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Flatworm Returns From Space With Two Heads!

By Kim Bussing on July 6, 2017
Flatworm Returns From Space With Two Heads!

Worms are not the first thing that come to mind when one thinks of space travelers. However, that is exactly what the researchers from Tufts University decided to send to the International Space Station (ISS) on January 10, 2015. Some were left whole, others had their head or tail sliced off, while a few poor souls went to space with neither head nor tail! The group of planarian flatworms (Dugesia japonica) selected for their ability to regenerate any body part, were in varying states. Some were left whole, others had their head or tail sliced off, while a select few were shipped with neither head nor tail!

Mystery Of California's Albino Redwoods May Be Finally Solved

By Sarah Benton Feitlinger on July 1, 2017
Mystery Of California's Albino Redwoods May Be Finally Solved

To say that California’s redwoods are amazing is an understatement. The majestic trees that have been around for millions of years have a lifespan of up to 2,000 years and can reach heights of over 300 feet, so tall that the tops are often invisible. Over the years, researchers have been able to discover a lot about these sturdy survivors that are resistant to pests, fire, and rot, grow three to ten feet a year, and capture more human-generated carbon dioxide (CO2) than any other tree on Earth.

Alaska Fishermen Grapple With Killer Whale "Bandits"

By Meera Dolasia on June 26, 2017
Alaska Fishermen Grapple With Killer Whale "Bandits"

Pods of crafty orcas in Alaska’s Bering Sea have figured out an easy way to get fed. Instead of seeking out the fish themselves, the clever whales chase down fishing boats and steal the entire day’s catch, as much as 20,000 to 30,000 pounds of halibut and black cod, in a single swoop.

The Once Pristine Henderson Island Is Now Covered With Plastic Waste

By Kim Bussing on June 22, 2017
The Once Pristine Henderson Island Is Now Covered With Plastic Waste

Henderson Island in the south Pacific Ocean has always been known for its remarkable biological diversity and untouched ecology. Now, the remote UNESCO World Heritage site that lies 3,100 miles (5,000 km) from the closest human settlement, can also lay claim to being one of the most polluted places on Earth.

Australian Teen Invents "Clever GIRL" To Warn Swimmers Of Deadly Rip Currents

By Sarah Benton Feitlinger on June 14, 2017
Australian Teen Invents "Clever GIRL" To Warn Swimmers Of Deadly Rip Currents

Every ocean lover knows the perils of getting caught in a rip current. Experienced swimmers know it is relatively easy to escape the narrow channel of fast moving water by floating and allowing it to drag you further into the ocean or by swimming alongside the shore. However, novice beachgoers often panic, and try to swim to land, placing themselves at risk of drowning due to fatigue. According to the US National Ocean Service, the currents kill about 100 Americans each year and account for 80% of all lifeguard rescues. These scary statistics may soon be a thing of the past, thanks to Clever GIRL (Global Intelligent Rip Locator), a smart buoy that alerts swimmers of the presence of deadly rip currents.

Chicago Botanic Garden Visitors Witness The Rare Bloom Of Two Corpse Flowers

By Meera Dolasia on June 13, 2017
Chicago Botanic Garden Visitors Witness The Rare Bloom Of Two Corpse Flowers

Some fortunate visitors to the Chicago Botanic Garden recently witnessed the rare opening of not one, but two, titan arums. Better known as corpse flowers due to their pungent odor that resembles decaying flesh, the massive plants bloom once every ten years, and that too, for only a few hours. However, that may be a good thing given that when the petals unfurl, the stench emanated is so foul that it has earned the titan arum the title of the “world's smelliest flower.”

Humpback Calves "Whisper" To Their Moms To Avoid Predators

By Maitreyi Mantha on June 10, 2017
Humpback Calves "Whisper" To Their Moms To Avoid Predators

Every winter, hundreds of humpback whales migrate long distances from their high latitude feeding grounds in the Arctic and Antarctic to warmer tropical regions to breed and give birth. The newborn calves, which consume over 52 gallons of milk on a daily basis, have only a few months to pack on the body fat needed to survive the long trek back to cooler waters in summer. How the babies signal hunger and avoid predators during these formative months has always been a mystery to scientists.

Dubai Deploys A Real-Life Robocop To Help Citizens

By Kim Bussing on June 8, 2017
Dubai Deploys A Real-Life Robocop To Help Citizens

The city-state of Dubai that is home to the world’s tallest building, manmade islands shaped like palm trees, drone taxis, and jetpack wielding firefighters, is fast cementing its reputation as the city of the future. On May 22, Dubai officials added to their list of futuristic accomplishments with the introduction of the world’s first operational robot police officer.

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