Articles by Philip Ross
- Do Dogs Know How We Feel? Vocal Brain Mechanism May Allow Canines To ‘Navigate’ Human Social Environments
February 25 2014 3:42 PM
Dogs have an area of their brains dedicated to understanding vocal nuances.
- Dental Plaque Preserves Medieval Bacteria Like ‘Microbial Pompeii’
February 24 2014 7:12 PM
Researchers studying the teeth of 1,000-year-old German skeletons discovered bacteria and food particles entombed within calcified plaque.
- Global Warming ‘Hiatus’ Caused By Volcanoes’ ‘Cooling Effect,’ Study Says Eruptions Slow Global Temperature Rise
February 24 2014 4:08 PM
According to a new study of volcanoes’ effect on climate change, volcanic eruptions are the reason the average rate of global warming has slowed since 1998.
- Lemurs That Eat Fruit Have Better Memories, Study Suggests Primate Cognition Evolved Over Need To Find Food
February 24 2014 1:08 PM
New research into how primates evolved cognitive skills promotes the theory that primate and human intelligence originated from their need to meet certain challenges, like foraging for food.
- 5 Drug Lords Still At Large Following Arrest Of Sinaloa Cartel Kingpin ‘El Chapo’
February 23 2014 5:46 PM
The capture of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman marked a victory for Mexico’s war on drugs, but the battle is hardly over. Here are five other notorious Mexican drug lords still at large.
- Melting Snow And Electrocution: NYC Officials Caution People, Pets About Dangers
February 23 2014 1:31 PM
New York’s melting snow water is a perfect conductor for electricity, and it can lead to electrocution.
- Ice Covers 88% Of Great Lakes; NASA Image Shows Big Freeze
February 22 2014 7:39 PM
The last time the world’s largest group of freshwater lakes was frozen to this extent was in 1994.
- Beijing Smog Alert Hits Orange For First Time
February 22 2014 6:00 PM
Beijing faces some of its worst air pollution ever, but will the government take real action?
- Endangered Whale Gets ‘Fighting Chance’ [VIDEO]
February 22 2014 4:04 PM
Encounters with fishing gear and commercial ships an ongoing danger to whale population.
- Lemurs On The Verge Of Extinction, Primate Is 'Collateral Damage' Of 2009 Political Crisis In Madagascar
February 22 2014 2:47 PM
The puppy-eyed primates are particularly vulnerable following political turmoil following a 2009 military-led coup.
- Nun Sentenced To 3 Years For Breaking Into Nuke Complex
February 19 2014 7:20 PM
Megan Rice, 84, was arrested in 2012 for breaking into a nuclear weapons complex and vandalizing it with human blood.
- Artificial ‘Leaf’ May Be Answer To Clean Energy
February 19 2014 5:40 PM
Scientists may be one step closer to achieving cheaper and cleaner hydrogen production. A group of U.S. engineers has designed an artificial means of using solar energy to convert water into hydrogen and oxygen using an artificial “leaf.”
- Do Extreme Weather Images Affect Climate Change Effort? Photos Make Viewers Apathetic, Report Says
February 19 2014 3:47 PM
Images of extreme weather are ubiquitous in media and paint a picture of a dire end for Earth. But new research into the effects these photographs have on viewers’ minds suggests such brutal images might actually hinder climate change action.
- What Can Calico Cats Teach Us About Obesity? Feline Genetics Shed Light On How To ‘Turn Off’ Fat Gene
February 18 2014 4:36 PM
Researchers are exploring ways that feline genetics -- specifically those that control for female calico cats' unique coloring -- can help scientists identify certain patterns in sex-linked genetic diseases like obesity.
- 8-Foot Octopus Wrestles Diver Off Calif. Coast, Rare Encounter Caught On Camera [VIDEO]
February 18 2014 2:50 PM
Two divers were diving off the coast of California when a giant Pacific octopus lunged at their camera. See the video of the close encounter here.
- Chicago: $18 Billion Plan To Fight Asian Carp
February 18 2014 12:02 PM
The city is considering several plans to keep an invasive species of fish from overrunning the Great Lakes.
- Study Warns Loneliness May Shorten Your Life
February 17 2014 7:30 PM
Researchers studying the effects of loneliness on a person’s health found that those who consistently feel disconnected from others are 19 percent more likely to die early.
- Magma Temp May Help Predict Volcanic Eruptions
February 17 2014 6:27 PM
New research into how magma is stored below volcanoes suggests that much of the magma sits in a near-solid state for thousands of years and liquefies only before an eruption.
- What Is Fentanyl? Pain Killer Found In ‘Lethal’ Heroin Concoction Kills Dozens Across Eastern U.S.
February 17 2014 4:24 PM
A new and dangerous form of heroin is killing dozens of people across the eastern U.S. Dubbed “killer heroin,” the drug is spiked with fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opiate used to treat people with chronic pain.
- ‘Barbaric’ Killing Of Sea Otters Prompts Reward Offer
February 17 2014 2:27 PM
California authorities are on the hunt for the person responsible for fatally shooting three sea otters and are offering a $21,000 reward for information that leads to the culprit.