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Category: Plants & Animals

Pollen Might Be Helping in the Process of Cloud Formation

With rain, dead lands are brought back to life to sprout flowers of all kinds, and it seems that the latter return the favour: a new research has shown that pollen from flowers might be aiding in the process of cloud formation that is ultimately responsible for rainfall. The findings were published in the journal

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Creepy Species of Catfish Found Climbing In A Cave

Researchers have spotted individuals of a species of catfish, the Chaetostoma microps, climbing a nearly vertical flowstone waterfall in a cave system. The findings have been published in the journal Subterranean Biology. Chaetostoma microps A group of international researchers stumbled upon a peculiar and spectacular discovery when they set out to make an inventory of the

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Bumblebees Drink Nicotine To Heal Parasitic Infections

Bumblebee species Bombus impatiens appear to regulate parasitic infections by consuming nectar that contains nicotine. The drug seems to account for a significant decrease in parasites gnawing at the bees. However, the medicine is found to be costly: the nicotine might be affecting the bees’ appetite adversely. Humans are not the only ones who take

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Giant Snake-Like Creature Filmed In The Sea

An enormous tubular ‘creature’ has been spotted in the sea. Is it a new species so far unidentified? It looks like a giant snake-like animal, navigating its way through the waters. The tubular creature (Pyrostremma spinosum). Screenshot from Eaglehawk Dive’s YouTube video/ Michael Baron It looks like a huge inflatable tube, or like a sea-snake. Experts

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Scientists Create A Tearless Onion

What would be one of the dream vegetables to have in the kitchen? Tearless onions would surely feature on this list, wouldn’t it?! As a matter of fact, this might soon become reality. A tearless, relatively less pungent onion has been allegedly made by a Japanese food manufacturing company, House Foods Group. The team of scientists

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Scientists Manipulated The Memories Of Sleeping Mice

Manipulating memories perhaps sounds too good to be true. But, scientists from the National Center for Scientific Research (CRNS) in France have succeeded in tampling with those of sleeping mice by inserting false cheerful memories using electrode stimulation. The findings have been published in the journal Nature Neuroscience. The team of researchers created positive feelings

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Shape Shifter Frog With Amazing Ability To Change Its Skin Texture

Camouflage is essential for a number of species to escape potential attack from their predators; it allows them to blend in their environment without being noticed so that they do not fall prey to other organisms in their ecosystems. New to the list, a species of frog named Pristimantis mutabilis with the ability to change

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How Shrimps Become Cannibals Due To A Parasite

A new study has shown that infection by parasites might be enhancing cannibalism in shrimps. The results suggest that parasitism may cause the host to increasingly take to cannibalistic behaviour. Parasitism is described as the interaction between two organisms whereby the parasite inhabits the host’s body, feeding on it or deriving some other benefit such that

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Blue Blood: Here Is How Antarctic Octopuses Survive in Cold Seas

An octopus species living in the Antarctica has a specific tragedy to survive and live in the ice-cold water. Oxygen supply to its tissues has been documented in a scientific paper published in the journal Frontiers in Zoology. The octopus is said to effectively transport oxygen in its blood via a specialised blood pigment known

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Mosquitoes Walk On Water Thanks To Its Leg Segment Known As Tarsus

A new study has provided more insight into the effortless manner in which insects like mosquitoes and water striders are able to walk on water. The secret seems to lie in the leg segment known for its great flexibility called the tarsus. The findings have been published in the journal AOP Advances this week. Water

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‘Cat Music’ Is Therapeutic To Cats, Says New Study

It is undeniable that listening to music generates an effect on us, though people might differ whether the effect is beneficial or not. Now, what about animals? A team of scientists have set out to determine the effect of music on cats. The paper was published in the journal Applied Animal Behavioural Science. Do cats

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Female Stick Insects Go To Extremes to Avoid Sex

Some women just can’t stand men; they would rather be alone than being in the company of men. The same goes for some female stick insects: they do their best to keep the males away. They don’t even need the men for reproduction; they counter this predicament by cloning themselves. They even go the extra

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