Ornithologists have described a new bird species from the subantarctic islands

Ornithologists have described a new species of bird that lives on the Diego Ramirez Islands south of South America. It is called the subantarctic rayadito. In the past, the local population was thought to be the spiny-tailed rayadito, which is widespread in Chile and Argentina. However, the analysis showed that individuals from the Diego Ramirez… Continue reading Ornithologists have described a new bird species from the subantarctic islands

Traces of cockroach ootheca found in Jomon period ceramics

Archaeologists have examined 4,000- to 5,300-year-old Jomon period pottery discovered in Japan. In five artifacts they found traces of cockroach ootheca. One of them was laid by Japanese cockroaches (Periplaneta japonica), the rest look like smoky cockroaches (P. fulinginosa). Previously, it was believed that the latter species was brought to Japan only in the 18th–19th… Continue reading Traces of cockroach ootheca found in Jomon period ceramics

Playing music in childhood has been linked to long-term improvements in cognitive abilities.

Playing a musical instrument in childhood and adolescence is associated with improved cognitive skills in later life, British researchers have found. The positive effect persisted even after adjusting for several factors, such as childhood environment. The study was published in Psychological Science. Developed cognitive skills can influence academic and professional achievements, as well as health.… Continue reading Playing music in childhood has been linked to long-term improvements in cognitive abilities.

Astronomers have found a record-breaking planetary nebula

Astronomers using ground-based telescopes have confirmed the discovery of a new planetary nebula in the Milky Way, which is the remnant of a star 2.8 times more massive than the Sun. The kinematic age of the nebula turned out to be record-breaking and amounted to 78 thousand years; it is part of an open star… Continue reading Astronomers have found a record-breaking planetary nebula

The most expensive drug in the world is a new therapy for beta thalassemia. One injection costs $2.8 million

The United States has approved gene therapy for beta thalassemia, an inherited blood disease. The developer of the drug, Bluebird bio, claims that one injection is enough to, if not cure, then significantly improve the patient’s condition. But such an injection would cost $2.8 million. This is 700 thousand dollars more expensive than the Zolgensma… Continue reading The most expensive drug in the world is a new therapy for beta thalassemia. One injection costs $2.8 million

Entomologists have reconstructed the chirping sound of a grasshopper found 150 years ago

Entomologists studied the grasshopper Prophalangopsis obscura, the only specimen of which was collected in northern India 150 years ago. As a result, it was possible to find out the frequency of its chirping. It turned out to be quite low, about 4.7 kilohertz. Such sounds carry far and can give away the location of the… Continue reading Entomologists have reconstructed the chirping sound of a grasshopper found 150 years ago

35 Chinese people became infected with the new henipavirus in two years

RNA was detected in 35 residents of China's eastern provinces who complained of fever Langya henipavirus – a virus from the henipavirus genus. In addition to fever, patients were bothered by cough and muscle pain, and a third of patients developed liver dysfunction. Doctors suspect that shrews are the natural reservoir of the virus, and… Continue reading 35 Chinese people became infected with the new henipavirus in two years

Lost Colombian saberwing hummingbird rediscovered after 12 years

Found in the mountains of northern Colombia, the Santamartian sabrewing is considered one of the rarest species of hummingbird. Over the past decades, he has been seen only twice – in 1946 and 2010. Some experts even suspected that this species had become extinct. However, according to a press release from the conservation organization Re:wild,… Continue reading Lost Colombian saberwing hummingbird rediscovered after 12 years

Diver captures mysterious jellyfish off the coast of New Ireland

A diver filmed unusual jellyfish off the coast of the New Guinea island of New Ireland. The invertebrates reach the size of a football, and their bells are covered in a pattern of black rings, spots and lines, The Guardian reports. Zoologists suggest that jellyfish belong to a mysterious species Chirodectes maculatuswhich is known from… Continue reading Diver captures mysterious jellyfish off the coast of New Ireland

Damage to the amygdala prevented people from sacrificing one to save many.

Healthy people in a hypothetical problem decide to sacrifice one person to save more people, while patients with Urbach-Wiethe disease refuse to sacrifice an innocent person even to save many others and themselves. That is, patients, compared to healthy people, when deciding moral issues regarding the life of another person, are more likely to follow… Continue reading Damage to the amygdala prevented people from sacrificing one to save many.