One termite lineage took over by switching diets

"Termites are mostly misunderstood," says entomologist Thomas Chouvenc. Tracing their evolution shows they do more than eat wood and destroy homes.

Lourdes Rodriguez-U. Florida • futurity
yesterday ~7 min

evolution insects termites science-and-technology earth-and-environment

Genes highlight differences in wild and tame rabbits

New research sheds light on the gene differences in wild and domesticated rabbits, including genes related to tolerating humans.

Texas A&M University • futurity
yesterday ~5 min

evolution genes domestication rabbits science-and-technology

Brazilian Scientists Count Carbon in Amazon Rainforest

VOA Learning English • voa
Jan. 14, 2021 ~6 min

science-technology carbon

French Wines Return from Year in Space

VOA Learning English • voa
Jan. 14, 2021 ~3 min

science-technology wine


Dire wolves weren’t closely related to today’s wolves

Dire wolves, the extinct species made famous in "Game of Thrones," were so different from grey wolves they couldn't breed with them, DNA sequencing shows.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
Jan. 14, 2021 ~5 min

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Dire wolves were a distant relative of wolves today

Dire wolves, the extinct species made famous in "Game of Thrones," were so different from grey wolves they couldn't breed with them, DNA sequencing shows.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
Jan. 14, 2021 ~5 min

evolution extinction fossils genomes wolves science-and-technology

Most distant quasar’s black hole has the mass of 1.6B suns

The newly found quasar, the most distant ever discovered, hosts a supermassive black hole equivalent to the combined mass of 1.6 billion suns.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
Jan. 14, 2021 ~13 min

space galaxies stars black-holes science-and-technology quasar

Film can grab your sweat to power your watch

A new film can not only evaporate sweat but also use that moisture to power wearable electronic devices such as watches, fitness trackers, and more.

National University of Singapore • futurity
Jan. 14, 2021 ~5 min

exercise sensors science-and-technology wearable-devices perspiration

The dazzling history of solar power

PODCAST: Once fringe and futuristic, this renewable energy shines brightly today as a cheap and efficient source of energy. Still, it remains controversial — for much different reasons.

Adam Levy • knowable
Jan. 13, 2021 ~16 min

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