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Strange New Species Discovered in Abyss at The Bottom of The Pacific Ocean

Strange New Species Discovered in Abyss at The Bottom of The Pacific Ocean

Scientists have discovered four new species and two new genera inhabiting the deep, abyssal landscape that lines the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.The (CCZ), a vast, recessed fracture zone covering some 4.5 million square kilometres (1.7 million square miles) of the central Pacific, is considered something of a prize in the mining sector due to its abundance of valuable metals and rare earth minerals deposited in along the sea bed. Yet ancient minerals aren't the only things of wonder down here. In a new study, researchers report the identification of a number of deep-sea creatures unknown to...

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Earth's Sixth Mass Extinction Isn't Just Happening, It's Accelerating

Earth's Sixth Mass Extinction Isn't Just Happening, It's Accelerating

There are not as many of us as there used to be. Hundreds of unique, precious species of animal life vanished forever last century.This is what a looks like, scientists warn, but that's not even the worst part. The currently underway on Earth is actually accelerating, researchers now say, with the vast toll of vertebrate extinctions seen in the 20th century set to be repeated – but this time, it may take just decades for hundreds more species to disappear for all time.As each domino falls, the for adjacent species become ever more risky, with destabilised ecosystems and weakened food webs...

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Ketamine Experiment Reveals Brain Phenomenon Scientists Have 'Never Seen Before'

Ketamine Experiment Reveals Brain Phenomenon Scientists Have 'Never Seen Before'

Doses of the drug ketamine administered to sheep during research into Huntington's disease have revealed new insights into how the anaesthetic works on the brain to create its pain-numbing and dissociative effects. Most strikingly, when the animals were given high doses at one stage of the experiment, (EEG) readings of their cortical activity appeared to show brain activity turning off completely, in an instant.This complete cessation of cortical EEG activity – a phenomenon that the team says has never previously been described – lasted for up to several minutes in the test subjects, before...

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Tiny Human Livers Grown in The Lab Have Been Successfully Transplanted Into Rats

Tiny Human Livers Grown in The Lab Have Been Successfully Transplanted Into Rats

Scientists have successfully transplanted functional miniature livers into rats, after growing the bioengineered organs in the lab from reprogrammed human skin cells.The experiment, which gave the animals working liver organs, could lay the groundwork for future treatments to address terminal liver failure – a disease that claims the lives of over in the US every year. While there's still a lot of work to be done before the technique can directly aid human patients, the researchers say their proof of concept may help underpin a future alternative to liver transplants, which are often...

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Terrifying Medical Case Reveals What Can Happen if You Overdose on Caffeine

Terrifying Medical Case Reveals What Can Happen if You Overdose on Caffeine

Caffeine is the psychoactive stimulant in the world – not to mention the only one that isn't really regulated anywhere, at least in products like coffee, tea, and soft/energy drinks. But while most of us ingest caffeine in safe, moderated doses, the truth is that in its pure or concentrated powdered form, caffeine is an extremely powerful substance that can be dangerous if you take too much.The that a single teaspoon of caffeine powder is equivalent to approximately 28 cups of coffee, which helps to explain why the sale of caffeine powder supplements in bulk form has been and .Those bans...

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May 22
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Ancient Footprints in Africa Just Delivered Unique Insights Into Early Human Behaviour

Ancient Footprints in Africa Just Delivered Unique Insights Into Early Human Behaviour

Thousands of years ago, Ol Doinyo Lengai let forth. This – 'Mountain of God', in the tongue of the local Masaii people – erupted on an unknown day in prehistory, sending a deluge of ash and lava down its sacred slopes. The molten mass, carrying soil and mixing with floodwater from a nearby lake, produced a thick layer of impressionable mud that came to rest on the plains below. A short time later, before the cement-like sludge had a chance to harden, a tribe strode through the nascent mud flat, leaving a record of hundreds of fossilised human footprints that can still be seen to this...

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May 15
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Ancient Bones Found in Bulgarian Cave Are Oldest Evidence of Modern Humans in Europe

Ancient Bones Found in Bulgarian Cave Are Oldest Evidence of Modern Humans in Europe

The oldest bones of Homo sapiens ever found in Europe have been discovered in a Bulgarian cave, providing the earliest known evidence of our species' emergence in the European continent, according to new research. The appearance and spread of modern humans in Europe is a difficult timeline for researchers to reconstruct, owing to a scarcity of sufficiently ancient remains that have been identified in the fossil record.When modern humans did show up, though, our arrival ultimately sealed the fate of the indigenous Neanderthals who called Europe home before us, as we then proceeded to swiftly...

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May 12
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Scientists Just Revealed Koalas Lick Trees to Quench Their Thirst, And It's Too Cute

Scientists Just Revealed Koalas Lick Trees to Quench Their Thirst, And It's Too Cute

It's long been thought that koalas get most of the water they need from the succulent eucalyptus leaves that provide the , but new research reveals we've been missing a vital way these iconic marsupials quench their thirst. A documenting over a decade's worth of observations by researchers and shows that koalas also routinely drink water by licking the surface of wet tree trunks and branches after rainfall."For a long time, we thought koalas didn't need to drink much at all because they gained the majority of the water they need to survive in the gum leaves they feed on," zoologist...

