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Starfish Observed To Push Out Deeply Embedded Foreign Objects Through Its Arm Tip

Yet another talent of the starfish (Asterias rubens) has been unveiled by biology students from the University of Southern Denmark: the creature can squeeze foreign particles out of its arm tips. This new research is expected to help explain how some animals can heal themselves relatively quickly. A starfish seen squeezing a foreign object through the

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Adorabilis: World’s Most Adorable Octopus Looks Like Pacman

An undocumented form of “flapjack octopus” deemed extremely cute and adorable by both scientists and people of the Internet might soon be named Opisthoteuthis adorabilis. Opisthotheusis Adorabilis. Photo credits: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. A mysterious cephalopod, described as a type of flapjack octopus, might soon be named Opisthoteuthis adorabilis. Can anyone deny that the

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New Bacterial Species Breathe & Thrive In Uranium

A new species of bacteria from the class betaproteobacteria has been discovered in an abandoned radioactive site in Colorado. The organism is deemed to be remarkable because of its ability to breathe in uranium and to thrive in harsh radioactive environments. The findings are described in a paper entitled “Spatial Distribution of an Uranium-Respiring Betaproteobacterium

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Chinese Surgeon Performs Head Transplant on Mice & Aims For Monkeys Now

Ambitious Chinese surgeon Dr. Xiaoping Ren who claims having performed around 1,000 head transplants on mice intends to carry out the same procedure on monkeys. His long-term aim is to extend the practice to humans. His statements have, unsurprisingly, received opposition from other researchers. As reported by Wall Street Journal (WSJ), the mouse receiving the

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How This Octopus Can See With Its Skin

Octopuses do an amazing job of blending into their environments: they can match the objects they mimic in terms of colour, texture, pattern and brightness. A new study, which will be published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, has shown how even more remarkable they are: their responses to light are so much more interesting

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New Study: The Zebrafish Produces Its Own Sunscreen

A new study has documented the ability of the zebrafish to generate a compound known as gadusol as a protection against harmful rays emanating from the sun. The findings have been described in the journal eLife. Scientists hope that this trait of the fish can be exploited for the benefit of humans in the future.

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Fruit Flies Might Have Building Blocks of Emotions

A new study, published in Current Biology, has revealed the possibility of flies being more ’emotionally intense’ than we would have otherwise given them credit for. The latter’s response to threats has been revealed to be more complex than the typical reflex action. Rather, the reactions of the insects have suggested that they might be having

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Opah, The First Documented Warm-Blooded Fish

Hear out, world. The first warm-blooded fish to ever have been discovered has been documented. The opah, also known as the moonfish, has been endowed with capabilities never seen in a fish before: it can generate its own body heat, and is thus faster, with higher metabolism. Nick Wegner, a fisheries biologist, shows off an

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Scientists Produce Chicken With A Dinosaur Snout in Laboratory

Scientist Bhart-Anjan Bhullar of Yale University produced a dino-chicken by modifying genes of chicken embryos to better understand the relationship between dinosaurs and modern birds. The Anchiornis dinosaur (left), and the modern chicken (right), shown to have similar beaks. The genes of a chick were modified by scientists to change its skull development with the

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Mauritius Had Other Strange Birds, Not Just The Dodo

According to a very old document written by a Dutch settler back when Mauritius was colonised, the island was home to a number of other strange birds, apart from the Dodo. Photo credits: Julian Hume/ London Natural History Museum We all naturally think of the dodo when colonised Mauritius is mentioned. The famous bird, endemic

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Origin of Bioluminescence In Millipedes Explained

Scientist Paul Marek attempted to explain the origin of bioluminescence in a species of millipede living in California. According to his study, the property evolved as a way to cope with dry environments and grew into a warning signal for predators only later. Bioluminescence in millipedes. Photo credits: National Geographic Society Expeditions Council. Millipedes residing in

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This Plant Only Grows In Diamonds Rich Soil

A geologist discovered a plant (the Pandanus candelabrum) growing in a diamond-rich medium only. This finding might help locating diamond deposits. The study has been published in the journal Economic Geology. The Pandanus candelabrum, growing in diamond-rich kimberlite soils only. Photo credits: Stephen Haggerty. A researcher from Florida International University discovered that the plant species Pandanus candelabrum’s best friend

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