China’s Endangered ‘MAGIC RABBIT’ Rediscovered and Photographed For the First Time in 20 Years

China’s Endangered ‘MAGIC RABBIT’ Rediscovered and Photographed For the First Time in 20 Years In remote northwest China, the cliffs of the Tian Shan mountains provide the last holdout for the Ili pika, a tiny rabbit relative with a shrinking habitat. The Ili pika was always a rare and elusive creature, and it’s becoming rarer. […]

Plants transmit light down stems to roots to ‘see’ underground

Plants transmit light down stems to roots to ‘see’ underground Plants can turn their roots into virtual flashlights to promote new growth by piping sunlight down their stems, New Scientist reports. Light is reflected down the stem and through the roots by receptors called phytochromes, researchers say in their paper in the journal Science Signaling. […]

Experts are swarming to save Maltese bees

Experts are swarming to save Maltese bees Experts ‘swarmed’ in Malta this week to push for the introduction of policies to safeguard Maltese bees, which they say may soon be extincted. Speaking to this newspaper ahead of a conference being held today and tomorrow, entomologist and senior lecturer at the University’s Institute of Earth Systems, […]

Mysterious Giant Snowballs Rolls Into Siberia

Mysterious Giant Snowballs Rolls Into Siberia   Giant frozen orbs recently appeared along an 11-mile stretch of Siberian coastline. The largest of the naturally formed snowballs measured nearly 3 feet across, according to Russian news reports. This frosty phenomenon is connected to ongoing weather events that could bring heavier snowfall in parts of North America […]

Deadly Lake Under the Sea Discovered in the Gulf of Mexico

Scientists have discovered a ‘lake’ in the Gulf of Mexico. Everyone, who enters this pool at the bottom of the sea will suffer horribly. Erik Cordes, associate professor of biology at Temple University, has researched the pool and described his findings in the journal Oceanography. “It was one of the most amazing things in the […]

Textbooks Have Been Getting Fern Sex Wrong, Paper Claims

Even people who grow them as air-purifying houseplants may not give all that much thought to they way ferns reproduce. The process is a truly strange one. However, according to a paper inBiosciences, it’s not the strange one described in biology textbooks. Ferns were the original forest giants, emerging 300 million years ago in the Carboniferous era. […]

Why did a humpback whale just save this seal’s life?

At first it seemed like the usual, deviously clever attack. Several killer whales were trying to catch a Weddell seal that had taken refuge atop a drifting patch of Antarctic ice. The orcas swam alongside each other, creating a wave that knocked the hapless pinniped into the water. Death seemed certain. Then something amazing happened: […]

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