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Catching up with Science 2

by Coffee Table Science

Killing animals a regular practice in zoos 
 Zoos have always been
a grey area when it comes to animal lovers and conservationist. While some
argue that it offers a safe haven for endangered animals who have lost their
habitat in the wild, (thanks to our voracious need to spread ourselves on the
planet), some argue that confining these creatures is as good as torture. But
the argument against zoos has become stronger because of the practice of
Zoothanasia – a common practice of zoo to put down perfectly healthy animals
because they don’t fit their economical budget. You can read more about it

Animals showing morals values 

if you thought that morals and values were traits that were
exclusively human, you are gravely mistaken. Time and again, researchers,
conservationist world over come face to face with instances where animals have shown
compassion, morality a sense of right and wrong (or at least come close to it).
It just goes to show how much we really know about animals. To read further
click here.

The more we know the more mystery there is

This amazing interview published in the Scientific American
is a must read if you have even the slightest love affair with physics or even
science. In the interview John Horgan speaks to physicist Marcelo Gleiser,
where they talk about the limits of science, the paradox of technology and how
little we know.  So if you love reading
and asking philosophical questions about science and its limits, I suggest you
read this

Ants and their algorithms

Ants have always fascinated me and I have spent hours
looking at them at work (on the top of my to do list for procrastination). But
ants have always been my favourite so whenever I come across act related stuff
it gold for me. This time it’s an article looking at how ants may be using a
simple algorithm to form complex structures that are stable like the bridge. Ant
colonies consist of millions of ants and they never have a permanent home, and
when they move, they do it excellently. Click here
to read further.    

The internet of growing things

Imagine a world where you have acres and acres of
cultivation but not have a single person doing the job of a farmer. No, this is
not a plot for some sci fi story but something we may be doing in the years to
come. We are at the brink of such a future today. The internet of things has
caught up with farming integrating it into a system that is precise, keeps you
updated about the status of your plant, drones that fly over your cattle and
intimate you when they are in heat, this is something that is very much in use
today. The potential for this is great and many companies have recognised it. Click
to read further.

Weird and kinky animal sex

If you are into the whole weird animal sex story you will
really like this one. From spiders that fake their gifts just to get some
action to hippos that cover themselves in urine and faeces to appeal to the
other sex, animals come in all kinds of kinky. If you love lists and love
animals facts this
article is a must read.  

And here is a special something

Gastropod- podcast that is dwels into food- its history and science. – https://gastropod.com/

This one is a little different, it is not a read but a listen.  This is a podcast that brilliantly blends- food, science and history. So right from the journey of the ingredients on your plate to the cutlery on the side, from ancient feasts to the weird eating practices, if you love to eat, talk and hear food, this one will be a delight to listen to. Created by radio jounalist Cynthia Graber and creator of ‘edible geography’ – Nicola Twilley, they come up with brand new episodes every two weeks.   

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