Chestnut-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus ruficeps). Ron Knight/Flickr CC BY 2.0
People have the remarkable ability to generate meaning out of meaningless sounds by arranging them in a, well, meaningful way. That’s how we form words. We used to think that this was a uniquely human talent, but according to a new PLOS Biology study, babbler birds communicate this way too.
Alarm Bells in space depicting Time & Space. Gordon Ball LRPS/Shutterstock.
You may have heard that the universe is expanding, but new research suggests that it could also be oscillating back and forth. This gentle swaying won't knock you over, though, as each oscillation takes place on a time scale of over a billion years. The oscillations are like the ringing of an enormous, universe-sized glass.
The all-natural Perseid meteor shower. Muskoka Stock Photos/Shutterstock
A Japanese startup is planning on launching tiny satellites into orbit around our planet that will release specially made “space pellets” on demand. As these fall back to Earth, they will create artificial meteor showers. If it works, birthdays and weddings could be celebrated with your very own celestial display. Because what says “I love you” more than tiny bits of metal burning up in the atmosphere?
Most of us will use a tissue to blow our noses when we get all bunged up – or at least I hope you do – but what if you live in the remote rocky mountains of Brazil and don't have one to hand? Well, perhaps you could take a leaf out of the bearded capuchin's book and pick your nose with a stick. And if you really wanted, you could copy them further and then eat your boogers. Delicious.