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Accidental deaths of endangered whale threatens its survival

A high number of accidental deaths this year among the endangered North Atlantic right whale threaten the survival of the species, according to conservation groups and marine scientists. Researchers examine one of the North Atlantic right whales that have died in the Gulf of St. Lawrence  [Credit: The Canadian Press//HO- Marine Animal Response Society]The right whales, which summer off of …Continue reading →


Friend or foe? Global megafauna study calls for conservation rethink

It’s hard to imagine an Australia ruled by hippopotamus-sized wombats (Diprotodon) and three-metre-tall kangaroos (Procoptodon golian). The continent lost all native megafauna to the Pleistocene extinctions, tens of thousands of years ago. Australia is home to the world’s only population of wild dromedary camels [Credit: Arian Wallach]Remarkably, however, eight species of introduced megafauna now call Australia home and some of …Continue reading →


Cosmic magnifying lens reveals inner jets of black holes

Astronomers using Caltech’s Owens Valley Radio Observatory (OVRO) have found evidence for a bizarre lensing system in space, in which a large assemblage of stars is magnifying a much more distant galaxy containing a jet-spewing supermassive black hole. The discovery provides the best view yet of blobs of hot gas that shoot out from supermassive black holes. Illustration shows a …Continue reading →


3D print and assemble Anouk Wipprecht illuminated High Tech Edelweiss necklace

Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht is hands down one of our favorite innovators within the fashion-tech field, having come up with such original designs as the 3D printed Smoke Dress, the 3D printed Spider Dress, and the ever amusing Drinkbot 3D printed cocktail dress. via,


Seven complete specimens of new flower, all 100 million years old

A Triceratops or Tyrannosaurus rex bulling its way through a pine forest likely dislodged flowers that 100 million years later have been identified in their fossilized form as a new species of tree. Tropidogyne pentaptera [Credit: Oregon State University]George Poinar Jr., professor emeritus in Oregon State University’s College of Science, said it’s the first time seven complete flowers of this …Continue reading →


Study identifies dinosaur ‘missing link’

A bizarre dinosaur which looked like a raptor but was in fact a vegetarian may be the ‘missing link’ between plant-eating dinosaurs and theropods, the group that includes carnivores such as Tyrannosaurus rex and Velociraptor. Life reconstruction of Chilesaurus diegosuarezi [Credit: Nobu Tamura]Researchers from the University of Cambridge and the Natural History Museum used a comprehensive dataset to analyse more …Continue reading →


Unique imaging of a dinosaur’s skull tells evolutionary tale

Researchers using Los Alamos’ unique neutron-imaging and high-energy X-ray capabilities have exposed the inner structures of the fossil skull of a 74-million-year-old tyrannosauroid dinosaur nicknamed the Bisti Beast in the highest-resolution scan of tyrannosaur skull ever done. The results add a new piece to the puzzle of how these bone-crushing top predators evolved over millions of years. A 3-D image …Continue reading →


The evolution of Gomphotherium in Eurasia

For a long time, gomphotheres are considered to be the key link in proboscidean evolution. They are deemed as the ancestral stock of the true elephantids surviving now. The origins of stegodontids, rhynchotheres and cuvieroniines are believed to be more or less related to gomphotheres. Ecological reconstruction of the habitat for Gomphotherium tassyi [Credit: Chinese Academy of Sciences]However, gomphotheres are …Continue reading →


Experiments cast doubt on how the Earth was formed

New geochemical research indicates that existing theories of the formation of the Earth may be mistaken. The results of experiments to show how zinc (Zn) relates to sulphur (S) under the conditions present at the time of the formation of the Earth more than 4 billion years ago, indicate that there is a substantial quantity of Zn in the Earth’s …Continue reading →


New plate adds plot twist to ancient tectonic tale

A microplate discovered off the west coast of Ecuador adds another piece to Earth’s tectonic puzzle, according to Rice University scientists. Misfit plates in the Pacific led Rice University scientists to the discovery of the Malpelo Plate between the Galapagos Islands and the South American coast [Credit: Tuo Zhang/Rice University]Researchers led by Rice geophysicist Richard Gordon discovered the microplate, which …Continue reading →


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