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Here’s Why Pandas Are Black & White

Ever wondered why pandas are black and white? New scientific findings suggest possible explanations in terms of camouflage and communication. The paper is published in Behavioral Ecology. We all know the meme that describes the panda as not being racist because it is black, white, and Asian! But, did you ever stop and think as to

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Monster Worm With Big Jaws Discovered in Canada

A giant, extinct monster-worm with threatening jaws has been discovered in the Royal Ontario Museum, Canada. The findings are documented in the journal Scientific Reports. An enormous, primordial worm of unknown species has been found in the Canadian museum by an international team of researchers. The remains of the worm were discovered in an ancient

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Baby Dinos Lived in Eggs for 3-6 Months

Dinosaur babies stayed in their eggs for 3 to 6 months, much longer than scientists previously thought. The new findings, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, might help explain the extinction of the powerful predators. Dinosaurs are long gone, leaving behind only remnants of themselves in mysteriously-massive fossilised body parts that

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Giant Chinese Wolf-Otter Discovered

A Chinese giant otter has been discovered for the first time, says a new study published in the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology which draws a parallel between the creature and a wolf in terms of size. But, no, you cannot travel to see the wolf-otter anymore—it has been extinct for millions of years now. Ancient Family of Otters

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Artificial Mini Lungs Successfully Transplanted into Mice

Scientists can now grow artificial, but human-like, mini lungs, and place them into mice! The findings, published in eLife, could constitute a weapon against lung disease. These tiny lungs are similar to human cells in various aspects. Senior author Jason Spence describes them as being “indistinguishable from human adult tissue“. The mini organs were made through

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These Parasitic Plants Steal The Host Genes To Attack

Parasitic plants steal their victims’ genes as a mode of attack, says a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Parasitism is one of the many interactions between organisms in nature. A parasite is, basically, a living thing requiring the body of another living thing (the host) to function

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The Amazonian Frog Has Its Own Ant Repellent

A yellow-striped frog from the Amazon has a special way to live among leaf-cutting ants without getting bitten by them. Furthermore, the ants will even ‘protect’ it from other frogs and animals. These findings have been documented in a paper published in the journal Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. The clever little Amazonian frog (scientific name:

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Grow Your Own Food From Plant Cells In Your Very Own Kitchen

The future might come with days where we won’t even need plants to have our food as technology can help us grow food ingredients using plant cells in a bioreactor, says a study led by researchers from Finland. The team from Finland has created an appliance, called CellPod, made up of plant cells inside a

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Jumping Spiders Can Hear You Across the Room!

Jumping spiders can hear you from a great distance, says a new study published in the journal Current Biology. You know how insects are featured with incredible sensory abilities in horror movies, right? Or, how Peter Parker turns into a superhero with enhanced senses after being bitten by a (radioactive) spider?! Well, we might be

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New Study Proves That Birds Are Like Human Musicians

Songbirds are not much different from human musicians, says a new study that has brought together biologists, neuroscientists, musicians, and engineers. The paper is published in Royal Society Open Science. We all know that birds can be specially melodious, nature’s very own singers. Well, this is actually a scientifically accurate statement, according to a new paper written

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You Can Teach Pigeons How to Read – Here Is How

You can teach pigeons how to read, says a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The birds can even differentiate actual words from other ‘nonsense’ sounds. A group of 18 pigeons were initiated to distinguish between words by a team of scientists from New Zealand’s University of Otago. The learning

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Unbelievably Some Dolphins Breath Through Their Mouth

Some dolphins breathe in from their mouth, and not from their blowhole! A new study conducted by a team of scientists from the University of Otago focuses on a dolphin species from New Zealand. This paper contradicts what is normally thought to be common knowledge concerning dolphins that they breathe through the blowhole found on

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