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Tons of corpse flowers bloomed at the end of 2016 and scientists aren’t sure why

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:01:54 +0000

Once a relatively rare occurrence, dozens of corpse flowers bloomed throughout the world last year, and scientists are puzzled as to why so many of the putrid-smelling plants suddenly started opening and releasing their powerful odors over such a short time span. According to the Huffington Post, a University of Wisconsin-Madison led study found that […]

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Theory could finally explain mysterious desert ‘fairy circles’

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:32:17 +0000

The ‘fairy circles’ of Namibia – round patches of earth appearing in honeycomb patterns on the landscape – have perplexed scientists for decades. The cause of circular shapes surrounded by vegetation has been the subject of debate. Termite engineering and the self-organization of vegetation have been two possible causes put forward. But new research, conducted by […]

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Report: 60% of Earth’s primate species face extinction

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:56:13 +0000

In a massive new study, a group of 31 primatologists reviewed every identified species of primate to evaluate their status and the team found many of them are in crisis. According to the team’s report in the journal Science Advances, 75 percent of the Earth’s primate species are declining and  60 percent are now facing […]

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Talk to your kids about science– It can make them smarter

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:03:41 +0000

Having parents who speak with them about the importance of science, math, and technology can encourage teenagers to pursue careers in STEM-related fields, and can actually boost their scores on aptitude tests, researchers from the  University of Chicago report in a new study. In fact, according to lead author Christopher S. Rozek and his colleagues, […]

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2016 was Earth’s hottest year– for the third year in a row

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:30:12 +0000

Despite argument in some circles that climate change is nothing more than a hoax, 2016 marked the third straight year of record-setting heat, statistics released Wednesday by scientists at NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have confirmed. According to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), the globally-averaged surface temperatures finished 1.78 […]

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New moth species with weird ‘hair’ named after Donald Trump

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:36:00 +0000

President-elect Donald J. Trump hasn’t even taken his oath of office yet, but as the Washington Post reported earlier this week, he’s already having an impact on the scientific world – not with his policies, but with his resemblance to a newly-discovered species of moth. The new species, Neopalpa donaldtrumpi, is described in a recent […]

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Why do we even need men? Female shark reproduces without male contact for years

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:34:45 +0000

Guys – who needs ‘em, right ladies? Well, apparently not the female zebra shark (Stegostoma fasciatum), which was recently found to be capable of reproducing without any male contact for a period of years. According to a new paper published in the journal Scientific Reports, a female zebra shark named Leonie was introduced to a […]

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VIDEO: Massive 15 foot gator spotted in Florida nature preserve

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:46:35 +0000

A massive alligator has become an Internet sensation after a video showing the creature out on a stroll through a Florida nature preserve went viral, with CBS News reporting that the footage had already been shared on social media more than 25,000 times as of Monday afternoon. The video, which was recorded by Kim Joiner […]

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Brain laser sparks ‘killer’ predatory instinct in mice

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:20:59 +0000

The neurological source of hunting instincts may originate from two teams of neurons nestled deep in the forebrain of most vertebrates, according to a new study published in the journal Cell. In the study, researchers found triggering these specific sets of neurons located in a section of the brain known as the amygdala prompted mice […]

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Scientists capture first footage of incredibly rare Ruby Seadragon in the wild

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 16:42:22 +0000

A brilliant breakthrough has been made after scientists were able to record the ruby seadragon in its natural habitat for the first time. The brightly colored fish, which is closely related to the seahorse, is native to the seas off the coast of Western Australia, where the video was captured in the Recherche Archipelago. The […]

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