Skin mites that mate on our faces at night are slowly merging with humans

Skin mites that mate on our faces at night are slowly merging with humans

If you’re reading this, you’re probably not alone. Most people on Earth are habitats for dust mites, which spend the majority of their brief lives buried, headfirst, in our hair follicles, mostly on the face. In fact, humans are the only habitat for Follicular demodex. They are born on us, they feed on us, they … Read more

Earth’s Magnetic Poles Likely Won’t Flip After All, Scientists Predict

Earth's Magnetic Poles Likely Won't Flip After All, Scientists Predict

The protective shell of our planet is no longer quite what it used to be. Over the past two centuries, its magnetic force has been dropping, and no one knows why. At the same time, a worrying weak spot on the ground called the South Atlantic Anomaly has crumbled over the Atlantic Ocean and has … Read more

Scientists Have Discovered The World’s Largest Known Plant, And It’s Over 100 Miles Long

Scientists Have Discovered The World's Largest Known Plant, And It's Over 100 Miles Long

Next time you’re diving or snorkeling, take a look at these wonderfully long bright green ribbons, rippling with the ebb and flow of the water. They are seagrasses – marine plants that produce flowers, fruits and seedlings every year, like their terrestrial relatives. These seagrasses grow in two ways: through sexual reproduction, which helps them … Read more

The evolution of a head has been traced surprisingly far back in our ancestral line

The evolution of a head has been traced surprisingly far back in our ancestral line

What’s in a head? According to new research, a bit of the tail of our ancestors. In the early days of complex, multicellular life on Earth, animals started out without spines or brains. They only had one network of neurons distributed throughout their bodies. Over millions of years, however, this system has somehow become concentrated … Read more

Scientists have revived a glow of activity in human eyes after death

Scientists have revived a glow of activity in human eyes after death

Scientists have momentarily restored a faint glow of life to dying cells in the human eye. In order to better understand how nerve cells succumb to a lack of oxygen, a team of American researchers measured the activity of mouse and human retinal cells shortly after death. Surprisingly, with a few adjustments to the tissue … Read more