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These Toadlets Are So Tiny They Can’t Balance Anymore, And The Footage Is Ridiculous

Being tiny can certainly have its advantages. You need less food, don’t take up as much space, and are harder for predators to spot. But researchers have just discovered there’s a limit to how small a backboned animal can get, while still retaining the ability to balance. Pumpkin toadlets (Brachycephalus) have miniaturized well beyond this […]

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This Weird Star Survived a Supernova Only to Shine Even More Brightly Than Before

When it comes to going out with style, nothing comes close to the end of a white dwarf. Their thermonuclear self-destruction ranks among the most powerful explosions in the cosmos, forcing the star to wink out of existence in a blaze of glory.   At least, that’s the idea. A discovery confirms some white dwarfs […]

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Friends Who ‘Click’ Have Something Peculiar in Common: Their Smell

Have you ever met a perfect stranger and felt like you ‘clicked’ almost immediately? Well, that feeling of chemistry might actually be chemistry. An Israeli study recruited twenty pairs of same-sex, platonic friends who said they clicked when they met.    Using an electronic nose (and volunteers who heroically agreed to sniff T-shirts worn overnight), […]

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Know Your Partner’s Love Language? One Study Suggests It Could Make a Big Difference

The idea of love languages is that we all express love differently – physical touching, buying gifts, giving compliments and so on – and recognizing that others may not express love in the same way that we ourselves do can help keep relationships strong. But there’s not been much research done to back that idea […]

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Life Has Been Found in a Low-Oxygen, Super-Salty, Sub-Zero Arctic Spring

Once again, life has been found in an environment that would be deeply inhospitable to most organisms living on this planet. Fed by waters that pass through 600 meters (1,970 ft) of permafrost, the sub-zero, salty, virtually oxygen-free Lost Hammer Spring in the Canadian Arctic is one of the harshest places on Earth. Even here, however, […]

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Cold-Blooded Animals May Hold the Key to Long Life. A Huge Study Just Tried to Find It

A new published and incredibly thorough study of ectothermic tetrapods – reptiles and amphibians – gives experts a fresh insight into the reasons why cold-blooded animals tend to have such long lifespans in relation to their size.   It’s the most comprehensive study of longevity and aging ever published: 114 different scientists looking at 107 […]

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The Largest Bacterium Has Been Found. It’s Eyelash-Length And Like Nothing We’ve Seen

A gigantic bacterium found in a mangrove swamp in the Caribbean is by far the largest ever found, and now scientists think they’ve figured out how it grew to such an enormous size.    This species of bacteria, Thiomargarita magnifica, is 5,000 times larger than most bacteria, and 50 times larger than all other known giant […]

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A Giant Sunspot Doubled in Size in 24 Hours, And It’s Pointing Right at Earth

A gigantic sunspot has swelled to twice Earth’s size, doubling its diameter in 24 hours, and it’s pointed right at us.  The sunspot, called AR3038, grew to 2.5 times Earth’s size – making the sunspot roughly 19,800 miles, or 31,900 kilometers, in diameter – from Sunday (June 19) to Monday night (June 20), according to Spaceweather.com, a […]

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Polio Virus Has Been Detected in London’s Sewage

A type of poliovirus derived from vaccines has been detected in London sewage samples, the World Health Organization and British health officials said Wednesday, adding that more analysis was underway.   No human cases of polio have been found in Britain, where the crippling disease was fully eradicated two decades ago. The WHO said in […]

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Being Predictable Is The Key to Nurturing Your Child’s Brain Development

Scientists have long known that the experiences you have during infancy and childhood play an important role in shaping how your brain matures and how you behave as an adult. But figuring out why this happens has been difficult.   Over the past 15 years, my team and I have been studying child brain development […]