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May 7
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Devastating Simulations Say Sea Ice Will Be Completely Gone in Arctic Summers by 2050

Devastating Simulations Say Sea Ice Will Be Completely Gone in Arctic Summers by 2050

For, the Arctic has observed an unbroken ritual. In winter, expands, as sub-zero polar temperatures freeze waters in their place. In summer, the ice pack retreats, as warmer temperatures thaw the winter-made gains, surrendering them back to the ocean. In the era of anthropogenic climate change, the ebb and flow of this timeless cycle has become disturbed. For decades, the overall coverage of Arctic sea ice , expanding less and retreating more with each year. Nonetheless, the Arctic has, as always, remained frozen, covered in sea ice, even in the summer. It may not for much longer.A of...

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Apr 26
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Ocean Creatures Have Been Protecting Us From Millions of Viruses This Entire Time

Ocean Creatures Have Been Protecting Us From Millions of Viruses This Entire Time

It's fair to say that the world has had more than enough of right now. Unfortunately, the converse is not necessarily true.The incredible vastness of the virosphere is hard to overstate. While of virus have been studied in detail, scientists say we haven't even scratched the surface. There could be overall, some think. Even more conservative estimates are mind-boggling. In the oceans, may lurk, and it's not exactly hard to find them: hundreds of thousands of new species if you go looking, in abundances that defy imagination: as many as can be present in a millilitre of water.Against all...

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The Largest Mass Migration on The Planet Happens Every Single Day, And We Never See It

The Largest Mass Migration on The Planet Happens Every Single Day, And We Never See It

At night, they rise. As the Sun disappears over the horizon, a vast movement takes place in the world's oceans, as countless sea creatures begin the long trek upwards towards the surface waters above. They do not stay long. When the Sun rises, bringing light and the threat of watchful surface predators, they will retreat once more, down into the lower depths of the sea, sheltering in whatever protection the enveloping darkness can afford them.This endless back-and-forth – called (DVM) – is thought to be the largest mass migration on the planet in terms of the enormous amount of biomass...

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Peter Dockrill
Mar 24
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Superconductivity Has Been Discovered in Meteorites For The First Time

Superconductivity Has Been Discovered in Meteorites For The First Time

Scientists have found naturally occurring superconducting materials in extraterrestrial objects for the first time, discovering superconductive grains embedded inside two distinct meteorites that crash-landed on Earth. The discovery is just the latest to show that meteorites are much more than space debris that falls out of the sky. Recent investigations have turned up meteorite-borne deliveries of possible , minerals , and materials . But we've never seen something quite like this before. is a set of physical properties that ensures 'perfect' electrical conductivity in a material, meaning...

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Mar 24
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Doctors Report The First Known Case of a Person Who Urinates Alcohol

Doctors Report The First Known Case of a Person Who Urinates Alcohol

A woman in Pittsburgh has become the first documented case in a living person of an unusual medical condition where alcohol naturally brews in the bladder from the fermentation of yeast. The condition, which researchers propose to call either 'bladder fermentation syndrome' or 'urinary auto-brewery syndrome', is similar to another incredibly rare condition, auto-brewery syndrome, where simply ingesting carbohydrates can be enough to make you inebriated, even without consuming any alcohol via regular means. In the new case, doctors became aware of what seems to be a related syndrome, after...

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'Throat of Fire' Volcano in Ecuador Shows Early Signs of Collapse, Scientists Warn

'Throat of Fire' Volcano in Ecuador Shows Early Signs of Collapse, Scientists Warn

Tungurahua, an active stratovolcano in Ecuador, is an ancient mountain that's picked up many names over the centuries.In the indigenous tongue of the Quechua peoples, the name means . Others say Tungurahua is Quichua for 'crater'. One nickname is the Black Giant. Something everybody can agree upon, though, is that this old volcano has been a danger for a very long time – although the latest rumblings may signify a menace greater than any ordinary eruption.According to a , Tungurahua may be showing early warning signs of what could be a catastrophic structural collapse, thought to be due to...

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Feb 22
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Scientists Built a Genius Device That Generates Electricity 'Out of Thin Air'

Scientists Built a Genius Device That Generates Electricity 'Out of Thin Air'

They found it buried in the muddy shores of the Potomac River more than three decades ago: a strange that could do things nobody had ever seen before in bacteria. This unusual microbe, belonging to the  genus, was first noted for its ability to produce magnetite in the absence of oxygen, but with time scientists found it could make other things too, like that conduct electricity.For years, researchers have been trying to figure out ways to that natural gift, and they might have just hit pay-dirt with a device they're calling the Air-gen. According to the team, their device can create...

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Peter Dockrill
Feb 22
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Scientists Discover Mysterious Virus in Brazil With No Known Genes They Can Identify

Scientists Discover Mysterious Virus in Brazil With No Known Genes They Can Identify

Scientists have identified an enigmatic whose genome seems to be almost entirely new to science, populated by unfamiliar genes that have never before been documented in viral research. The so-called Yaravirus, named after – or Iara, a water-queen figure in Brazilian mythology – was recovered from Lake Pampulha, an artificial lake in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte.While Yaravirus (Yaravirus brasiliensis) may be no supernatural siren, the virus could prove to be just as mysterious as the water nymph of legend.That's because the virus constitutes "a new lineage of amoebal virus with a...

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Feb 11
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