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Dolphin Deaths Continue Along East Coast, May Indicate Poor Ocean Health
Dec 24, 2013 15:35 PM E
Over 1,000 dolphins have died along the East Coast of the United States this year, exceeding the 1987-88 dolphin die-off. Morbillivirus has claimed a majority of the dolphins, but there are other causes for the deaths, especially in Florida. The deaths may be an indication of poor ocean health along the East Coast.
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Top 10 Science Stories Of 2013: From Drone Delivery To Exploding Meteors
Dec 24, 2013 12:00 PM E
The International Science Times has gotten together and created the top 10 science stories of 2013, a snapshot of the current state of research, health, and design.
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Could Rudolph Be Real? Reindeers Can Have Red Noses Due To Densely Packed Blood Vessels [VIDEO]
Dec 24, 2013 10:43 AM E
Researchers in Sweden used thermal imaging to show that the Rudolph the red nosed reindeer's nose color is possibly based on scientific fact.
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Evolution of Ovenbird Species Is Driven By Isolation, Not By Need To Differentiate
Dec 22, 2013 13:02 PM E
A study has found that it's not because of competition that birds' songs evolve differently, but because the birds evolve isolated from one another, subsequently meeting other birds of the same species millions of years later.
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Reindeer Eyes Change Color To Adapt To Arctic Seasons' Crazy Light Changes
Dec 21, 2013 12:15 PM E
Reindeers' eye color shifts as a result of light changes in Arctic seasons. The tapetum lucidum, which sits behind the retina, changes to blue in winter months when reindeers' pupils dilate for months on end. It is the first time a mammals' tapetum lucidum has been shown to change color.
Argiope keyserlingi
Male Spider Uses 'Courtship Vibrations' When Mating To Avoid Being Eaten
Dec 21, 2013 11:37 AM E
There's a kind of spider, of the genus Argiope, that has to perform` a little dance before approaching a potential mate. Otherwise, she'll eat him.
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Niijima, The New Volcanic Island In Japan Isn't Sinking, As Some Predicted — It's Growing
Dec 20, 2013 17:05 PM E
When volcanic activity under a Japanese island chain sprouted new earth last month, the government was hesitant to name the inchoate land mass. Now, the island appears not to be going anywhere.
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Hyoid Bone In Neanderthals' Necks Suggests That They Could Speak Like Humans
Dec 20, 2013 16:09 PM E
Neanderthals may have been able to speak like modern humans, according to a study published this week in PLoS One. The research hinges on the presence of the hyoid bone, a structure in the neck that supports the tongue and allows for speech.
The Female Flower of the Amborella Holds Secrets About All the World's Flowers
Exotic Amborella Flower Yields Secrets About Origins Of Blossoms On Earth, And Answers Questions That Vexed Darwin
Dec 20, 2013 14:56 PM E
Genetic mapping of the exotic Amborella, a tree found only in New Caledonia, has confirmed a theory about how flowers got their start on Earth millions of years ago — answering a question that vexed Charles Darwin, and holding promises for improvements in crop production.
Aztec Calendar from Mexico
Winter Solstice 2013: The Shortest Day Of The Year Is Loaded With Tradition, Customs, And Scientific Meaning
Dec 20, 2013 12:04 PM E
Ever wonder why the winter solstice - the shortest day and longest night of the year - invariably falls on December 21? The answer in a word is earth's tilt.
Dolphins
Gulf Oil Spill Had Serious Effect On Dolphins, Causing Deadly Lung Disease
Dec 19, 2013 20:26 PM E
Dolphins off the coast of Louisiana have been diagnosed with rare lung diseases that government scientists say is directly caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
A zebra can confound a dangerous predator and an annoying insect simultaneously.
Zebras May 'Dazzle' Predators and Insects With Two Optical Illusions At Once
Dec 19, 2013 17:05 PM E
Zebras may be employing the barber-pole illusion and the wagon-wheel effect simultaneously, as part of their "motion camouflage" arsenal.
desert rose socotra
The Alien-Like Plant Life Of The Socotra Archipelago Is Insane And Beautiful [PHOTOS]
Dec 19, 2013 15:30 PM E
Socotra may be the most alien-like place on earth. The Yemeni archipelago contains unique plant life, one third of which isn't found anywhere else on earth. Socotra is among the most isolated non-volcanic landforms on our planet.
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Extinct Moa Birds Of New Zealand Were Not As Robust As Previously Thought
Dec 18, 2013 17:49 PM E
The extinct moa bird of New Zealand was not as robust as previously believed, new research suggests. The University of Manchester study digitally reconstructed several moa species and found that their body mass was large, but not as large as past estimates.
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