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Bees are more innovative than we think

Already known for their navigational skills and ability to establish a basic culture, bumblebees are also apparently innovative creatures that can be taught to problem-solve to obtain a reward, according to new research published online this week in the journal…

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New video follows massive Antarctic ice shelf crack from the sky

Scientists with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have released new footage of a massive crack in Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf that is threatening to produce a glacier bigger than the state of Rhode Island, according to BBC News and…

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World’s oldest wild bird just hatched another egg at 66

The Laysan albatross believed to own the title of the world’s oldest known avian has hatched a new chick for the second straight year – no small feat for the approximately 66-year-old bird, as it takes approximately seven months to…

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‘Biblical’ floods hit California every 200 years–the next one is due 

The recent storms in California have been big news across the world and with good reason - a state of emergency has been declared and people have been evacuated in the tens of thousands. But what many people may be…

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Study discovers why turtles evolved to hide in their shells

The ability to quickly snatch prey, not the need for protection from predators, was probably the reason turtles developed the ability to retract their heads into their shells, according to new research published online last Thursday by the journal Scientific…

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Researchers discover new underwater continent ‘Zealandia’

We may have an eighth continent on our hands, as a new report published in the official journal of the Geological Society of America detailed the evolution of a huge underwater landmass underneath and surrounding New Zealand. Citing geophysical data,…

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Harvard scientist wants to ‘de-extinct’ the woolly mammoth. He’s getting close.

Approximately 4,000 years after it originally went extinct, the woolly mammoth may soon once again roam the Earth – sort of, according to researchers who have proposed using the CRISPR gene editing tool to create a hybrid mammoth-elephant embryo within…

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NASA spots iceberg the size of Manhattan breaking off into the ocean

The shape of Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier is changing rapidly, and concerns have been raised further by footage from NASA satellites showing a 1-mile-long chunk of ice breaking away. One of the biggest glaciers within the West Antarctic Ice Sheet,…

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First evidence of live birth in dinosaur relative discovered

Previously believed to reproduce exclusively through the laying of eggs, the group of animals that include dinosaurs and birds actually gave birth to live young at some point, according to the authors of a study published Tuesday in the journal…

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NOAA finds pollution in some of the planet’s deepest waters

Not even creatures living in some of the deepest waters in the world are free from the effects of toxic, man-made chemical pollution, according to a new study led by scientists from the UK and published Monday in the online-exclusive…