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Newly Discovered Millipede
Is First With More Than 1K legs
Dec 17, 2021 4:45 PM CST
Newly Discovered Millipede Is First With More Than 1K legs
Eumillipedes persephone is the leggiest creature ever found
- For the first time, scientists have discovered a millipede that lives up to the name, with more than 1,000 legs. Researchers say
, a creature discovered deep in a mining borehole in Western Australia, has more legs than any other creature known to science, the
New York Times
In Search for Human
Bodies, Plants May Be Key
Sep 8, 2020 10:35 AM CDT
In Search for Human Bodies, Plants May Be Key
Chemicals from decomposing remains may trigger visible changes in vegetation
- Researchers are toying with a new idea that could transform grueling and expensive body-recovery missions, and it involves what you might call cadaver plants. Yes, plants. Neal Stewart, a biologist at the University of Tennessee, has long been interested in the ways plants sense and respond to stresses. Now, he...
They Used Me
Like a 'Guinea Pig'
Jun 18, 2019 3:44 PM CDT
Caster Semenya: They Used Me Like a 'Guinea Pig'
Comments come in response to release of 163-page document
- Caster Semenya had strong words for track's governing body on Tuesday: "I will not allow the IAAF to use me and my body again." The 28-year-old runner was ordered by the IAAF to get her testosterone beneath a certain threshold if she wants to compete in events...
A New Study Just Rewrote
the History Book on Plants
Feb 20, 2018 6:03 PM CST
A New Study Just Rewrote the History Book on Plants
Study suggests they appeared 500M years ago, or 100M years earlier than believed
- The arrival of plants on Earth changed the planet and its inhabitants in big ways, and a new study suggests they arrived far earlier than thought. University of Bristol researchers now say that land plants evolved from pond scum about 500 million years ago—a whopping 100 million years earlier...
Scientists Just Achieved
'Holy Grail' of Plant Breeding
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Jul 30, 2017 6:33 AM CDT
Scientists Just Achieved 'Holy Grail' of Plant Breeding
Japanese team engineers the first blue chrysanthemum
- A development of "great impact" has been made in the world of flowers—specifically among chrysanthemums, which researchers have just turned a true-blue hue for the first time, per
. The magazine explains that vibrant blue flowers are hard to find in nature—only a few species exist, and...
Every Single School in the
Ivy League Wants This Girl
Apr 5, 2017 6:07 AM CDT
Every Single School in the Ivy League Wants This Girl
Ifeoma White-Thorpe wants to study biology, but says her poetry got her in
- Ifeoma White-Thorpe is going places. Two years ago, the New Jersey teen won the grand prize in the National Liberty Museum Selma Speech and Essay Contest (watch her recite it on YouTube ), she's aced all of her AP classes, she's president of her high school's student...
Tully Monster Mystery
Not Solved After All
Feb 21, 2017 8:51 PM CST
Tully Monster Mystery Not Solved After All
Scientists call for re-examination of the Tully Monster
- Some creatures are so weird they seem to defy classification. They're even assigned the word "Problematica," a classification that serves as a sort of purgatory for the strangest of the strange as our understanding of the evolutionary tree of life continues to deepen. Such is the case...
Scientists: Mary Shelley Had
Savvy Insight in
Oct 31, 2016 10:17 AM CDT
Scientists: Mary Shelley Had Savvy Insight in
She was ahead of her time on a principle of biology
- It seemed like such an innocent request. In her 1818 novel
, Mary Shelley has the monster ask Dr. Frankenstein for a mate, and the creature promises that he and his female counterpart would then go live in some remote corner of South America and never bother humans. The doctor...
Squirrels Prove It:
All the Work,
Guys Goof Off
Oct 9, 2016 9:02 AM CDT
Squirrels Prove It: Females Do All the Work, Guys Goof Off
Males appear to spend a lot of time basking in the sun: new study
- Science has given tired women everywhere their I-told-you-so-moment, and it comes courtesy of the hapless Arctic ground squirrel: The males of the species appear to spend most of their non-hibernating months soaking up the rays above ground while the females are kept busy either nursing their young below ground or...
Ancient Flower Species
Found Trapped in Amber
Feb 16, 2016 4:40 AM CST
Ancient Flower Species Found Trapped in Amber
Perfect specimen could be up to 45M years old
- A beautiful and probably deadly plant preserved in amber for years has turned out to be a species completely new to science. The new species, which has been named
, was identified from two tiny flowers perfectly preserved in amber found in a mine in the Dominican Republic. It...
