SciNews Dec 2, 2015

High fat diets, large mouth dinos, Trudeau on Climate Change, and King Tut – all in one collection.  Who would’ve thought science was so interesting.  Share these stories with your students and get them excited about science.

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High-fat diet prompts immune cells to start eating connections between neurons. Science Daily

When a high-fat diet causes us to become obese, it also appears to prompt normally bustling immune cells in our brain to become sedentary and start consuming the connections between our neurons, scientists say. Read more…


5 Extreme Examples of Evolutionary Prowess. Discover

Hidden among us are survivors – living, breathing beings that have pulled off some pretty remarkable feats in order to live another day. They can be found ambling through the moss beneath our feet, drifting in our oceans and our streams, even stuck in the local pet store or on the subway. You just have to know where to look. Read more…


Predatory dinos were truly big-mouths.  Science News for Students

Many dinosaurs are known for their fearsome teeth. Allosaurus had sharp, bladelike choppers. Many were 5 to 10 centimeters (2 to 4 inches) long. Tyrannosaurus rex had bigger ones — the size of bananas. Big teeth are a plus for a predator. But unless a creature can open its mouth very wide, long teeth might actually be a good recipe for starvation. Many big-toothed species survived for millions of years, though. And that is because their jaws could open plenty wide, the better to latch on to big prey, a new study finds. Read more…




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Concerns about Earth’s fever.  Science News for Students

If you are 10 years old, you have lived through at least five of the six years that have been hottest across the globe since record-keeping began. And that was back in 1880. These extra-warm years are — in decreasing order of heat — 2014, 2010, 2013, 2005, 2009. And 2015? It’s on track to be hotter still, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, also known as NOAA. Read more…



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King Tut’s tomb: Researchers now 90% sure it contains hidden chambers. CBC News

Egypt on Saturday said there is a 90 per cent chance that hidden chambers will be found within King Tutankhamun’s tomb, based on the preliminary results of a new exploration of the 3,300-year-old mausoleum. Read more…


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Don’t forget plankton in climate change models, says study. Science Daily

Globally, phytoplankton absorb as much carbon dioxide as tropical rainforests and so understanding the way they respond to a warming climate is crucial, say scientists. Read more…


More mysterious extragalactic signals detected. Science News

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, astronomers snagged a two-for-one deal on mysterious blasts of radio waves from other galaxies. An unprecedented double burst recently showed up along with four more of these flashes, researchers report online November 25 at Read more…


Canadians back bold climate-change action, poll finds. Globe and Mail

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau heads to global climate talks in Paris with a new pledge of billions for the cause and a call for a strong international agreement, promising to follow up with a domestic plan with the provinces – and a new poll suggests that is probably in line with what Canadians want.

At the Commonwealth summit in Malta on Thursday, Mr. Trudeau grabbed a little attention by announcing that Canada will put $2.65-billion over five years into climate-change funds for developing countries – a doubling of previous funding. He announced it behind closed doors to fellow leaders with some flourish, according to aides: “I’m here today not just to say Canada’s back but to show it,” they quoted him as sayingRead more…







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