“We were expecting to see that people match fruit to have a little subtle tinge of typical fruit color, and skin to have a typical tinge of typical skin color,” says Bevil Conway, a color vision researcher at NIH and the lead author on a new paper about this research.

The Game of Thrones Starbucks Cup: What's Inside?

The Game of Thrones Starbucks Cup: What's Inside?

In case you missed in last night's episode—or haven't been on #GoT Twitter today—someone seems to have left a Starbucks cup sitting on a table in that revelry scene on Sunday's Game of Thrones .

The Fungi Decimating Amphibians Is Worse Than We Thought

The Fungi Decimating Amphibians Is Worse Than We Thought

Even if you’re one of the lucky amphibian species that can resist the chytrid fungi, you can still unwittingly exacerbate the scourge by transporting the pathogen around the environment for other species to pick up.

How I Became a Robot in London—From 5,000 Miles Away

How I Became a Robot in London—From 5,000 Miles Away

On each of its fingertips is a sensor that allows the robot to feel , a sensation that’s piped across the world into my haptic glove.

Sunscreen Regulations Haven’t Aged Well

Sunscreen Regulations Haven’t Aged Well

In addition to the proposed regulations on product ingredients, the FDA is also asking manufacturers to submit more data on new forms of sunscreen, like SPF powders, wipes, body washes, and shampoos, before determining if those too are safe.

Why a Grape Turns Into a Fireball in a Microwave

Why a Grape Turns Into a Fireball in a Microwave

A common misconception is that the microwave acts on the grape from the outside in, like frozen meat defrosting, says physicist Pablo Bianucci of Concordia University, who worked on grape simulations included in a paper that appears today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences .

An Underwater Skin Sensor Lets Swimmers Track Their Sweat

An Underwater Skin Sensor Lets Swimmers Track Their Sweat

An Underwater Skin Sensor Lets Swimmers Track Their Sweat The device picks up sweat secretions from the person’s skin and channels the fluid into a chemical reagent mixed with food dye that turns the patch different colors—like a pH strip for sweat.

L’Oréal’s New Clip-on Sensor Tracks Your Exposure to UV Rays

L’Oréal’s New Clip-on Sensor Tracks Your Exposure to UV Rays

The combination of sensors and algorithms is a strategy that’s been adopted in other lightweight wearables, which directly measure some metrics, and use those metrics to inform an algorithm that calculates others.'It opens the door for a new consumer market for us, and a new retail environment.'Guive Balooch, global VP of L'Oréal’s Tech IncubatorThe app also provides metrics about a user’s skin exposure.