Meet an awesome blonde penguin

Tue, Aug 19, 2014

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Seafarers on a 2012 National Geographic-Lindblad expedition to Antarctica found this amazing and rare “blond” penguin on a colony on Aitcho Island. < The penguin actually suffers from a condition called isabellinism or leucism – not albinism.Though technically separate conditions, isabellinism and leucism are used interchangeably In albinism, there is a complete or partial lack of […]

#FossilFriday: Fossil Crab – Tumidocarcinus giganteus – Miocene

Fri, Aug 15, 2014

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Via Fossilera.com Tumidocarcinus giganteus roamed today’s New Zealand in the Miocene. The Miocene  is the first geological epoch of the Neogene period and extends from about 23.03 to 5.332 million years ago. Life in the Miocene was marked by the development of two new biomes, kelp forests and grasslands. This allows for more grazers, such […]

GeoPicture of the week: Cumulonimbus Cloud over Africa

Fri, Aug 15, 2014

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This stunning picture by NASA shows a Cumulonimbus above Africa, and an accurate description of the cloud and how it forms.

The most exotic material on the planet: researchers find dust from beyond the solar system

Fri, Aug 15, 2014

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Researchers believe they have found seven dust specs from outside the solar system. This is the first time we have the chance to directly analyze interstellar matter. The material was probably ejected from a supernova.

Student faces up to 8 years of jail for sharing scientist thesis on the web

Thu, Aug 14, 2014

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In 2011, Diego Gómez Hoyos posted someone’s thesis about amphibian taxonomy on scribd while still an undergrad, hoping that by sharing the work he would help other fellow biology students. Come 2013, Hoyos was sued by the owner of the work and now faces copyright charges that, if found guilty, could have him jailed for […]

Baby brains grow to half the adult size in just 90 days

Tue, Aug 12, 2014

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Researchers performed MRI scans on babies to see how their brains developed from birth to later stages. Their findings reveal the explosive growth of the human brain following birth: in just 90 days, the baby brain grows by 64% reaching half the adult size.

AstroPicture of the Day: Space Shuttle Concept (1969)

Mon, Aug 11, 2014

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When you think about it, they weren’t really that far off from what we are doing today, which you can see below. However, some key elements are indeed different – can you spot them?

Still hot inside the Moon? Earth gravity creating a hot layer

Mon, Aug 11, 2014

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Scientists have indirectly demonstrated the existence of a hot layer surrounding the Moon's core, through seismic and deformation studies. This layer is created by the gravity exerted by the Earth on the Moon and can provide valuable information regarding the evolution of the Earth-Moon system.

Chile earthquake triggered icequakes in Antarctica

Mon, Aug 11, 2014

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Chile is one of the most seismically active countries in the world. In 2010, it was struck by a powerful 8.8 earthquake which produced temblors throughout the entire country, as well as in Peru and Argentina. But a new study concluded that its effects were felt even further, in Antarctica, where several seismic stations recorded “icequakes,” probably […]

Scientists develop “water tractor beam”

Mon, Aug 11, 2014

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No one has ever studies this before, even though anyone can replicate the experiment in a bathtub. Researchers have developed a water tractor beam for which no mathematical model exists yet.

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