‘World’s strangest turtle’ is brought back from the brink of extinction

‘World’s strangest turtle’ is brought back from the brink of extinction: Scientists track down rare Cantor’s giant softshell turtle eggs in India and release five hatchlings back in the wild The species is the world’s biggest freshwater turtle – it can grow to six feet long It was thought to have vanished from India after … Read more

Health: Walking just 4,400 steps a day may be enough to protect you from serious illness

Rather than the 10,000 steps often recommended, walking just 4,400 steps a day may be enough to protect against serious illnesses, researchers have claimed. A review into the benefits of various levels of physical activity by an expert from the University of Hertfordshire found that the classic goal might be overkill. Physical activity can help to … Read more

Super-thin mirror could prove existence of dark matter

Dark matter, which is said to make up 85 percent of the universe, has eluded scientists for more than 50 years, but new research may have solved why. A team of American researchers hypothesize that our galaxy is filled with tiny particles with mass, known as dark photons, and traditional particle physics experiments are unable … Read more

Neuroscientist proposes AI-inspired theory for why we dream

Why we dream is one of science’s most perplexing mysteries, but a neuroscientist in the US thinks he finally has the answer.    Erik Hoel, a research assistant professor of neuroscience at Tufts University in Massachusetts, has taken inspiration from artificial intelligence (AI) for his theory. In a new report, he argues that the often hallucinogenic, … Read more

Thumbs ‘travel two marathons a year’ scrolling through social media

Step away from the smartphone: The average person’s thumb travels the equivalent of TWO marathons a year scrolling through social media UK marketing agency Ilk has calculated the whopping total, which is 52 miles To illustrate the total, it’s created an interactive online simulator, Thumb Run Excessive scrolling can cause ‘scroller thumb’, where our digit begins to … Read more

Fossils: ‘Talkative’ dinosaur emitted ‘strong sounds’ to scare away predators and attract mates

Palaeontologists have unearthed a species of ‘talkative’ dinosaur from 73 million years ago that emitted ‘strong sounds’ to scare off predators and attract mates. The crested creature — Tlatolophus galorum — was found near General Cepeda in north-east Mexico by experts with the National Institute of Anthropology and History. The articulated tail of the newly-identified hadrosaur … Read more