Where Have All the Passenger Pigeons Gone? Researchers may have uncovered how the once numerous bird went extinct in only 100 years

Up to about 200 years ago, the passenger pigeon was one of the most numerous vertebrate animals on Earth. The species had an estimated 3 to 5 billion individuals at the peak of its existence and had such big flock READ MORE

Using Computers to Identify Deadly Bacteria Japanese researchers develop a machine learning tool to identify deadly bacteria species based on their unique growth characteristics.

Various industries rely on accurate detection and identification of bacterial species. For example, food-processing plants often have to test their products for bacterial contamination to ensure it is safe for human consumption. In hospitals, a quick and accurate method to READ MORE

Beyond the grapes: what influences the flavor of different wines? Rocks, microbes and climate all impact the taste of your favorite wine

You sit down at a restaurant and peruse the menu for the best wine to pair with your dinner. Do you choose a red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon, or something crisper and lighter like Riesling? Do you choose the cheapest READ MORE

You may be getting catfished by catfish Some types of catfish and its products are more likely to be mislabeled than others, though for the most part, producers are honest.

A recent study of catfish products found that 7 of the 80 products tested were mislabeled, of which 5 were from restaurants and 2 were from grocery stores. Deep-fried products were the most likely to be mislabeled, possibly because it’s hard to tell what kind of fish is used. The most expensive dishes, such as the baked fish at restaurants, were correctly labeled.

Can some fungi clean up plastic pollution? Some fungi growing on plastic debris in Lake Zurich are capable of breaking down certain types of plastic

Since September is National Mushroom Month, it’s fitting to think about the incredible things fungi can do. You may be familiar with mushrooms in grocery stores or some of those visible in the forest. When it comes to fungal diversity, READ MORE

Did Humans Really Kill Most of the Animals and Plants? We may be the most successful land mammal, but pound for pound, plants and bacteria still have us beat.

We may be the most successful land mammal, but pound for pound, plants and bacteria still have us beat.

Detecting Toxins Produced by Algae A portable tool for detecting the cyanobacteria toxin responsible for harmful algal blooms in drinking water sources may be soon on its way

Harmful algal blooms are becoming an increasing problem in areas around the world, including the Great Lakes, where drinking water is obtained from surface water sources, such as lakes and rivers. When agricultural nutrients and urban waste runoff enters these READ MORE

Babies Learn About Eye Contact Early in Life More evidence shows that socializing is an important human behavior for brain development, even for infants.

As infants, we absorb any information our surroundings have to offer, especially if other humans are involved. Infants can recognize their native language, the faces of their own species, and even the faces of their own race. It’s all part READ MORE