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Scientists want to bring 22 animals back from extinction · TheJournal.ie

They chose the animals using the following criteria: Are the species desirable – do they hold an important ecological function or are they beloved by humans? Are the species practical choices – do we have access to tissue that could … Continue reading

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Insect wings shred bacteria to pieces : Nature News & Comment

The veined wing of the clanger cicada kills bacteria solely through its physical structure — one of the first natural surfaces found to do so. An international team of biophysicists has now come up with a detailed model of how … Continue reading

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Bees Can Sense the Electric Fields of Flowers – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

Dominic Clarke and Heather Whitney from the University of Bristol have shown that bumblebees can sense the electric field that surrounds a flower. They can even learn to distinguish between fields produced by different floral shapes, or use them to … Continue reading

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Mars Rover Finds Intriguing New Evidence of Water

Delighted members of the Curiosity science team announced Tuesday that the rover was now in a virtual “candy store” of scientific targets—the lowest point of Gale crater, called Yellowknife Bay, is filled with many different materials that could have been … Continue reading

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Planet’s oldest fossils found in Pilbara, experts say

Scientists analysing Australian rocks have discovered traces of bacteria that lived a record-breaking 3.49 billion years ago, a mere billion years after Earth formed.If the find withstands the scrutiny that inevitably faces claims of fossils this old, it could move … Continue reading

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Massive comet will shine brighter than the moon, say astronomers | Science Recorder

A massive two-mile-wide comet will be visible from Earth in late 2013, possibly appearing brighter than the moon during November and December, according to astronomers.The comet, discovered by amateur Russian astronomers Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok, is among the brightest … Continue reading

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New Species of ‘Decoy’ Spider Likely Discovered At Tambopata Research Center – Peru Nature Blog

From afar, it appears to be a medium sized spider about an inch across, possibly dead and dried out, hanging in the center of a spider web along the side of the trail. Nothing too out of the ordinary for … Continue reading

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Google Drones Launch In Africa | Fast Company

The World Wildlife Fund and Google are teaming up to deploy a fleet of anti-poacher UAVs in Africa. The goal? Survey and stop rhino poachers. via Google Drones Launch In Africa | Fast Company.

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BBC News – New contender for oldest dinosaur

Palaeontologists have found what is likely to be the oldest known dinosaur, filling in a yawning evolutionary gap.A study in Biology Letters describes Nyasasaurus parringtoni, a new species from 10-15 million years before the previous earliest dinosaur specimens.It walked on … Continue reading

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Big News From Mars? Rover Scientists Mum For Now : NPR

Grotzinger says they recently put a soil sample in SAM, and the analysis shows something earthshaking. “This data is gonna be one for the history books. It’s looking really good,” he says.Grotzinger can see the pained look on my face … Continue reading

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