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The largest study of life forms ever has estimated that Earth is home to 1 TRILLION species

The largest scientific study of its kind estimates that Earth could play host to more than 1 trillion different species, which means we’ve probably only identified a vanishingly small proportion of them – only about one-thousandth of 1 percent. To … Continue reading

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Fascinating Jellyfish

http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos/explorations/ex1605/dailyupdates/media/video/0424-jelly/0424-jelly-1920×1080.mp4 This stunningly beautiful jellyfish was seen during Dive 4 on April 24, 2016, while exploring Enigma Seamount at a depth of ~3,700 meters. Scientists identified this hydromedusa as belonging to the genus Crossota. Note the two sets of tentacles — … Continue reading

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Nature’s Toughest Animal

More information about the magnificent Tardigrade here

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Ants Circling

Alfy – you might want to turn the sound down

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A Scientist Is Selling the Right To Name His Newly-Discovered Moth On eBay

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An entomologist has decided to use eBay to auction off the naming rights for a newly-discovered species of moth. When a new species is discovered, the honor of naming it goes to whoever found it. However, Eric H. Metzler, an … Continue reading

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So many moths

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This photo was taken in the Petaloudes Valley (Valley of the Butterflies) on the island of Rhodes. The moths are the species Panaxia Quadripunctaria, a nocturnal moth that lays its eggs in September, hatches in the spring, and is fully-grown … Continue reading

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Pinky the rare pink dolphin has been spotted in Louisiana waters

If you’ve never heard of a pink bottlenose dolphin before, we’ll forgive you: only 14 have been spotted since 1962, but the one that frequents Calcasieu Lake in Louisiana has become something of a local celebrity. Now the rare creature … Continue reading

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Ants form an eerie circle around a ringing iPhone

Ants, why are you being so weird? And can you get that? Just take a message, it’s fine. Spoiler: the ants don’t pick up, but their bizarre reaction to a ringing iPhone in the video above did give us a … Continue reading

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Ladybug take off

A ladybug prepares and takes off for flying away. The sequence was recorded by cameraman Rainer Bergomaz from Blue Paw Artists with a pco.dimax HD at 3000 frames/s and 1296 x 720 pixel resolution. The first part is displayed at … Continue reading

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The biggest shark ever filmed

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Would you steal a lion’s lunch?

Hairy Moments

 

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Killer Cone Snails

Conus is a large genus of small to large predatory sea snails, marine gastropod molluscs, with the common names of cone snails, cone shells or cones. Geologically speaking, fossils of the genus are known from the Eocene to the Holocene … Continue reading

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New York’s Empire State highlights endangered animals

New York’s famed Empire State Building hosted new guests on Saturday night as images of endangered animals were flashed across its facade. The unique display, on one of the world’s most recognisable structures, was aimed at sparking conversations about mass … Continue reading

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Inside a Kangaroo Pouch

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This Adorable Sea Slug Eats So Much Algae It Can Photosynthesize

It’s a sheep! It’s a cow! No, it’s Costasiella kuroshimae (or ‘Leaf Sheep’ for short). This adorable little sea slug, whose beady eyes and cute feelers make it look like a cartoon sheep, feeds on algae – just like the … Continue reading

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This Plant Feasts on More than 6,000 Insects an Hour

Dripping with nectar, the pitcher plant attracts thousands of hungry termites. But as soon as the bugs start eating, they begin to slip on the sugary liquid and tumble inside the plant.

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Unknown species caught on camera

Scientists have discovered amazing new species from the uncharted deep-sea ecosystem and sea floor of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Some endangered sawfishes are having babies, no sex required

Some female members of a critically endangered species of sawfish are reproducing in the wild without sex. The discovery, reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on June 1, marks the first time living offspring from “virgin births” have … Continue reading

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Scientists identify a gene to switch the sex of a mosquito

Scientists have identified a gene within the Aedes aegypti mosquito that can be used to switch their sex, transforming disease-carrying females into benign males. The finding could result in new population control strategies, increasing the ratio of males, and helping … Continue reading

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The large and colourful opah has become the first known “warm-blooded” fish

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The large and colourful opah has become the first known “warm-blooded” fish, as scientists discovered it can regulate the temperature of its whole body. The opah traps warmth from its flapping fins, which are well insulated by fat. It uses … Continue reading

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