Fermented Foods Sustain Both Microbiomes And Cultural Heritage

Many people around the world make and eat fermented foods. Millions in Korea alone make kimchi. The cultural heritage of these picklers shape not only what they eat every time they crack open a jar but also something much, much smaller: their microbiomes. On the microbial scale, we are what we eat in very real … Read moreFermented Foods Sustain Both Microbiomes And Cultural Heritage

“Extremely Active” Atlantic Hurricane Season Could Be In Store This Year

From June through to November each year, the Atlantic witnesses its hurricane season, when powerful tropical storms are most likely to occur in the basin. This year’s season, however, is set to be an “extremely active” one according to new predictions from Colorado State University (CSU) forecasters. The team has predicted a total of 23 … Read more“Extremely Active” Atlantic Hurricane Season Could Be In Store This Year

Engraved Bone Of Prehistoric Bear Is The Oldest Example Of Neanderthal Culture

Some time between 115,000 and 130,000 years ago, a Neanderthal living in a cave in Poland etched a series of markings into a bear bone. Despite consisting of just 17 lines, the engravings converted the bone into one of the oldest known symbolic items in Europe and one of the earliest to be associated with … Read moreEngraved Bone Of Prehistoric Bear Is The Oldest Example Of Neanderthal Culture

The Pacific Sleeper Shark: New Insights Into A Mysterious Marine Predator

Despite being one of the largest predatory fish in the ocean and having a range that spans throughout the Pacific, little is known about the Pacific sleeper shark. In an effort to tackle the most pressing gaps in our knowledge – and thus how the species can be conserved – a team of scientists has … Read moreThe Pacific Sleeper Shark: New Insights Into A Mysterious Marine Predator

Do We Need To Worry About Acrylamide In Our Food Causing Cancer?

Every so often, a molecule called acrylamide works its way back into the public sphere of attention, usually with warnings in tow about its presence in food and the apparent dangers it poses to our health. But how much of this is true, and should we be worried about it? What is acrylamide? Acrylamide is … Read moreDo We Need To Worry About Acrylamide In Our Food Causing Cancer?

Puya Raimondii: The 40-Foot “Queen Of The Andes” That Blooms Only Once A Century

Who’s the ruler of the Andes? You might be thinking the seven countries they run through, or perhaps the mighty Andean condor. Both are wrong: it’s an absolutely massive, rare-blooming, and long-lived plant called Puya raimondii. What is Puya raimondii? The so-called “Queen of the Andes” belongs to the bromeliads, a family of plants that … Read morePuya Raimondii: The 40-Foot “Queen Of The Andes” That Blooms Only Once A Century

Newly Discovered Prehistoric Snake May Be Largest To Ever Exist, Vaccine Breakthrough Could Mean Future-Proof Shots, And Much More This Week

This week, a physicist studying the SARS-CoV-2 virus believes he’s found evidence that we’re living in a simulation, a newly discovered species of titanosaur is one of the smallest ever found, Stonehenge may be aligned to a rare lunar event, and a donor heart successfully makes it nearly 7,000 kilometers across the Atlantic for the … Read moreNewly Discovered Prehistoric Snake May Be Largest To Ever Exist, Vaccine Breakthrough Could Mean Future-Proof Shots, And Much More This Week