Archives for the month of: January, 2015

The largest fruit in the world is a pumpkin, and it weighs over 1000 kg. BBC Earth

Researchers have found some of the mutations behind resistance to the antimalarial artemesinin. BBC News

Once extinct in the UK, bitterns are at their highest numbers. BBC Earth

German researchers have created devices that could fit into a shoe and harvest power from walking – this could power wearable sensors or even a self-lacing shoe. BBC News

In a Radio 4 documentary, a test of subliminal advertising in a short clip of a BBC drama had no effect on participants’ choices afterwards. Subliminal advertising has been banned since the 1950s – but it doesn’t seem to work anyway.

People with blue eyes have a single, common ancestor. Scientists have tracked down a genetic mutation which took place 6,000-10,000 years ago and is the cause of the eye color of all blue-eyed humans alive on the planet today. ScienceDaily

Running fingers over a seemingly smooth surface can detect even nanoscale wrinkles, which could lead to touch screens for the visually impaired. ScienceDaily

A Chinese hospital is using pads attached to the abdomen, delivering electric shocks, to simulate the pain of childbirth. Reuters

Lengthy naps are vital for learning and memory in babies up to 12 months – and rather good for middle-aged bloggers too… BBC News

By analysing ‘likes’ on Facebook, a computer was better at deducing character traits than friends, family or even some partners. BBC News

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