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  • Scientists Are Freaking Out Over The First-Ever Footage of This Bizarre Squid

    10/29/2020 7:55:37 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies ^ | CARLY CASSELLA 29 OCTOBER 2020
    Ram's horn shells are small, delicate spiral structures beachcombers can commonly find throughout the world. Yet despite their ubiquity, the original owners of these shells are extremely elusive. Until now, we've never had footage of a single one in the wild. In the twilight zone of our oceans, at the tips of sunlight's fingers, a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) has now delivered the first footage of a ram's horn squid (Spirula spirula) in its natural habitat. This strange-looking cephalopod is a wee little thing barely 7 centimetres (under 3 inches) in length, with eight arms, two tentacles, a pair of...
  • Bigfoot and One Mans Fight to the Death.

    10/18/2020 6:45:29 PM PDT · by Fai Mao · 77 replies
    You Tube ^ | October 17, 2020 | Dixie Cryptid
    I am not going to make any comment on these three stories other than to say, I was simultaneously creeped out and entertained. Whether you believe this stuff or not this is worth a listen just for the third and last story.
  • Some Fish Can Regenerate Their Eyes. Turns Out, Mammals Have Those Genes Too

    10/08/2020 7:10:14 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies ^ | 8 OCTOBER 2020 | TESSA KOUMOUNDOUROS
    Damage to the retina is the leading cause of blindness in humans, affecting millions of people around the world. Unfortunately, the retina is one of the few tissues we humans can't grow back. Unlike us, other animals such as zebrafish are able to regenerate this tissue that's so crucial to our power of sight. We share 70 percent of our genes with these tiny little zebrafish, and scientists have just discovered some of the shared genes include the ones that grant zebrafish the ability to grow back their retinas. "Regeneration seems to be the default status, and the loss of...
  • Bright 'red glob' washes ashore in Washington. It may be a 7-armed octopus.

    09/26/2020 3:05:10 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    Live Science ^ | 25 September 2020 | Laura Geggel
    A mysterious, many-armed sea creature — initially described as a large "red glob" — lying on a rocky shore in Washington has drawn in cephalopod experts across the country, each wondering what this gelatinous animal is. The 3.5-foot-long (1 meter) beast's identity was at first elusive; was it the shallow-water East Pacific red octopus (Octopus rubescens)? Or perhaps it was a very lost deep-sea vampire squid (Vampyroteuthis infernalis) or a deep-sea dumbo octopus (Grimpoteuthis)? The likely answers (no, no and no) led scientists to yet another species: the seven-armed octopus (Haliphron atlanticus), a deep-water creature that is rarely seen as...
  • Scientists identify new species of crystal-encrusted truffle, thanks to bonobos

    09/22/2020 11:32:27 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies ^ | September 22, 2020 | by Halle Marchese, Florida Museum of Natural History
    Scientists discovered an undescribed species of truffle, thanks to bonobos, who savor the mushrooms. Credit: Alexander Georgiev ================================================================================== Mushroom-munching bonobos in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have introduced scientists to a new species of truffle. Commonly used by Congolese communities to bait traps for small mammals, Hysterangium bonobo is also savored by bonobos, an endangered species of great ape. Scientists say the truffle hints at vast reserves of undescribed fungal diversity in the region. "Truffles aren't just for gourmet chefs—they're also for our closest relatives," said Matthew Smith, an associate professor in the University of Florida department of plant...
  • Scientists find 'secret molecule' that allows bacteria to exhale electricity

    09/18/2020 4:17:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Live Science ^ | 18 September 2020 | Brandon Specktor
    For mouthless, lungless bacteria, breathing is a bit more complicated than it is for humans. We inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide; Geobacter — a ubiquitous, groundwater-dwelling genus of bacteria — swallow up organic waste and "exhale" electrons, generating a tiny electric current in the process. Those waste electrons always need somewhere to go (usually into a plentiful underground mineral like iron oxide), and Geobacter have an unconventional tool to make sure they get there. "Geobacter breathe through what is essentially a giant snorkel, hundreds of times their size," That "snorkel" is called a nanowire. Though these tiny, conductive filaments...
  • A perfectly preserved Ice Age cave bear has been found in Russia -- even its nose is intact

    09/14/2020 3:24:33 PM PDT · by packrat35 · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/14/2020 | Anna Chernova and Lianne Kolirin, CNN
    The perfectly preserved remains of an Ice Age cave bear have been discovered in the Russian Arctic -- the first example of the species ever to be found with soft tissues intact. The astonishing find was made by reindeer herders on the Lyakhovsky Islands, which are part of the New Siberian islands archipelago in Russia's Far North. The bear could be as much as 39,500 years old. Prior to this, only the bones of cave bears had been unearthed, but this specimen even had its nose intact, according to a team of scientists from the North-Eastern Federal University (NEFU) in...
  • First ever preserved grown up cave bear - even its nose is intact - unearthed on the Arctic island

