Pentagon Ignores Trump’s Orders And Continues Preparing For Climate Change

By: Robin Andrews/IFLScience  The Trump administration may be peddling climate change denial, but that doesn’t mean everyone under its auspices agrees. In particular, the military understands the reality of the situation: Climate change will directly affect the country’s ability to protect itself thanks to powerful storms and unprecedented flooding and sea level rise, as well as indirectly, by stoking additional conflict…

The Majestic Long-Endangered Snow Leopard Is Not Endangered Anymore

By: McKinley Corbley/Good News Network  After decades of being listed as endangered, the status of the majestic snow leopard has finally been upgraded to “vulnerable”. The reclassification was announced this week by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) after a 3-year survey showed great improvements in their population. Thanks to improved tracking techniques, such as camera traps and…

Are Dogs Really Color-Blind?

By: Lily Feinn/The Dodo  In some ways, they actually see better than we do. Have you ever wondered what the world looks like through your dog’s eyes? For example, when you throw a red ball into a patch of green grass, what does your pup see? A popular notion suggests the world appears to dogs as outlines and shapes…

“Fanged Fish” Washes Up On Texas Beach Post-Harvey And Baffles The Internet

By:   Rosie McCall/IFL Science  A terrifying, prehistoric-looking fish was found washed up on a beach after Hurricane Harvey. A passer-by spotted the beached animal in Texas City, Texas. Preeti Desai, a science communicator for the Audubon Society, initially thought it was a sea lamprey but on closer inspection changed her mind. Speaking to Earth Tough News, Desai said the encounter was “unexpected”. “When…

Researchers: Depression May Be A Physical Illness Linked To Inflammation

By: Karla Lant/Futurism  Scientists are now calling the link between depression and inflammation caused by a faulty immune system definitive. Whether it’s causal or not, the connection opens up new avenues for treatment and new hope for sufferers. PHYSICAL ROOTS OF DEPRESSION Although current treatments for depression mostly focus on brain chemicals such as serotonin, scientists now…

This Teacher’s Neat (But Extremely Gross) Experiment For Her Students Has Gone Viral

By: James Felton/IFL Science  Teaching children to love science can be difficult. Getting kids to wash their hands can be even more so. Well, one teacher in Gray’s Creek, North Carolina, has managed to do both for her class in one foul, really gross swoop. In a post that’s gone viral on Facebook, Donna Gill Allen showed off a neat…

There’s A $100 Million Plan To Make A Synthetic Spinal Cord To End Paralysis

By: Dom Galeon/Futurism  Hugh Herr and his colleagues at MIT’s Center for Extreme Bionics want to change what it means to be disabled. As part of a $100 million, five-year project, the researchers are working on advanced prosthetics that work like real limbs, a synthetic nervous system, and more. A BOLD MISSION Some say experience is the best…