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  • The genetics of regeneration: Study uncovers genes that control process of whole-body regeneration

    03/15/2019 6:16:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 59 replies ^ | March 14, 2019 | By Peter Reuell Harvard Staff Writer
    When it comes to regeneration, some animals are capable of amazing feats. If you cut off a salamander’s leg, it will grow back. When threatened, some geckos drop their tails to distract their predator, only to regrow them later. Other animals take the process even further. Planarian worms, jellyfish, and sea anemones can actually regenerate their bodies after being cut in half. Led by Assistant Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Mansi Srivastava, a team of researchers is shedding new light on how animals pull off the feat, along the way uncovering a number of DNA switches that appear to...
  • Mysterious new orca species likely identified (plus video)

    03/08/2019 4:07:49 AM PST · by blueplum · 31 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 07 Mar 2019 | Douglas Main
    At the bottom of the world, in some of the roughest seas, live mysterious killer whales that look very different from other orcas. Now, for the first time, scientists have located and studied these animals in the wild. The orcas are “highly likely” to be a new species, says Robert Pitman, a researcher with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The scientific team made the finding in January about 60 miles off the coast of Cape Horn, Chile..
  • Venus flytraps kill with chemicals like those from lightning bolts

    11/12/2018 9:00:45 AM PST · by ETL · 21 replies ^ | Nov 12, 2018 | Richard A. Lovett
    PORTLAND, OREGON—Venus flytraps have a well-known way of dispatching their victims: They snare inquisitive insects that brush up against trigger hairs in their fly-trapping pods (above). But now, physicists have discovered that the triggering process may involve the release of a cascade of exotic chemicals similar to the whiff of ozone that tingles your nose after a lightning bolt. To study this process, scientists used an electrical generator to ionize air into a “cold plasma,” which they then gently blew toward a flytrap in their lab. Normally, the flytrap’s closure is caused by an electrical signal created when two or...
  • World's biggest bee found alive

    02/21/2019 5:27:21 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 57 replies
    BBC ^ | 21 Feb 2018 | Helen Briggs
    The giant bee - which is as long as an adult's thumb - was found on a little-explored Indonesian island. "It was absolutely breathtaking to see this 'flying bulldog' of an insect that we weren't sure existed anymore, to have real proof right there in front of us in the wild," There are currently no legal protections around its trade.
  • Great white sharks likely pushed the massive megalodon to extinction

    02/14/2019 4:31:58 PM PST · by jonascord · 27 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | February 13, 2019 | [BGR News] Mike Wehner
    Taking a dip in the ocean and coming face to face with a predator of the deep would be enough to scare anyone. Modern day great white sharks are intimidating creatures, but they wouldn’t have held a candle to the ancient super-sized beast known as megalodon. The long-extinct shark has been the subject of many research efforts in the past, with scientists attempting to determine when and where it lived, and perhaps even figure out why it’s no longer around. Now, new fossil evidence suggests that the colossal creature actually died off quite a bit earlier than was originally thought,...
  • Discovery of the oldest evidence of mobility on Earth

    02/14/2019 5:18:00 PM PST · by Simon Green · 17 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 02/11/19
    An international and multi-disciplinary team coordinated by Abderrazak El Albani at the Institut de chimie des milieux et matériaux de Poitiers (CNRS/Université de Poitiers) has uncovered the oldest fossilised traces of motility. Whereas previous remnants were dated to 570 million years ago, this new evidence is 2.1 billion years old. They were discovered in a fossil deposit in Gabon, where the oldest multicellular organisms have already been found (1). These results appear in the 11 February 2019 edition of PNAS. A few years ago, geologist Abderrazak El Albani and his team at the Institut de chimie des milieux et matériaux...
  • Great white sharks likely pushed the massive megalodon to extinction

    02/14/2019 1:04:05 PM PST · by EveningStar · 36 replies
    BGR ^ | February 13, 2019 | Mike Wehner
    Taking a dip in the ocean and coming face to face with a predator of the deep would be enough to scare anyone. Modern day great white sharks are intimidating creatures, but they wouldn’t have held a candle to the ancient super-sized beast known as megalodon. The long-extinct shark has been the subject of many research efforts in the past, with scientists attempting to determine when and where it lived, and perhaps even figure out why it’s no longer around. Now, new fossil evidence suggests that the colossal creature actually died off quite a bit earlier than was originally thought,...
  • Terrifying moment diver comes face to face with mysterious 30-foot 'sea serpent'

