Author Archives: César Tomé

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César Tomé is the editor of Mapping Ignorance.

Specially shaped snouts help seahorses sneak up on their prey
Seahorses have a nose for prey; their unique snouts are shaped to create very little disturbance in the water, allowing them to stealthily pounce on their intended meal, according to […]

Strawberry poison frogs pass on chemical defense to offspring
Strawberry poison frogs provide chemical defenses to their tadpoles by feeding them eggs spiked with alkaloids. Researchers measured alkaloid content in the frogs during different stages of development, separating them […]

Researchers try to figure out sea worm’s blue glow
Researchers are a step closer to figuring out why a common sea worm glows blue on the shallow seafloors it calls home, thanks to a pair of experiments conducted by […]

China’s Forbidden City had rocks transported via ice sheets.
The massive stones used to build parts of China’s Forbidden City in the 15th century were pulled by several hundred workers more than 40 miles on sledges across artificial ice, researchers […]

Brains wired to be wary of snakes
The brain is wired to detect the threat of snakes, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers studied a pair of macaque monkeys born in […]

Cassini images add clues to Titan’s weather cycle
New photos from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft are giving researchers clues to the weather cycle of Titan, one of Saturn’s moons. By studying previous images, scientists think Titan has a hydrologic cycle, in […]

How science goes wrong
Scientific research has changed the world. Now it needs to change itself
The Economist
Astronomers find a “tilted” solar system
Scientists have discovered a “tilted” solar system, according to a report in Science. While looking […]

Images catch molecules moving in glass
The movement of molecules in the world’s thinnest glass has been captured in images and may help researchers better understand how the substance bends and breaks.
Live Science
Remains of water-filled asteroid found […]

Ocean health imperiled thrice over
Climate change and increases in oxygen-free “dead zones” and acidification each pose health concerns for the world’s oceans, with immediate action required, says a report from the International Programme on the State of the Ocean. […]

19 elements to have atomic weights adjusted
Aluminum, cadmium, gold and arsenic are among 19 elements that are having their atomic weights adjusted by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. More precise measurements are now available leading to […]