    09/14/2020 11:09:06 AM PDT · by SJackson · 32 replies
    Siberian Times ^ | 9/12/2020 | Anna Liesowska
    Separately at least one preserved carcass of a cave bear cub found on the mainland of Yakutia, with scientists hopeful of obtaining its DNA. More details of the finds are to be announced soon. Until now only the bones of cave bears have been discovered. The new finds are of ‘world importance’, according to one of Russia’s leading experts on extinct Ice Age species. Scientist Lena Grigorieva said of the island discovery of the adult beast: 'Today this is the first and only find of its kind - a whole bear carcass with soft tissues. 'It is completely preserved, with...
  • Turns Out There's Another Ocean Creature That Scares The Hell Out of Great White Sharks

    09/13/2020 1:40:18 PM PDT · by Capt. Tom · 71 replies
    Science Alert ^ | 13 SEPTEMBER 2020 | MICHELLE STARR
    Just when you think orcas couldn't possible be any more awesome, they get even better. A study in 2019 showed these whales are really good at scaring off the most feared beast in the sea. Yep. Orcas have toppled the great white shark off their 'apex predator' throne. A team of marine scientists found that great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) will make themselves extremely scarce whenever they detect the presence of orcas (Orcinus orca). "When confronted by orcas, white sharks will immediately vacate their preferred hunting ground and will not return for up to a year, even though the orcas...
  • “Singing” Dog Presumed Extinct In The Wild For 50 Years Has Been Rediscovered

    09/03/2020 8:23:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    Mysterious Universe ^ | 09/03/2020 | Jocelyne LeBlanc
    The New Guinea singing dog looks like a cross between a dingo and a wolf. Its head is on the smaller side with small brown eyes, a flat skull and erect ears that are set far apart. Its neck is strong and thick that goes down to its muscular body with a bushy fox-like tail. Their double-coated fur is normally light or dark brown with patches of white throughout its body and often at the tip of its tail. They can also have black or grey face masks. They’re quite small as they grow between 31-46 centimetres (1-1.5 feet) in...
  • Cells solved Henry VIII's infamous hedge maze by 'seeing around corners,' video shows

    08/27/2020 11:03:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies ^ | 27 August 2020 | Brandon Specktor
    For a single cell, the human body is a gargantuan maze of tissues, chemicals and capillaries, crammed full with trillions of other cells all bustling about like commuters at the world's busiest train station. In their new study, the researchers focused on a specific form of cell navigation called "self-generated" chemotaxis. It relies on a simple philosophy: cells want to move from areas of a lower concentration of attractant (in this case, an acidic solution called adenosine monophosphate) into areas with a higher concentration. To determine which branch holds the higher concentration of attractant, cells break down the molecules in...
  • "Supergiant" new species of isopod discovered in the deep ocean

    08/14/2020 1:01:31 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 66 replies
    New Atlas ^ | By Michael Irving -------------------------- August 13, 2020
    A close-up of Bathynomus raksasa, a new species of "supergiant" isopod Named Bathynomus raksasa, the holotype, or physical specimen that serves as the basis for the description and name of the new species, is a male that was measured to be 36.3 cm (14.3 in) long, which puts it among the largest giant isopods ever found. The second specimen was a female measuring 29.8 cm (11.7 in). Along with being bigger on average, the team noted other differences when compared to the closest known species, Bathynomus giganteus, including smoother “skin” and different body proportions and shapes. “The identification of this...
  • Scientists revive 100 million-year-old microbes from the sea

    07/28/2020 7:25:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    The tiny organisms had survived in the South Pacific seabed - in sediment that is poor in nutrients, but has enough oxygen to allow them to live. Microbes are among the earth's simplest organisms, and some can live in extreme environments where more developed life forms cannot survive. After incubation by the scientists, the microbes began to eat and multiply. Professor and study co-author Steven D'Hondt, from the University of Rhode Island, said the microbes came from the oldest samples taken from the seabed. "In the oldest sediment we've drilled, with the least amount of food, there are still living...
  • Scientists Revive 100-Million-Year-Old Microbes Found Deep Below the Bottom of the Ocean

    07/28/2020 1:05:03 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 69 replies ^ | By University of Rhode Island - - - - July 28, 2020
    Magnified image showing microbes revived from 101.5 million-year-old sediment. Credit: JAMSTEC ======================================================================= For decades, scientists have gathered ancient sediment samples from below the seafloor to better understand past climates, plate tectonics, and the deep marine ecosystem. In a new study published in Nature Communications, researchers reveal that given the right food in the right laboratory conditions, microbes collected from sediment as old as 100 million years can revive and multiply, even after laying dormant since large dinosaurs prowled the planet. The research team behind the new study, from the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), the URI Graduate...
  • These Ultra-Black Fish Are Almost Invisible, Cloaked in Nature's Darkest Colours

