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Category: Life

National Geographic: Ghost Shark Caught on Camera for the First Time

Previously discovered in the deep sea near Australia, New Zealand, and New Caledonia, researchers observed the pointy-nosed blue chimaera in the North Pacific for the first time in 2009. This footage was captured by a remotely operated vehicle as far as 6,700 feet below the ocean surface. Only recently were experts able to confirm that …

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TED ED: Is there a reproducibility crisis in science? – Matt Anticole

Published scientific studies can motivate research, inspire products, and inform policy. However, recent studies that examined dozens of published pharmaceutical papers managed to replicate the results of less than 25% of them — and similar results have been found in other scientific disciplines. How do we combat this crisis of scientific irreproducibility? Matt Anticole investigates. …

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BBC: Planet Earth II: Widowbirds bounce for attention

Comical widowbirds are made for an entertaining spectacle with their mating dance; using trimmed grass stems to create a stage (or “bachelor pad”, as Attenborough calls it), the birds perform aerobatic leaps to impress the ladies.  

Science Magazine: We Don’t Know: Magnetoreception

This episode explores animals’ ability to perceive magnetism or “magnetoreception.” We know from behavioral evidence that many organisms, from bacteria, to lobsters, to pigeons sense and respond to magnetic fields but we are just starting to learn how this works.  

BBC: Planet Earth II | The Blind Assassin Of The Desert

The Golden Mole is completely blind, but that has not hindered this deadly predator. It’s found an ingenious way of pinpointing prey in the desert using it’s exceptional hearing, and for best effect, it must burrow under the sand. This clip was taken from the Deserts episode of Planet Earth II.  

BBC: Planet Earth II | Iguana vs Snakes

Building cities upward rather than outward can help solve a lot of problems that come with living in our terrible urban sprawls. People would spend less time stuck in traffic during their commutes. Water could be saved with smaller distribution and less pike leakage. We’d also reduce our carbon footprint. And also, taller buildings are …

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DNews: What Does Bone Marrow Actually Do?

Bone marrow transplants are known to save lives, but how? What makes bone marrow so special?  

Science Magazine: Turning up plant efficiency

A small change to recovery mechanism means big change in crop output. Genetically modified tobacco plants turn on photosynthesis faster when shade follows dangerous sunlight.  

David de Meulles: Polar bear petting dog

David De Meulles captured this tender moment on his phone, although unknowable of what would happen – it perhaps turned out better than expected for the dog. Alexandra Klasinski shared the clip on twitter of this giant polar bear pet a dog on its head in Churchill, Manitoba.  

DNews: Why Do We Have Baby Teeth?

Most mammals have deciduous teeth (baby teeth or “milk teeth” that are shed). Turns out that dentition is super important for mammals, as they diversified thanks to very specialized teeth, to eat many different foods. We humans are mammals, but what are the specific point of us humans having baby teeth? Do they serve a …

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BBC: Planet Earth II | Swimming Sloth Searches For Mate

This male pygmy three-toed sloth swims between mangroves on the island of Escudo on the hunt for a mate and shows that a mating call of a female even makes a goofy, long-limbed furmonster – a good swimmer.  

Caters TV: Animals in Mirrors Hilarious Reactions

Innovative French photographer Xavier Hubert-Brierre travelled to Gabon with his wife and set up a mirror in several locations in order to capture wild animals that happens to walk by.  

BBC: Planet Earth II | Rare snow leopards caught on camera

BBC is now broadcasting the much anticipated sequel to its critically acclaimed nature documentary series Planet Earth. Every episode features a global overview of a different biome or habitat on Earth. The second episode is all about mountains and the team managed to film one of the most majestic of all mountain creatures – the …

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Science Magazine: We Don’t Know: Pain

Pain has evolved to motivate us to withdraw from damaging situations, to protect a damaged body part while it heals, and to avoid similar experiences in the future. Perhaps the same is true for emotional pain? Even if it isn’t avoidable in the first place. Science magazine latest “We Don’t Know”, a series on things …

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TED: The beauty of what we’ll never know | Pico Iyer

Almost 30 years ago, Pico Iyer took a trip to Japan, fell in love with the country and moved there. A keen observer of the human spirit, Iyer professes that he now feels he knows far less about Japan — or, indeed, about anything — than he thought he knew three decades ago. In this …

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Science Magazine: 100 Years of Pollen

Science Magazine made this animated short about pollen, as they describe, one of nature’s most humble objects but also one of its most durable, and it can tell us a lot about the past. Quick fact: Each pollen grain contains vegetative (non-reproductive) cells (only a single cell in most flowering plants but several in other …

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American Museum of Natural History: Human Population Through Time

It took 200,000 years for our human population to reach 1 billion—and only 200 years to reach 7 billion. But growth has begun slowing, as women have fewer babies on average. When will our global population peak? And how can we minimize our impact on Earth’s resources, even as we approach 11 billion?  

PBS: Why Don’t Ants Get Stuck In Traffic?

This episode of PBS Digital Studios’ “It’s Okay to Be Smart” series is called “Why Don’t Ants Get Stuck in Traffic?” An interesting look at human behavior. With the current growing conversations about self-driving cars and how they will affect our driving patterns, this is a great addition.  

Science Magazine: Even without ears, jumping spiders can hear you

You’d probably never notice a jumping spider across your living room, but it would surely notice you. The arachnids are known for their brilliant eyesight, and a new study shows they have even greater sensory prowess than we thought: Jumping spiders can hear sounds even though they don’t have ears—or even eardrums.  

Collecting the World: Inside the Smithsonian

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History has over 144 million different objects in its collections. A sample of these collections are on display to the public, but 99 percent of the Smithsonian’s treasures remain behind the scenes. Scientists work with these objects to study and decipher the world we live in, each specimen offering …

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