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Unique non-oxygen breathing animal discovered

Researchers at Tel Aviv University (TAU) have discovered a non-oxygen breathing animal. The unexpected finding changes one of science's assumptions about the animal world. A study on the finding was published on February 25 in the Proceedings of the National Academy... Continue Reading →

Tiny salamander’s huge genome may harbor the secrets of regeneration

The type of salamander called axolotl, with its frilly gills and widely spaced eyes, looks like an alien and has other-worldly powers of regeneration. Lose a limb, part of the heart or even a large portion of its brain? No... Continue Reading →

Watch an insect shed its exoskeleton and stretch its new wings.

Csar Favacho, a wildlife photographer and evolutionary biologist at the Emilio Goeldi Museum in Brazil, studies mantis taxonomy, behavior, and evolution. He used time-lapse photography to make a video depicting a Cardioptera mantis during ecdysis, or molting. Mantises go through several molts... Continue Reading →

ArcherFish Water Pistol

Archerfish are extremely accurate at shooting jets of water at their prey - and studies have shown that they practically always hit their target on the first shot, for a distance of up to 3m away (9ft). This is mainly... Continue Reading →

Meet the Microcosmos

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Feather Stars

Feather stars are sea animals that belong to the phylum Echinodermata and the class Crinoidea. A feather star is not the same as a starfish (also known as a sea star and sometimes misspelled as star fish). Close relatives of... Continue Reading →

T. Rex had an air conditioner in its head, study suggests

Tyrannosaurus rex, one of the largest meat-eating dinosaurs on the planet, had an air conditioner in its head, suggest scientists from the University of Missouri, Ohio University and University of Florida, while challenging over a century of previous beliefs. In... Continue Reading →

Peregrine Falcons

Peregrine falcons are built for speed. They’ve been clocked at more than 380 kilometers per hour when diving. This video from Deep Look examines some of the features that make these birds of prey so fast, from the shape of their eyes to... Continue Reading →

Insects feel persistent pain after injury, evidence suggests

Scientists have known insects experience something like pain since 2003, but new research published today from Associate Professor Greg Neely and colleagues at the University of Sydney proves for the first time that insects also experience chronic pain that lasts... Continue Reading →

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