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Scientists discover how the water bear survives in such extreme conditions

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…

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Stopping global warming is the only way to save coral reefs

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…

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

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…

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Study puts spiders at the top of the global predator chart

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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Scientists discover first ever florescent frog in South America

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…

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Half of arctic sea ice loss is due to natural variation, study finds

Mountains of scientific evidence have shown the remarkable decrease of Arctic sea ice in recent decades, which has actually outpaced many models of climate change. A new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change has found a considerable slice…

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Antarctic ice turns green as St. Patrick’s Day approaches 

NASA's Earth Observatory has released an intriguing image of green-tinged ice in Antartica's Granite Harbor, a cove near the Ross Sea. The image prompted NASA to clarify that this was not a huge St. Patrick's Day stunt to dye the water…

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Neanderthals were vegetarian– and probably kissed early humans

Neanderthals likely consumed a plant-based diet that included mushrooms and pine nuts, while also self-medicating with penicillin and a form of aspirin, according to a new analysis of dental calculus led by an international team of researchers and published in…