This 'Purple Sock'
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Feb 7, 2016 4:00 PM CST
Decades-Old Question About This 'Purple Sock' Is Answered
Scientists still haven't seen the creatures feed
- Since it was first discovered 60 years ago off the coast of Sweden, biologists have wondered exactly where the deep sea creature that resembles a crumpled purple sock belongs in the animal kingdom's family tree. Now the discovery of four new species in an entirely different ocean has effectively...
Dec 29, 2015 10:31 AM CST
Math Model Helps Answer Riddle of Tiger's Stripes
Researchers can better explain why they're vertical or horizontal
- Since the 1950s mathematicians have been trying to sort out exactly why some animals, like tigers and zebras, have stripes that are oriented perpendicularly to their spines, while others, like the zebrafish, have stripes that are parallel. Now Harvard researchers are proposing a mathematical model in the journal
Crocodiles May Be Watching
You While They Sleep
Oct 22, 2015 5:00 PM CDT
Crocodiles May Be Watching You While They Sleep
Researchers say crocodiles do indeed sleep with one eye open
- Bad news for Captain Hook: Crocodiles may be keeping an eye on humans even when the crocs are sleeping, according to new research published this week in the
Journal of Experimental Biology
. The BBC reports researchers in Australia monitored juvenile crocodiles using infrared cameras and determined they often slept with...
Aug 19, 2015 9:03 PM CDT
Study Overturns Long-Held Belief on Hummingbirds
They don't drink the way researchers have thought for 200 years
- Hummingbirds beat their wings approximately 50 times per second, but that's nothing compared to how fast they can drink. A study out of the University of Connecticut debunks nearly 200 years of scientific thinking on how hummingbirds accomplish that task, with results showing the tiny birds can sip up...
the Hard Way
Aug 9, 2015 9:18 AM CDT
Scientists Discover Venomous Frogs— the Hard Way
One gram of frog's venom is enough to kill 80 humans
- Miss Piggy's split with Kermit wasn't the only painful frog-related news this week. Researchers have released their findings on the world's first known venomous frogs, whose abilities were only discovered when one of them stung a researcher's hand, leaving him with what a colleague calls...
Sharks Have a Sixth
Sense for Killing,
Aug 9, 2015 8:03 AM CDT
Sharks Have a Sixth Sense for Killing, Literally
They're better at sensing electric fields than even our best tools
- It turns out there's something sharks are even better at than spicing up your average made-for-TV movie about tornadoes: sensing electricity. Back in 1971, a Dutch scientist discovered sharks use tiny pores on their heads to sense the electric fields produced by other aquatic animals—and hunt those creatures,...
3 New Kinds
Apr 7, 2015 4:38 AM CDT
3 New Kinds of Pocket-Sized 'Dragons' Found
Andes cloud forests yield spiky, colorful lizards
- Even in the year 2015, and even with widespread destruction of the world's wilderness, zoologists who look hard enough can still find new species of dragons—the dwarf kind, at least. Researchers combing the cloud forests of the Andes in Ecuador and Peru have uncovered three new kinds of...
Mushroom-Shaped Critter in Deep Sea Vexes Biologists
Sep 4, 2014 8:37 AM CDT
Mushroom-Shaped Critter in Deep Sea Vexes Biologists
Animal found in 1986, only now being scientifically described
- From afar, the deep-sea animal species Dendrogramma enigmatica resembles a chanterelle mushroom. Upon closer inspection, though, the creatures seem to belong to the animal, not fungi, kingdom. And yet they cannot be classified under any existing animal group, perhaps necessitating an entire rewriting of the early tree of life, not...
Jul 27, 2014 6:14 PM CDT
Four Basic Taste Types? Think Again
Salty, sweet, bitter, sour don't even begin to account for basic taste types
- Most of us have been taught that salty, sweet, sour, and bitter (that last one added by Greek philosopher Democritus a few thousand years ago) make up the four building blocks of taste. But since the "savory" taste (also called umami) was added as a fifth taste about a...
New Species Looks
Like Mouse, Is More
Similar to Elephant
Jun 27, 2014 2:44 PM CDT
New Species Looks Like Mouse, Is More Similar to Elephant
One-ounce shrew has some surprising DNA cousins
- Scientists have discovered a new species that, though it looks a lot like a mouse, is actually a close genetic relative of an elephant. The mammal, which was found in a remote western African desert, is a type of elephant shrew or "round-eared sengi." Dubbed the Macroscelides micus,...
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