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Jackdaws Use Pale Eyes To Communicate — A First In Non-Primates
Feb 06, 2014 17:55 PM E
Jackdaws communicate with one another using their eyes, suggests a study in Biology Letters. The birds use their eyes to tell competitors to steer clear of their nests. No non-primate has ever been shown to communicate using their eyes. Study author Gabrielle Davidson said it raises the question of whether jackdaws are the only birds to communicate in this way.
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Giant Jellyfish Found By Australian Family On Tasmanian Beach May Be New Species
Feb 06, 2014 13:01 PM E
A giant jellyfish found last month by an Australian family on a beach on the island of Tasmania may be a new species. The giant jellyfish specimen 4 feet 11 inches in diameter, and is one of three possible new lion's mane jellyfish species that have been found in Australian waters. Jellyfish expert Lisa-ann Gershwin is attempting to get the ne...
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12-Million-Year-Old Fossil Found At Calif. School May Be New Sperm Whale Species
Feb 05, 2014 17:17 PM E
A whale fossil discover hiding in plain sight on the grounds of a California private school may belong to a new type of prehistoric sperm whale. The fossil, which is located in a boulder at the Chadwick School in Palos Verdes, will be examined by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. The discovery was made by Martin Byhower, a seventh-grade teacher at Chadwick School.
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Oregon Minnow Removed From Endangered Species List Is First-Ever Delisted Fish
Feb 05, 2014 13:05 PM E
The Oregon chub, a minnow only found in the state's Willamette Valley, has been proposed for removal from the endangered species list. If its approved, the minnow will become the first fish ever removed from the list due to recovery. The minnow was rescued by a 20-year effort by a number of government agencies in partnership with private lando...
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Bill Nye Debate Live Stream: Watch 'The Science Guy' And Creationist Ken Ham Argue Evolution At 7 PM Tonight
Feb 04, 2014 16:09 PM E
Bill Nye will debate Ken Ham tonight at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky. You can watch the live stream below at 7:00 PM as Nye and Ham debate evolution and creationism, trying to answer the question “Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era?” Many have criticized Nye for agreeing to debate creationism in the first place.
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Millions Of Starfish Die Off US West Coast; Mysterious Disease Causes Starfish To Rip Their Own Arms Off
Feb 03, 2014 17:48 PM E
Millions have died from a "starfish wasting disease" that has been afflicting the ocean creatures along the west coast of the United States since June 2013. Scientists are baffled to what has caused the starfish die-off, but they suspect it is some sort of pathogen. The wasting disease is extremely deadly, causing starfish to rip their ow...
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Were Wooly Mammoths And Saber-Tooth Tigers Killed By Comet Collision?
Jan 31, 2014 16:09 PM E
A controversial 2007 study which found that a comet wiped out megafauna around 12,000 years ago is not implausible, according to a new study which recreated the earlier study. The Younger Dryas Boundary hypothesis says that nanodiamonds found along Bull Creek in Oklahoma were deposited there by a comet collision.
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Super Bowl 2014: How Will Cold Weather Affect The Game?
Jan 31, 2014 12:53 PM E
This Sunday's Super Bowl XLVIII will be played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., and will be the first cold weather Super Bowl. Cold air temperatures will affect the game slightly: the football will be less bouncy and air drag will increase. Heated benches and heat fans will keep players and coaches warm on the sidelines.
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Air Pollution In Delhi Is Even Worse Than In Beijing, Indian Study Finds
Jan 30, 2014 18:42 PM E
Air pollution in Delhi, India, is worse than in the notoriously smoggy Beijing, China, according to a new study from India. The report criticized India for failing to put into place enough safeguards to curb pollution, something which Beijing has done and had success with. Air pollution as measured by PM 2.
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Volcano-Powered Electricity: Scientists In Iceland Accidentally Drill Into Magma, Revealing Potential To Generate Power
Jan 30, 2014 15:31 PM E
Scientists in Iceland accidentally drilled into magma in 2009, which led to an experiment of harnessing magma for energy. The output of the magma was weak, only generating a fraction of what coal power produces, but it was a unique first step: scientists have only drilled into magma once before, in Hawaii in 2007.
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Flying Snakes Take On UFO Shape To Glide From Trees To The Rainforest Floor [VIDEO]
Jan 30, 2014 12:19 PM E
New research shows that flying snakes are able to glide through the air by flattening their body into a UFO-like shape. The snake pulls its ribs towards its head during flight, flattening its body to make it more aerodynamic. The study was published yesterday in the The Journal of Experimental Biology.
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Scientists Create Tough Glass That Bends And Deforms Instead Of Shattering
Jan 29, 2014 18:19 PM E
McGill University scientists have created a type of glass that bends and deforms rather than shattering. The material is inspired by the toughness of mollusk shells, the nacre of which is extraordinarily strong. The new type of glass, which is 200 times tougher than regular glass, is created by engraving 3D "micro-cracks" into the glass, ...
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Cuttlefish's Color-Changing Abilities: 'Chameleon Of The Sea' Could Inspire New Military, Cell Phone Designs
Jan 29, 2014 16:43 PM E
Harvard scientists have unlocked some more secrets about the cuttlefish, a cephalopod known as the "chameleon of the sea." The creature is capable of changing its color and pattern almost instantly, allowing it to blend into its environment and evade predators. Scientists hope to develop new military and consumer technology based on the camouflage qualities of the cuttlefish.
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The Axolotl, Mexico's 'Water Monster,' May Have Disappeared From Its Only Natural Habitat
Jan 29, 2014 13:28 PM E
The axolotl, Mexico's "water monster," may have gone extinct in the wild. The salamander-like creature only exists in Lake Xochimilco, outside of Mexico City. Pollution and invasive predators have threatened the axolotl for decades, and a recent survey of the lake turned up not one axolotl.
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