Articles by Josh Lieberman

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'Super Leech' Is Capable Of Surviving -130 Degree Temperatures For 32 Months, Could Advance Cryopreservation Research
Jan 28, 2014 18:27 PM E
Researchers in Japan have found that the "super leech" Ozobranchus jantseanus is capable of withstanding incredibly cold temperatures. The super leech, a parasite that clings to turtles in frigid waters, can survive submersion in minus-320-degree-Fahrenheit liquid nitrogen for over a 24 hours and in minus 130 degree temperatures for as much as 32 months.
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First Land Animals Evolved From Gogonasus, An Ancient Fish That Breathed Air Through Its Head
Jan 28, 2014 14:48 PM E
The ancient fish gogonasus breathed air through a hole in its head called a spiracle, according to a study published in Nature Communications. With the ability to breathe air, the fish eventually evolved into the earliest land animals, or tetrapods. According to study co-author John Lang, "We never knew what they were for so the evidence from ...
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Scientists Make Houseflies Run On Tiny Treadmills, Discover That Flies And Humans Perceive Motion The Same Way [VIDEO]
Jan 27, 2014 18:59 PM E
Stanford University scientists who placed flies on tiny treadmills and showed them videos found that the insect perceives motion in the same way as humans. Despite last sharing a common ancestor 500 million years ago, humans and flies both perceive motion by taking into account an object's brightness, speed and direction.
The Grand Canyon is 6 million years old, study suggests
How Old Is The Grand Canyon? Younger Than We Thought, New Research Suggests
Jan 27, 2014 11:24 AM E
The Grand Canyon is not as old as some scientists believe, according to a study published in the journal Nature Geoscience. Led by Karl Karlstrom of the University of New Mexico, the study found that parts of the Grand Canyon are tens of millions of years old, but that the Grand Canyon only linked together to form about six million years ago.
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Lionfish Continue To Plague Caribbean Ecosystems, But Threat Can Be Controlled
Jan 25, 2014 13:58 PM E
Lionfish ravaging the Caribbean don't need to be eradicated for native fish populations to recover, according to new research. The invasive fish simply needs to be controlled, in order to create safe havens for native fish populations to recover. Lionfish have no natural predators in the Atlantic Ocean, so the only way to kill them is using scuba divers.
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Polar Bears Forced To Hunt On Land For New Prey As Arctic Ice Shrinks
Jan 24, 2014 17:39 PM E
Polar bears in the Hudson Bay are increasingly eating land-based foods as Arctic ice shrinks. Traditionally relying on a diet of blubbery seals, polar bears are unable to hunt the animals as frequently, as they're forced to spend more time on land and less on sea ice. By consuming animals like snow geese and vegetables like mushrooms, polar be...
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A 1500-Ton Ghost Ship Infested With Cannibal Rats Is Headed Towards UK Shores (Maybe)
Jan 23, 2014 19:08 PM E
The Lyubov Orlova cruise ship is infested with cannibal rats and headed for the the UK. That's the fear, at least, surrounding the old cruise ship which became untethered from a tugboat one year ago. Little has been heard from, or seen of, the "ghost ship" since then. Salvage crews are eager to capture the ship, which is worth about $1 million in scrap.
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River Dolphin Discovered In Brazil Marks The First New River Species Since 1918; Sadly, It's Already Endangered
Jan 23, 2014 15:50 PM E
A new species of Brazil river dolphin has been discovered in the Araguaia River basin. While the existence of the dolphin was already known to scientists, they didn't realize until now that it is a unique species, Inia araguaiaensis. The river dolphin study appears this week in PLoS One.
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Spider Species Makes Sculptures Of Itself With Leaves And Insect Corpses, Possibly As Predator Decoy
Jan 22, 2014 19:15 PM E
Spiders creating fake versions of themselves have been caught on video for the first time. In 2012, spiders were found in both Peru and the Philippines creating fake versions of themselves, perhaps as predator decoys. Scientists aren't sure whether the same species builds these fake spiders or whether it’s a more common spider technique that's gone unnoticed until now.
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Oculus Rift 'Gender Swap': Virtual Reality Headset Lets You Change Bodies With Your Partner [NSFW VIDEO]
Jan 22, 2014 16:18 PM E
"Gender Swap," an Oculus Rift art experiment taking place in Sabadell, Spain, allows users to see what life is like through their partner's body. In the virtual reality experiment, which was created by the group The Machine To Be Another, a user mimic the movements of her partner, seeing what her partner sees while hearing her voice as well.
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One-Quarter Of The World's Sharks And Rays Are At Risk Of Extinction, IUCN Study Finds
Jan 21, 2014 19:14 PM E
One-quarter of all shark, ray and chimaera species will become threatened or extinct in just decades, according to an International Union for the Conservation of Nature study that involved 302 researchers in 64 countries. Among the most threatened species are thresher sharks, sawfishes and angel sharks. The researchers say that overfishing has led to the depletion of shark and ray species.
Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Batteries That Run On Sugar Could Be In Gadgets In Just 3 Years
Jan 21, 2014 16:22 PM E
A sugar battery developed by Virginia Tech researchers could be in cell phones and tablets in just three years, the battery's creators say. The biodegradable battery could saved billions of batteries from clogging up landfills every year. While sugar batteries have been developed before, they haven't been able to last long between charges.
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Sperm-Like 'Bio-Bots' Made Of Polymer And Heart Cells May Deliver Targeted Medicine One Day
Jan 20, 2014 14:06 PM E
University of Illinois scientists have created a "bio-bot" capable of moving through the viscous fluid of a biological body. Made up of flexible polymer and heart cells, the bio-bot could be used one day to deliver targeted payloads of medicine. A study on the sperm-like bio-bots was published in Nature Communications.
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Ant Colony Sent To The International Space Station; Experiment Will Show How Insects Forage In Microgravity
Jan 20, 2014 11:04 AM E
A colony of ants has been sent to the International Space Station, where the ants will be studied for how they respond to microgravity. Ants adapt their foraging behavior based on how many ants are in the area. They have difficulty walking and communicating with one another in microgravity; studying them could shed light on how search-and-rescue ro...
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