The wiring for walking developed long before fish left the sea – These strange walking fish might teach us about the evolutionary origins of our own ability to walk.

Source: Heekyung Jung, et al. The Ancient Origins of Neural Substrates for Land Walking. Cell, 2018.

Bitcoin Mining Puts Massive Strain on Electric Power – The vast supply of electricity required to mine bitcoin is as contested as this weekend’s royal wedding. The energy-hungry cryptocurrency demands huge amounts of power to process peer-to-peer financial transactions. (Similarly, Meghan and …

Source: Alex de Vries. Bitcoin's Growing Energy Problem. Joule, 2018.

Green bones, green hearts, can’t lose: these lizards survive with toxic green blood – In New Guinea, lizards scurry around with green bones, green hearts, green tongues, and green blood. At least six species share this enigmatic trait.

Source: Zachary B. Rodriguez, Susan L. Perkins, Christopher C. Austin. Multiple origins of green blood in New Guinea lizards. Science Advances, 2018.

Trilobites: A Very Hungry Black Hole Is Found, Gorging on Stars – Astronomers in Australia say they have discovered a fast-growing black hole swallowing stars in a baby galaxy 12 billion light years from here.

Source: Christian Wolf, et al. Discovery of the most ultra-luminous QSO using Gaia, SkyMapper and WISE. arXiv, 2018.

Uncovering Roman History With Ice Cores and Lead – Lead levels in ice cores reveal the shifting fortunes of the Roman Empire.

Source: Joseph R. McConnell, et al. Lead pollution recorded in Greenland ice indicates European emissions tracked plagues, wars, and imperial expansion during antiquity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2018.

Origins of amphibian-killing fungus uncovered – A deadly fungus that has devastated amphibian populations worldwide probably originated in East Asia, new research suggests.

Source: Simon J. O’Hanlon, et al. Recent Asian origin of chytrid fungi causing global amphibian declines. Science, 2018.

Researchers claim to have transferred a memory between two sea slugs – Something was shifted that altered neural activity—was it a memory?

Source: Alexis Bédécarrats, Shanping Chen, Kaycey Pearce, Diancai Cai, David L. Glanzman. RNA from Trained Aplysia Can Induce an Epigenetic Engram for Long-Term Sensitization in Untrained Aplysia. eneuro, 2018.

Here's Why Mosquito Bites Itch for Such a Long Time – A new study found that our body's immune response could last up to seven days after a bite, which might give viruses more time to transmit and replicate.

Source: Megan B. Vogt, et al. Mosquito saliva alone has profound effects on the human immune system. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 2018.

Study suggests one-third of protected wildlife areas under intense human stress – A third of the world's protected areas for wildlife are suffering road-building, more farms and other man-made threats that are undermining goals to safeguard the diversity of life on Earth, scientists said on Thursday.

Source: Kendall R. Jones, et al. One-third of global protected land is under intense human pressure. Science, 2018.

Neutrons measured with unprecedented precision using a 'magneto-gravitational trap' – Researchers at the IU Center for the Exploration of Energy and Matter have developed a highly accurate way to measure neutron decay rates. It could provide new insight into the state of the universe after the Big Bang.

Source: R. W. Pattie, et al. Measurement of the neutron lifetime using a magneto-gravitational trap and in situ detection. Science, 2018.