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Australia's Thorny Devil Lizards Drink Water By Burying Themselves In The Sand

By Sarah Benton Feitlinger on December 7, 2016
Australia's Thorny Devil Lizards Drink Water By Burying Themselves In The Sand

The thorny devil, named for the sharp spikes that cover its head and body, is a lizard that dwells in the Australian Outback’s hot and arid desert. Though its scary appearance has earned it other equally alarming names like the thorny dragon or the mountain devil, the palm-sized reptile is a harmless, slow-moving animal that has managed to adapt to one of the world’s most inhospitable environments. While researchers know a lot about these hardy lizards, the one mystery that had never been completely solved, is how they keep hydrated.

Hour Of Code Is Designed To Inspire Kids From 4 to 104!

By Meera Dolasia on December 1, 2016
Hour Of Code Is Designed To Inspire Kids From 4 to 104!

From December 5-11, millions of kids in over 180 countries will take the Hour of Code challenge. The annual initiative, which coincides with Computer Science week, is organized by Seattle-based non-profit Code.org to demystify the world of coding, and inspire students of all backgrounds and ages to consider a career in software engineering.

Qizai, World's Only Captive Brown And White Panda, Thrives Against All Odds

By Meera Dolasia on November 29, 2016
Qizai, World's Only Captive Brown And White Panda, Thrives Against All Odds

With only about 1,800 specimens left in the wild, all giant pandas are precious. However, Qizai, a seven-year-old that resides at the Foping Panda Valley in China’s Shaanxi province, is even more so. That’s because he is amongst a handful of giant pandas known to have brown and white fur and the only such specimen in captivity. However, while the 220-pound Qizai is now the superstar of the animal world, life has not always been easy.

56-Year-Old NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson Is The Oldest Woman In Space

By Meera Dolasia on November 28, 2016
56-Year-Old NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson Is The Oldest Woman In Space

On November 19, after two days aboard a Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft, NASA’s Peggy Whitson, along with Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy and rookie ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, docked at the International Space Station (ISS). In doing so, America’s most experienced female astronaut became the oldest woman in space, breaking the former record set by Barbara Morgan who reached the ISS at age 55.

The New Snapchat Spectacles Are As Cool As The App!

By Jeffrey Shao on November 21, 2016
The New Snapchat Spectacles Are As Cool As The App!

Snapchat, the popular social media app that allows users to share photos or short videos, or “snaps,” has taken the world by storm since its launch in 2012. Now, the company has done it again with the release of Snapchat Spectacles — stylish sunglasses that can record short video clips.

Ants Trapped Inside Abandoned Nuclear Bunker Develop A Unique Society

By Maitreyi Mantha on November 20, 2016
Ants Trapped Inside Abandoned Nuclear Bunker Develop A Unique Society

The fact that ants are fascinating insects has been known for some time. The tiny creatures that make their way around using their built-in GPS, survive floods by morphing into living rafts and are even reputed to predict earthquakes. Now, scientists have discovered a colony of wood ants living in a dark underground barren bunker despite having no apparent source of food.

NASA's $8.7 Billion James Webb Space Telescope Will Help Unlock The Universe's Secrets

By Kim Bussing on November 16, 2016
NASA's $8.7 Billion James Webb Space Telescope Will Help Unlock The Universe's Secrets

The Hubble Space Telescope that has been orbiting the Earth since 1990, has and continues to reveal the secrets of planets, stars, and galaxies that lie trillions of miles away. In 2018, it will finally be retired and replaced by the larger, and more powerful, James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). The announcement, made by NASA on November 2, culminates a 20-year quest to build a state of the art telescope that cost $8.7 billion and required the construction of new assembly and testing facilities

Researchers Stumble Upon A Treasure Trove Of Ancient Shipwrecks in The Black Sea

By Kim Bussing on November 14, 2016
Researchers Stumble Upon A Treasure Trove Of Ancient Shipwrecks in The Black Sea

When the international team of sailors and researchers led by Professor Jon Adams from the University of Southampton established the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project, their primary goal was to map the sea floor and study the prehistoric landscapes flooded during the last Ice Age. So you can only imagine their delight, when they stumbled upon an unexpected treasure trove of perfectly preserved shipwrecks, many of which are known from historical sources, but have never been seen before.

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