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Theory could finally explain mysterious desert ‘fairy circles’

The 'fairy circles' of Namibia - round patches of earth appearing in honeycomb patterns on the landscape - have perplexed scientists for decades. The cause of circular shapes surrounded by vegetation has been the subject of debate. Termite engineering and…

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Report: 60% of Earth’s primate species face extinction

In a massive new study, a group of 31 primatologists reviewed every identified species of primate to evaluate their status and the team found many of them are in crisis. According to the team's report in the journal Science Advances,…

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Talk to your kids about science– It can make them smarter

Having parents who speak with them about the importance of science, math, and technology can encourage teenagers to pursue careers in STEM-related fields, and can actually boost their scores on aptitude tests, researchers from the  University of Chicago report in…

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2016 was Earth’s hottest year– for the third year in a row

Despite argument in some circles that climate change is nothing more than a hoax, 2016 marked the third straight year of record-setting heat, statistics released Wednesday by scientists at NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have confirmed.…

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New moth species with weird ‘hair’ named after Donald Trump

President-elect Donald J. Trump hasn’t even taken his oath of office yet, but as the Washington Post reported earlier this week, he’s already having an impact on the scientific world – not with his policies, but with his resemblance to…

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Why do we even need men? Female shark reproduces without male contact for years

Guys – who needs ‘em, right ladies? Well, apparently not the female zebra shark (Stegostoma fasciatum), which was recently found to be capable of reproducing without any male contact for a period of years. According to a new paper published…

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VIDEO: Massive 15 foot gator spotted in Florida nature preserve

A massive alligator has become an Internet sensation after a video showing the creature out on a stroll through a Florida nature preserve went viral, with CBS News reporting that the footage had already been shared on social media more…

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Brain laser sparks ‘killer’ predatory instinct in mice

The neurological source of hunting instincts may originate from two teams of neurons nestled deep in the forebrain of most vertebrates, according to a new study published in the journal Cell. In the study, researchers found triggering these specific sets…

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Scientists capture first footage of incredibly rare Ruby Seadragon in the wild

A brilliant breakthrough has been made after scientists were able to record the ruby seadragon in its natural habitat for the first time. The brightly colored fish, which is closely related to the seahorse, is native to the seas off…

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Photographer captures amazing ‘light pillars’ in Ontario sky

While it may have looked like something out of an alien invasion movie, a fantastic light show in spotted Northern Canada was sadly (or fortunately) caused by very terrestrial forces. Using his smartphone camera, Timothy Elzinga was able to capture…