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Researchers decipher first termite genome

Researchers decipher first termite genome

Researchers have long been researching how insect colonies function – particularly how their complicated system of living together works. scientists have also looked for answers about these interactions in animals’ DNA. For the first time, Arizona State University scientists, along with a large group of international researchers, have sequenced and analyzed the genome of one termite species. This means researchers ... Read More »

Researchers discover lost species of nightsnake in Mexico

Researchers discover lost species of nightsnake in Mexico

A mysterious reptilian species of snake believed to be lost has resurfaced in the volcanic rocks on an island off Mexico, Live Science reported. First discovered more than 80 years ago on Clarion Island, the elusive, nocturnal Clarion nightsnake was lost after that. Brownish black in color and sporting spots on its head and neck, it was found again on ... Read More »

Warmer climate to suit female sea turtles, Study

Warmer climate to suit female sea turtles, Study

Rising temperatures could lead to more female sea turtles but won’t affect population size, research from Swansea University (UK) finds. Above a certain incubation temperature of about 29 degrees, most sea turtle eggs will produce female hatchlings. Although the sex ratio will be altered the overall population size will not crash, at least for a few decades, because males breed ... Read More »

Venus Express gets ready to take the plunge (Video)

Venus Express gets ready to take the plunge

After eight years of study of the second planet in our Solar System, ESA’s Venus Express orbiter is winding up its science program in anticipation of a plunge into the Venusian atmosphere sometime in the next two months. The space agency says that the unmanned orbiter’s service life is coming to an end because its propellant is running low, so ... Read More »

Prosthetic fin helps injured turtle (Video)

Prosthetic fin helps injured turtle

An injured sea turtle whose two left flippers had to be amputated is swimming again with the help of a new prosthetic fin designed like a fighter jet’s wings. Called “Hofesh” after the Hebrew word for “freedom,” the turtle has two stumps after he was found badly injured. In 2009, the green sea turtle was brought in by a fishing ... Read More »

Most Alaska, BC glaciers ‘shrinking substantially’, Report

Most Alaska, BC glaciers 'shrinking substantially', Report

A new report shows that glaciers near Alaska are shrinking rapidly, and climate change is causing this substantial melt. The loss of the tens of thousands of glaciers in Alaska and neighbouring British Columbia, Canada alone is deeply worrying, according to scientists. Not only is this glacial melt accelerating, but it may spell a host of problems for humans, including ... Read More »

Researchers propose collider that could turn light into matter

Researchers propose collider that could turn light into matter

A team of scientists from the Imperial College of London has discovered a technique to turn light into matter, bringing closer to reality a task that was set on paper 80 years ago. According to the original theory, devised by Gregory Breit and John Archibald Wheeler in 1934, it is theoretically possible to turn light into matter by smashing two ... Read More »

Largest-ever dinosaur fossil bone found

New dinosaur discovery

Paleontologists say the discovered the fossilized bones of the biggest dinosaur that ever lived, the BBC reported. The bones were first found by a local farmer in a desert near La Flecha, 135 miles west of the city of Trelew in the Patagonia region of Argentina. A team of paleontologists from the Museum of Paleontology Egidio Feruglio went on to ... Read More »