    07/17/2020 11:48:47 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 35 replies ^ | CARLY CASSELLA 16 JULY 2020
    (Karen Osborn/Smithsonian) ====================================================================================== In the darkness of the deep sea, where sunlight can barely reach, a single photon of light can blow an animal's cover. Scientists have now discovered at least 16 species of ultra-black fish, each equipped with specialised skin that allows them to evade detection while hunting or hiding in the dark. Absorbing 99.95 percent of all photons, this blacker-than-black exterior creates a cloak of invisibility against the ocean's dim backdrop. Even under a harsh spotlight, these creatures appear as mere silhouettes. Anoplogaster cornuta, better known as the common fangtooth. (Karen Osborn/Smithsonian) ================================================================================ Incidentally, this is what initially...
  • Bacteria that eats metal accidentally discovered by scientists

    07/16/2020 10:53:31 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | 07/16/2020 | By Amy Woodyatt
    California Institute of Technology (or Caltech) accidentally discovered the bacteria after performing unrelated experiments using a chalk-like type of manganese, a commonly found chemical element. Dr. Jared Leadbetter, professor of environmental microbiology at Caltech in Pasadena, left a glass jar covered with the substance to soak in tap water in his office sink, and left the vessel for several months when he went to work off campus. When he returned, Leadbetter found the jar coated with a dark material. Researchers discovered that the black coating found on the jar was oxidized manganese which had been generated by newly discovered bacteria...
  • Inside one man's quest to photograph the elusive 'Iliamna Lake monster'

    07/13/2020 10:38:21 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | Updated: May 8, 2019 | Alex DeMarban
    Tim La Porte, owner of Iliamna Air Taxi, vividly remembers seeing it in July 1977 as he and passengers banked near the lake's surface. The group spotted something very fish-like for a few seconds, maybe 15 feet long based on the size of a nearby skiff. "It arched its back and hit the water, which was glassy calm, and this wake radiated out from the great big splash," he said. "We saw a great, big tail going sideways, back and forth, going down." "I don't believe it's a whale, and it didn't act like the seals we've seen for years,...
  • Unusually large jellyfish off Israeli coasts

    07/12/2020 5:41:32 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 50 replies
    Every summer an influx of jellyfish is seen off the Israeli coast. This year the jellyfish are bigger than normal. As Israel's yearly jellyfish influx approaches its apex, University of Haifa's Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences has been studying the ecology and life cycle of jellyfish along Israel's coast. And as a huge swarm of jellyfish appeared off Haifa's coast, the University's researchers took the opportunity to get up close and personal with Israel's all-too-familiar summer marine animals — and this year they're larger than ever. "Overall, this is the summer bloom of jellyfish that we anticipate, but...
  • Some Scientists Think SARS May Have Come from Outer Space

    05/22/2003 5:47:54 PM PDT · by TaxRelief · 207 replies · 880+ views
    LONDON (Reuters) ^ | May 22, 2003 | Patricia Reaney
    LONDON (Reuters) - Could SARS have come from outer space? Some scientists think so. Instead of jumping from an unknown animal host in southern China, a few researchers in Britain believe the virus that has baffled medical experts descended from the stratosphere. "I think it is a possibility that SARS came from space. It is a very strong possibility," Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe told Reuters. The director of the Cardiff Center for Astrobiology in Wales and a proponent of the theory that life on Earth originated from space, admits the theory defies conventional wisdom. But in a letter published in The...
  • Deep-ocean vents are a source of oil and gas (evidence of abiogenic hydrocarbons)

    01/31/2008 9:42:53 PM PST · by neverdem · 40 replies · 1,338+ views
    Nature News ^ | 31 January 2008 | Rachel Courtland
    Hydrocarbons bubble up from the mid-Atlantic's Lost City. Deep-sea vents could offer a non-biological source of oil and gas.D. KELLEY & M. ELEND, UNIV. WASHINGTON INST. FOR EXPLORATION/URI-IAO/NOAA/THE LOST CITY SCIENCE TEAM Undersea thermal vents can yield unexpected bounty: natural gas and the building blocks of oil products. In a new analysis of Lost City, a hydrothermal field in the mid-Atlantic, researchers have found that these organic molecules are being created through inorganic processes, rather than the more typical decomposition of once-living material. Most of the planet's oil and natural gas deposits were created when decomposing biological matter is 'cooked'...