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Paleontologists Report the Discovery of Modern Whales’ Ancestors

Paleontologists Report the Discovery of Modern Whales’ Ancestors

Scientists at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences reported about the recently discovered fossils of a previously unknown ancestor of living cetaceans. The animal was named Peregocetus pacificus translating as “the traveling whale that reached the Pacific”.\n
How do high-rise buildings harm migratory birds?

How do high-rise buildings harm migratory birds?

High property costs are forcing most contemporary cities to grow upwards. This creates new challenges for birds: they constantly crash into high-rise buildings. The situation is particularly dangerous after dark.
Plants will help us colonize Mars

Plants will help us colonize Mars

Plants are structurally complex, and a lot of the processes they go through could be used for the benefit of mankind. Scientists at the University of Melbourne are currently considering how our Earth neighbors could help us colonize Mars.

The first animals on Earth didn't look the way we used to think

Dickinsonia fossils were last found more than 50 years ago. Science has since made impressive progress and scientists at the Australian National University have questioned the structure of one of the oldest species.

PSR J0002+6216 - "sprinter" among the stars

The rotation speed of stars around the galaxy centers does not usually exceed 100 km/sec. But in recent years, scientists have found increasingly more objects with significantly higher speeds and PSR J0002+6216 is one of the fastest recently- discovered stars.

Drones to help mankind colonise Mars

Using the Martian cavities to house colonisers’ first bases is one of the most popular concepts today. This is where drones come into play to help mapping the intricate alien mazes on the far-off planet.

Worst storm in history hits Africa

The city of Beira in Mozambique suffered twice: it was recently hit by a massively destructive storm, but there was nothing left to destroy as the city had been demolished by the Idai Cyclone just a week earlier. The tragedy has been called the ‘worst disaster to strike the Southern hemisphere’.

Mars on Earth: where it is and what it looks like

Devon is one of the largest uninhabited islands in the world, located in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. But this isn’t the only thing that makes it unique: the island’s special climate and landscape make it practically identical to Mars.

Mercury Found to Be the Closest Planet to Earth

The newly created model of the Solar System makes it possible to accurately determine the positions of the planets while they move around the Sun. It turned out that most of the time the planet closest to the Earth is Mercury.

Liquid terminator not far off – a new generation alloy is created

US chemists have developed a new type of liquid metal, which can be manipulated with magnetic field. Previously, such materials moved only horizontally, but they can now move vertically as well.

American scientists develop highly efficient solution for icy roads

People living in cold countries constantly run into trouble with infrastructure. Ice is detrimental towards equipment, roads and airstrips, which is why experts are actively engaged in developing new devices and materials to get rid of it.

Mantis Shrimp to Help Create an Underwater Gun

Mantis shrimps have uniquely designed claws which to a great extent ensured the survival of the species. But how can it help people, especially in making underwater weapons?

Scientists activate ancient mammoth cells

There has been talk of bringing mammoths back to life for quite some time now. Some scientists limit their ambitions to genetically modifying elephants, while others try to revive the cells of an animal that died thousands of years ago.

Nervous System Activity Captured on Video for the First Time

Columbia scientists and engineers were able to videotape fruit fly's nerve cells in action using a 3D microscope.

Scientists present the sound of our universe

NASA has posted a video on their official YouTube channel showing a photo taken in space, accompanied by somewhat disturbing, but ultimately spectacular sounds. Representatives from the agency have explained that the ‘music’ was created based on ultrasound signals.