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  • Researchers discover a flipping crab feeding on methane seeps
    on February 20, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    Researchers have documented a group of tanner crabs vigorously feeding at a methane seep on the seafloor off British Columbia -- one of the first times a commercially harvested species has been seen using this energy source. […]

  • Scientists solve mystery of a fish called Mary's 'virgin' birth
    on February 20, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    A female stickleback fish, nick-named 'Mary,' has produced offspring from eggs that appear to have been fertilized while they were still inside her, according to scientists. […]

  • Marsupial lived among Arctic dinosaurs
    on February 19, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    A research team has discovered a previously unknown species of marsupial that lived in Alaska's Arctic during the era of dinosaurs, adding a vivid new detail to a complex ancient landscape. The thumb-sized animal, named Unnuakomys hutchisoni, lived in the Arctic about 69 million years ago during the late Cretaceous Period. […]

  • Lobster's underbelly is as tough as industrial rubber
    on February 19, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    Flip a lobster on its back, and you'll see that the underside of its tail is split in segments connected by a translucent membrane that appears rather vulnerable when compared with the armor-like carapace that shields the rest of the crustacean. But engineers have found that this soft membrane is surprisingly tough, with a microscopic, layered, plywood-like structure that makes it remarkably tolerant to scrapes and cuts. […]

  • 20-million-year-old tusked sea cow is Central America's oldest marine mammal
    on February 19, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    A researcher searching the shoreline of the Panama Canal for fossil plants instead found an ancient sea cow. An 'emergency fossil excavation' due to rising water levels yielded a remarkably complete skeleton of a new genus and species of dugong, estimated to be about 20 million years old, the first evidence of a marine mammal from the Pacific side of the canal. […]

  • Climate-friendly labriculture depends on an energy revolution
    on February 19, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    In a first-of-its-kind study, the climate-change impact of several production methods for lab-grown and farmed beef was assessed accounting for the differing greenhouse gases produced. The new projections reveal that over the long term, cultured meat production methods requiring large energy inputs could increase global warming more than some types of cattle farming if energy systems remain dependent on fossil fuels. […]

  • Virus-infected bacteria could provide help in the fight against climate change
    on February 17, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Understanding the relationship between microbes and viruses is beneficial not only for medical research and practical applications but also in marine biology, say researchers. […]

  • 'Seeing' tails help sea snakes avoid predators
    on February 15, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    New research has revealed the fascinating adaptation of some Australian sea snakes that helps protect their vulnerable paddle-shaped tails from predators. […]

  • Dog burial as common ritual in Neolithic populations of north-eastern Iberian Peninsula
    on February 14, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Coinciding with the Pit Grave culture (4200-3600 years before our era), coming from Southern Europe, the Neolithic communities of the north-eastern Iberian Peninsula started a ceremonial activity related to the sacrifice and burial of dogs. The high amount of cases that are recorded in Catalonia suggests it was a general practice and it proves the tight relationship between humans and these animals, which, apart from being buried next to them, were fed a similar diet to humans'. […]

  • Giant 'megalodon' shark extinct earlier than previously thought
    on February 13, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    'Megalodon' -- a giant predatory shark that has inspired numerous documentaries, books and blockbuster movies -- likely went extinct at least one million years earlier than previously thought, according to new research. This is a substantial adjustment as it means that O. megalodon likely went extinct long before a suite of strange seals, walruses, sea cows, porpoises, dolphins and whales all disappeared sometime about 1-2.5 million years ago. […]

  • New tarantula species from Angola distinct with a one-of-a-kind 'horn' on its back
    on February 12, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    A new to science species of tarantula with a peculiar horn-like protuberance sticking out of its back was recently identified in central Angola, a largely underexplored country located at the intersection of several Afrotropical ecoregions. […]

  • Marine snail venom could improve insulin for diabetic patients
    on February 12, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    Researchers detailed the function of cone snail insulins, bringing them one step closer to developing a faster-acting insulin to treat diabetes. […]

  • New deep sea animal discoveries warrant expanded protections in Costa Rican waters
    on February 11, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    Scientists surveyed deep-sea seamounts outside Isla del Coco UNESCO World Heritage site revealing coral communities with surprising diversity. […]

  • Sea snakes that can't drink seawater
    on February 8, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    New research shows that pelagic sea snakes quench their thirst by drinking freshwater that collects on the surface of the ocean after heavy rainfall. […]

  • Who's listening? Mosquitoes can hear up to 10 meters away
    on February 7, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Mosquitoes can hear over distances much greater than anyone suspected, according to new research. […]

  • Fish Appear to Recognize Themselves in the Mirror
    on February 7, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    The cleaner wrasse fish (Labroides dimidiatus), responds to its reflection and attempts to remove marks on its body during the mirror test -- a method considered the gold standard for determining self-awareness in animals. The finding suggests that fish might possess far higher cognitive powers than previously thought, and ignites a high-stakes debate over how we assess the intelligence of animals that are so unlike ourselves. […]

  • Putting female mosquitoes on human diet drugs could reduce spread of disease
    on February 7, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Researchers report that they have identified drugs that can reduce mosquito hunger for blood. Because movement of female mosquitoes from human to human -- male mosquitoes do not consume blood -- is the means by which mosquito-borne infections are passed along, researchers have theorized that reducing the frequency with which female mosquitoes feed is one way to lessen the spread of disease. […]

  • Bees can do basic arithmetic
    on February 7, 2019 at 1:03 am

    Researchers set out to test whether bees could do math, building on a groundbreaking finding that bees understand the concept of zero. The new study shows bees can be taught to recognize colors as symbolic representations for addition and subtraction, and use this information to solve arithmetic problems. The revelation that even the miniature brain of a honeybee can grasp basic mathematical operations has implications for the future development of AI. […]

  • Beaked whales' incredible diving abilities confirmed
    on February 6, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    A new study provides the first record of the diving behavior of Cuvier's beaked whales in US Atlantic waters. The species is Earth's deepest-diving mammal but spends very little recovery time at the surface. The new data, from 5,926 dives recorded off Cape Hatteras, N.C., shows them routinely diving more than a mile while holding their breath for over an hour. These whales push the limits of mammalian physiology. […]

  • Fossils of new oviraptorosaur species discovered in Mongolia
    on February 6, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    A new oviraptorosaur species from the Late Cretaceous was discovered in Mongolia. […]

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