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March for Science to take place this weekend

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:14:27 +0000

This weekend, researchers and the scientifically-minded will converge on Washington DC and more than 450 locations around the world to show their support for the important work done by those in fields such as biology, ecology, astrophysics, epidemiology and nanotechnology. They will be part of the March for Science, an event first announced in January […]

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Naked mole-rats just keep getting weirder and weirder

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:46:54 +0000

Naked mole-rats are probably the weirdest and most wonderful animals in the world – and now it has been discovered they often behave more like plants than animals. Why are naked mole-rats weird and wonderful? Take the name, for starters. All animals are naked (usually), but these actually look more naked than most. The next […]

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Giant ‘hotspot’ of plastic waste discovered in the Arctic Ocean

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:25:52 +0000

Scientists have discovered a new “hotspot” of plastic pollution accumulating in the waters of the Arctic north of Norway, and they believe that the problem will only worsen in the years ahead as melting ice due to climate change leads to an increase in human activity in the region. According to Newser and AFP reports, […]

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‘Unicorn of mollusks’ found in the Philippines

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:01:35 +0000

A giant, black, worm-like bivalve whose existence was only known from a few dead specimens and shell fragments has at long last been discovered and investigated by a team of scientists from the US and Philippines, the University of Utah announced Monday in a statement. Known as the giant shipworm or Kuphus polythalamia, the creature […]

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The oldest known dinosaur relative looks a lot like a freaky crocodile

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:10:41 +0000

The recent discovery of 245-million-year-old fossils belonging to one of the earliest dinosaur relatives could drastically alter our understanding of these giants lizards’ origins, as the species turned out to be much larger than researchers anticipated and walked on four legs. Known as a Teleocrater, the creature in question was classified as an archosaur – […]

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No Ant Left Behind: Ants will rescue wounded colony mates

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:12:29 +0000

The phrase “army ant” has been used to describe multiple species of these social insects, and based on the behavior of the Megaponera analis, it isn’t difficult to see why – these well-trained warriors are committed to ensuring that no man gets left behind, according to a new study. As Erik Frank, a doctoral student […]

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Two-thirds of the Great Barrier Reef is bleached from climate change

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:52:06 +0000

Two-thirds of the Australia’s Great Barrier Reef – an estimated 900 mile (1,500 km) stretch of the UNESCO World Heritage Site – have been damaged by “unprecedented” bleaching over the past two years, researchers from James Cook University in Queensland have revealed. Aerial surveys conducted by Professor Terry Hughes, director of the ARC Centre of […]

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Octopuses can edit their own brain genes, study finds

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 21:41:13 +0000

Octopuses have a good change of being among the world’s most interesting creatures, and newly published research adds weird evolutionary habits to their noteworthy features. Evolutionary changes that benefit an organism tend to occur at the start of the molecular production process, with mutations in DNA being transcribed into RNA before being translated into an […]

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Climate change could make flying suck even more

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 16:09:13 +0000

In addition to the threat it poses to polar ice, the sea level, countless species of animals and even the global food supply, climate change could also make flying a more harrowing experience than it already is, according to research published this week in Advances in Atmospheric Sciences. The study, which was lead by University […]

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First-ever European cave fish discovered by amateur diver

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 20:50:51 +0000

The pink, scaleless and possibly blind cave loach is the first ever instance of a fish found living in a European cave, and those behind the discovery said it is most northerly species of cave fish ever found. According to a report on the discovery in the journal Current Biology, the cave loach likely split […]

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