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Major study shakes the roots of dinosaur family tree

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:53:17 +0000

The origins and classifications of dinosaurs as we have known them for the past century may be completely wrong, and the first such creatures may have emerged around 15 million years earlier than previously believed, claims research published this week in the journal Nature. As part of the new study, scientists from the University of […]

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430-million-year-old fossil named after Sir David Attenborough

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:46:37 +0000

An international team of researchers has found a new 430 million-year-old fossil and named it in honor of Sir David Attenborough, an icon of conservationism in the United Kingdom. The fossil is said to be ‘exceptionally well preserved in three-dimensions’, and included many soft parts of the animal, like legs, eyes and antennae. The fossil […]

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LHC discovers five new particles at the same time

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:50:14 +0000

Last week, the Large Hadron Collider beauty experiment (LHCb) reported finding a new system of five particles, all in a single analysis. Finding just one new particle is an accomplishment by itself, but finding five new states all at once is simply remarkable. “These particles have been hiding in plain sight for years, but it […]

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Scientists discover how the water bear survives in such extreme conditions

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 20:55:04 +0000

Tardigrades, the odd microscopic animals also referred to as water bears, are known for the puppet-like appearance and capacity to persist despite extreme environments and states According to a new report in the journal Cell, water bears’ uncanny survival ability can be attributed to a unique group of proteins, which the study team called tardigrade-specific […]

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Stopping global warming is the only way to save coral reefs

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:50:29 +0000

Large swaths of the Great Barrier Reef, extending for hundreds of miles along its northern section, were recently discovered to be dead, wiped out last year by water that was too warm, according to a new report in the journal Nature. Areas near the core of the reef that barely avoided destruction last year are […]

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‘Information Avoidance’ is a major problem in today’s world

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:51:47 +0000

Due at least in part to the combination of the Internet and the availability of constantly-connected phones and tablets, modern society has easier access to a greater amount of information than ever before – but as the authors of a new study have discovered, they don’t always want to use it. Writing in the Journal […]

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Study puts spiders at the top of the global predator chart

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 19:04:08 +0000

It is a long-held belief that spiders are one of the most essential categories of predators of insects, and a recent study has revealed that spiders kill 400 to 800 million tons of insects around the world each year. With over 45,000 species and a population density up to 1,000 individuals per square meter, spiders […]

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Humpback whales are gathering in huge groups, and nobody knows why

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 18:25:39 +0000

Although humpback whales are not typically known to be social creatures, preferring to swim alone or in small groups most of the time, experts have spotted so-called “super-groups” of the aquatic mammals during three recent research cruises, according to a new study. Writing in the journal PLOS One, Ken Findlay of the Cape Peninsula University […]

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These 1.6 billion year old fossils could be the oldest plants ever discovered

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:21:57 +0000

The discovery of what is believed to be fossilized, 1.6-billion-year-old red algae suggests that advanced multicellular organisms evolved far earlier than previously believed, according to the authors of a new study published online Tuesday in the journal PLOS Biology. While working near the town of Chitrakoot in central India, Stefan Bengtson, professor emeritus of paleozoology […]

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Scientists discover first ever florescent frog in South America

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 17:44:32 +0000

The South American polka dot tree frog (Hypsiboas punctatus) looks like a typical green-colored frog under normal light. However, if you shine ultraviolet light on the amphibian, it lights up in a dazzling array of bright blues and greens. According to a new report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, the […]

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