plastic

Giant ‘hotspot’ of plastic waste discovered in the Arctic Ocean

Scientists have discovered a new “hotspot” of plastic pollution accumulating in the waters of the Arctic north of Norway, and they believe that the problem will only worsen in the years ahead as melting ice due to climate change leads…

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‘Unicorn of mollusks’ found in the Philippines

A giant, black, worm-like bivalve whose existence was only known from a few dead specimens and shell fragments has at long last been discovered and investigated by a team of scientists from the US and Philippines, the University of Utah…

dino

The oldest known dinosaur relative looks a lot like a freaky crocodile

The recent discovery of 245-million-year-old fossils belonging to one of the earliest dinosaur relatives could drastically alter our understanding of these giants lizards’ origins, as the species turned out to be much larger than researchers anticipated and walked on four…

ant

No Ant Left Behind: Ants will rescue wounded colony mates

The phrase “army ant” has been used to describe multiple species of these social insects, and based on the behavior of the Megaponera analis, it isn’t difficult to see why – these well-trained warriors are committed to ensuring that no…

bleaching

Two-thirds of the Great Barrier Reef is bleached from climate change

Two-thirds of the Australia’s Great Barrier Reef – an estimated 900 mile (1,500 km) stretch of the UNESCO World Heritage Site – have been damaged by “unprecedented” bleaching over the past two years, researchers from James Cook University in Queensland…

OCTOPUS VULGARIS

Octopuses can edit their own brain genes, study finds

Octopuses have a good change of being among the world's most interesting creatures, and newly published research adds weird evolutionary habits to their noteworthy features. Evolutionary changes that benefit an organism tend to occur at the start of the molecular…

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Climate change could make flying suck even more

In addition to the threat it poses to polar ice, the sea level, countless species of animals and even the global food supply, climate change could also make flying a more harrowing experience than it already is, according to research…

cave fish

First-ever European cave fish discovered by amateur diver

The pink, scaleless and possibly blind cave loach is the first ever instance of a fish found living in a European cave, and those behind the discovery said it is most northerly species of cave fish ever found. According to…

badger burying cow

VIDEO: Watch this badger bury a whole cow by itself

While investigating the habits of scavengers in Utah’s Great Basin Desert, biologists witnessed an American badger do something no other researchers had recorded before: bury a complete calf carcass on its own. While badgers and related species often bury food…

stem cell

Japanese patient first to receive ‘reprogrammed’ stem cells from another person

In what experts are calling a major advance towards creating stem cell banks, a Japanese sexagenarian has become the first patient ever to receive cells derived from induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells donated by someone else, the journal Nature first…