    02/12/2019 1:37:56 PM PST · by ETL · 16 replies
    The Sun ^ | Feb 12, 2019
    Ben Laurie, 21, encountered the bizarre creature while diving near Cape Brett on New Zealand's North Island. ..." Ben, who has years of experience in the water and is an ambassador for the WildBlue dive shop, said he had seen nothing like it. He added: "I didn't know what it was at the time, so it was quite a confusing thing. "We get these little like plankton build-ups – they're like small stringy things but they're only like 20 cm. (7.8 inches) long – so I thought it was just a large one of them. "But one of the guys...
  • Netflix Is Rebooting Unsolved Mysteries, the OG True Crime Show

    01/20/2019 12:26:32 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    TV Guide ^ | January 18, 2019 | Liam Mathews
    The mystery of whether or not there will be an Unsolved Mysteries reboot has been solved: Netflix is bringing back the cult classic investigation show. Deadline first reported the news. The 12-episode reboot will keep the original series' format of interviews and reenactments to investigate true crime and paranormal cases, updated for the streaming era. Stranger Things executive producer Shawn Levy will produce Unsolved Mysteries for his company 21 Laps, alongside the show's creators John Cosgrove and Terry Dunn Meurer. Over 500 episodes of Unsolved Mysteries have been produced for various networks. The show's original and longest run was from...
  • Scientists mysterious Antarctic lake...buried under 3,500 feet of ice

    01/18/2019 9:23:31 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 56 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 18 January 2019 | Mark Prigg
    Full Title: "Scientists find preserved animal carcasses in mysterious Antarctic lake 'twice the size of Manhattan' buried under 3,500 feet of ice" Scientists in Antarctica have found preserved carcasses of tiny animals in a mysterious lake buried under more than 3,500 feet of ice. Mercer Subglacial Lake is a hydraulically active lake that lies more 1000m beneath the Whillans Ice Plain, a fast moving section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Researchers managed to drill into the lake for the first time earlier this year, and have now revealed they found signs of life. According to Nature, researchers found the...
  • Divers spot the world’s largest ever recorded great white shark - 2.5 ton ‘Deep Blue’ [tr]

    01/17/2019 6:16:12 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 17, 2019 | George Martin
    A pair of divers have taken part in a daring photoshoot with the biggest great white shark on the planet after it was spotted swimming near Hawaii. The enormous predator known as 'Deep Blue', is believed to weigh around 2.5tons and measure up to 20 ft , was first seen by Mark Mohler and Kimberly Jeffries, who are both divers and photographers, on Sunday last week. And the pair soon leapt into the water to take a closer look at the creature as she fed on a dead sperm whale, around nine miles from the coast off the Hawaiian island...
  • Man says he was shot after being mistaken for Bigfoot

    12/19/2018 6:26:50 AM PST · by Gamecock · 32 replies
    KFBB ^ | 12/18/2018
    HELENA- A man in Helena is claiming to have been shot at after being mistaken for Bigfoot. Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office tells us a man was target practicing in the North Hills when he was forced to take cover after shots were fired in his direction. Once the bullets stopped flying, the man claims he approached the shooter to try to get an explanation. "[The shooter] said, 'I was out hunting Bigfoot.' Thought he was Bigfoot, and he said no he wasn't Bigfoot, and then the guy said you should be wearing orange. It seemed like a non-emotional...
  • Eleven Year-old boy Face to face with Bigfoot

    12/07/2018 9:18:18 PM PST · by Fai Mao · 44 replies
    You Tube ^ | Oct 11, 2018 | Dixie Crypid
    A good story, whether you believe it or not. Nice story about hunting
  • Spider moms spotted nursing their offspring with milk

    11/29/2018 3:55:33 PM PST · by ETL · 39 replies ^ | Nov 29, 2018 | Elizabeth Pennisi
    On a summer night in 2017, Chen Zhanqi made a curious find in his lab in China’s Yunnan province. In an artificial nest, he spotted a juvenile jumping spider attached to its mother in a way that reminded him of a baby mammal sucking its mother’s teats. On closer inspection, the spider mom really seemed to be doting on her young, he says. “She had to invest so much in caring for the baby.” Further study by Chen and Quan Rui-Chang, behavioral ecologists at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’s Center for Integrative Conservation in Menglunzhen, confirmed the jumping spider females...
  • Giant Siberian Rhinoceros Lived alongside Early Modern Humans

