This month in PLoS ONE news: Penguin populations recorded from outer space, super strength bacteria discovered in caves, and much more!
Satellite mapping provides the first comprehensive record of the Emperor Penguin population in Antarctica. Scientists found that the overall population is higher than previously estimated; however, other colonies may have disappeared altogether, most likely due to climate change. Wired Scientific American and BBC covered this article.
Strains of previously undiscovered bacteria found deep in the Lechuguilla Cave of New Mexico, show remarkably strong resistance to modern antibiotics. Scientific American, The Los Angeles Times and National Geographic covered this article.
The commonly used Body Mass Index (BMI) measure may vastly underestimate the ongoing obesity epidemic, according to new research. Read this study and more at The Huffington Post, TIME and The Los Angeles Times.
What makes a good athlete? Traits like problem solving, creativity and quick decision making are commonly referred to as “game intelligence” in sports. According to new research, professional soccer players show increased cognitive abilities, which may be linked to such athletic success. New York Times, Wired and CNN discussed this article.
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