Animals, Biology

Meet the aye-aye: the strangest looking primate in the world

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Exclusively found in the north-eastern parts of Madagascar, these peculiarly looking primates may both be the strangest and adorable looking things you’ll see all day. Aye-ayes (Daubentonia madagascariensis) are dark brown or black and are distinguished by a bushy tail that is larger than their body; and they also look like gremlins. Distinguishing features include big, penetrating eyes, large sensitive ears and very…

Biology, Feature Post, Videos

Rare Deep Sea Creature Caught on Camera

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Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus is a 64-meter research vessel currently operated by dr. Robert Ballard, the discovered of Titanic’s shipwreck. Now, Hercules’ camera spotted an extremely elusive deep sea creature – a siphonophore. The siphonophore an order of the Hydrozoa, a class of marine animals belonging to the phylum Cnidaria, which also includes jellyfish. Although a siphonophore appears to be a…

Biology, News

Colossal squid weighing 350kg pulled from Antarctica

Defrosting a colossal squid.  Photo: Marty Melville

A female colossal squid weighing 350 kilograms (771 pounds) was discovered in the Atlantic. As it turns out, the female also had eggs – becoming only the second specimen found with eggs. The colossal squid is believed to be the largest squid species in terms of mass. It is the only known member of its genus and can reach sizes…

Biology, Chemistry, Diseases, News

Skin-penetrating ionic liquids mixed with antibiotics provide better way of killing microbes

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As microbes become more and more resistant to antibiotics and cleaning products, it’s crucial that we find better, more efficient way of fending them off. Dr. Samir Mitragotri from the University of California at Santa Barbara has led a team which showed that ionic liquids (ILs), also known as liquid salts, dramatically improve the treatment of microbial biofilm skin infections, while also…

Biology, Diseases, Health & Medicine, News

The origin of fever: study shows it stems from the brain

Researchers have described the mechanism of formation for a key substance that triggers fever. Image: Flickr

Occasionally we’re hit by fever. Nobody likes it, most sane people actually hate it, but it’s important to note that it’s an important part of the healing process. Fever is a result of the immune response by your body to foreign invaders like viruses, bacteria, fungi, drugs, or other toxins. Research showed that it is triggered by an onset of the…

Biology, News

Artificial cell can move on its own

This isn't a child-like animation, but real, genuine footage of an artificial cell moving under a microscope. Image: gif created for video produced by TUM.

In an attempt to further out understanding of cell deformation and mechanics, researchers at the Technische Universität München (TUM) have built an artificial cellular model that can change its shape and move on its own. Cells are complex biological objects that exhibit sophisticated metabolic functions. Primordial cells, however, were much simpler in design: just a membrane and a couple of…

Art, Biology, Feature Post

Amazing art made out of living cells

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Cellular biology can be breathtakingly exciting. Just imaging peering through the absolute tiniest forms of life – a whole different universe in itself! Many times, in this cellular universe, you witness chaos, but here’s where Brazilian multidisciplinary artist Vik Muniz   and self-described “bacteria enthusiast” Tal Danino come in. The two paired and launched an ambitious and amazing project, in which…

Animals, Biology, News

Blue whales in California bounce back to 1900s numbers

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We often report how many species around the world are becoming extinct, but it’s heart warming to report from time to time that some conservation efforts really do work. For instance, a new report found that Blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus), the largest animals on Earth, have steadily increased in population around the Californian waters to the point it’s almost as high as…

Biology, Geology, News

Dreadnoughtus schrani, a newly named dinosaur, is the largest to ever walk the face of the Earth

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A newly found superdinosaur Dreadnoughtus schrani, is the largest known land animal for which mass can be accurately calculated, a recent study concluded. The giant speciment, which isn’t even fully grown, probably measured 85 feet long and weighed about 65 tons. The name literally means “fear nothing”, and the dinosaur has already been nicknamed Dread. It is named after the British battleship HMS…

Biology, News

Deep Sea ‘mushroom’ is a new branch of life, defying classification in the tree of life

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A team of scietists from the University of Copenhagen have found a mushroom shaped animal which they believe doesn’t fit in any known subdivision of the animal kingdom. Such a situation has happened only a few times in the past 100 years. Researchers aren’t exactly sure where to fit it, but they have a pretty good idea. It’s a multicellular…