    11/29/2018 10:37:04 AM PST · by ETL · 11 replies ^ | Nov 28, 2018 | News Staff / Source
    For a long time it was believed that a giant rhinoceros called Elasmotherium sibericum went extinct around 200,000 years ago — well before the Quaternary megafaunal extinction event, which saw the end of the woolly mammoth, Irish elk and saber-toothed cat. Now improved dating of fossils suggests that the species survived in Eastern Europe and Central Asia until at least 39,000 years ago, overlapping in time with the existence of early modern humans. Today there are just five surviving rhinoceros species, although in the past there have been as many as 250 species at different times.Weighing up to 3.5 tons, Elasmotherium...
  • Mysterious sea creature draws 'alien' comparisons with its sharp teeth, spiky skin

    11/29/2018 9:25:16 AM PST · by ETL · 26 replies ^ | Nov 29, 2018 | Jennifer Earl
    Hanna Mary was strolling along a beach with her mom and pup close behind when she spotted what she first believed was plastic sheeting. After a rough storm hit Canterbury, New Zealand, last week, Mary anticipated piles of "rubbish" would wash ashore. But when she inspected the bizarre-looking object Saturday at a Rakaia Huts beach, shrieking after she realized it wasn't just another piece of trash — it was the skeleton of an "alien"-like critter. "When I pulled it out and saw all the teeth and barbs I was convinced it was a rare deep sea creature," Mary told Fox News. "I...
  • 'Ravenous, Hairy Ogre' Microbe May Represent Entirely New Branch on the Tree of Life

    11/24/2018 10:13:14 AM PST · by ETL · 30 replies ^ | November 19, 2018 | Mindy Weisberger, Senior Writer
    Scientists recently detected two previously unknown species of microbes in a Canadian dirt sample, and the specimens were so unusual that the researchers had to reorganize the tree of life to make room for them. The microbes, also known as protists, belong to a group with the tongue-twisting name hemimastigotes, and the first-ever genetic analysis of these peculiar microorganisms revealed that they were even stranger than anyone suspected. Hemimastigotes, first observed in the 1800s, were previously classified as a phylum within a much larger group known as a super-kingdom, though it was unclear where exactly they belonged. But new DNA...
  • Creepy 'Smiling' Worm Pulled from Bottom of the Sea

    11/24/2018 6:21:47 AM PST · by ETL · 38 replies ^ | Nov 21, 2018 | Yasemin Saplakoglu, Staff Writer
    Russian fisherman Roman Fedortsov has a habit of pulling ghoulish and bizarre creatures from the deep sea. And his recent trawl did not disappoint: Fedortsov recently captured an eerily "smiling" sea worm. In a video Fedortsov posted on Twitter last week, the creature's clown-smile turns creepy as it seemingly morphs inside out in time with an uncanny, high-pitched noise added by the fisherman. (This is not a noise the creature is making.) "If the creature could scream, it would scream like this," Fedortsov wrote in the post. ..." Bristle worms are so named because they have small bristles called chaetae...
  • Deep-sea creatures at volcanic vent

    12/28/2011 8:21:06 AM PST · by decimon · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | December 27, 2011 | Rebecca Morelle
    Remarkable images of life from one of the most inhospitable spots in the ocean have been captured by scientists.Researchers have been surveying volcanic underwater vents - sometimes called black smokers - in the South West Indian Ridge in the Indian Ocean. The UK team found an array of creatures living in the super-heated waters, including yeti crabs, scaly-foot snails and sea cucumbers. They believe some of the species may be new to science.
  • Mysterious 26-foot worm-like sea creature stuns divers

    11/14/2018 1:06:13 PM PST · by DFG · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/14/2018 | James Rogers
    Two divers in New Zealand found themselves face-to-face with a strange 26-foot worm-like sea creature recently. Caters reports that the hollow, wind-sock-like creature was found by friends Steve Hathaway and Andrew Buttle, who were diving off the coast of Whakaari, a stratovolcano on New Zealand’s White Island. In the video, the pulsating and shuddering worm can be seen changing shape as it moves slowly through the water. The strange creature has been identified as a Pyrosome, a bioluminescent mass made up of hundreds of thousands of organisms that feed on plankton. Pyrosomes are actually colonies made up of individual pyrosome...