Sorting Hat Spider Makes List of Top 10 New Species for 2017

  • Every year the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) publishes a list of the Top 10 New Species for 2017. This year there is a clear winner especially if you are Harry Potter fan. It is the Sorting Hat Spider (Eriovixia gryffindori) named after the Sorting Hat in the Harry Potter series. The spider is pictured above sitting on a leaf. Read more... May 22, 2017

  • New Elfin Mountain Toad Discovered in Southern Vietnam

  • Herpetologists have discovered a new species of Elfin mountain toad in Vietnam. The new species (Ophryophryne elfina) was found in the elfin forests of southern Vietnam. The new amphibian is the third known species in the genus Ophryophryne that inhabit Langbian Plateau. Read more... May 22, 2017

  • Cyclops Baby Goat Born in Village in India

    This baby goat was recently born in a village in Assam, India. It suffers from several birth defects, including cyclopia. It has one large single eye in the middle of its forehead like the cyclops from Greek mythology. Read more... May 20, 2017

    Two New Species of African Mole-Rat Discovered

    Scientists have discovered two new African mole-rat species. They were found by researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), together with colleagues in Tanzania and at the University of Pretoria. The species were both found in Tanzania around Mount Hanang and at Ujiji on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. Read more... May 8, 2017

    Tiny New Species of Tree Climbing Crab Discovered in Hong Kong

    Scientists have discovered a new species of tree-climbing crab in Hong Kong. The crab, named Haberma tingkok, is described in research led by Dr Stefano Cannicci at the Swire Institute of Marine Sciences (SWIMS) and School of Biological Sciences, the University of Hong Kong (HKU). Read more... May 5, 2017

    Scientists Use CRISPR to Create Red-Eyed Mutant Wasps

    Scientists at UC Riverside's Akbari lab created a new strain of wasps with red eyes. The mutant wasps were created using CRISPR gene-slicing technology. They wanted to prove that the technology can be used on tiny parasitic jewel wasps. The modified wasp is pictured on the right in the above image. Read more... April 25, 2017

    Ancient Sea Scorpion Slashed Prey With Serrated Tail Spine

    Eurypterids (also known as sea scorpions) inhabited the seas around 430 million years ago. They grew up to 3 meters in length and had flexible bodies and pinching claws. University of Alberta scientists Scott Persons and John Acorn hypothesize that these ancient sea monsters could also kill using their serrated, slashing tail spines. Read more... April 25, 2017

    U.S. Navy Tests New Submarine Steam Suits

    The U.S. Navy has been testing new submarine steam suits. Machinist's Mate nuclear 2nd Class Cameron Sebastian is pictured testing the newest suit in the above photograph. The suit is described the by the Navy as the next generation of protective fear for emergency responders combating steam line links aboard submarines. Read more... April 18, 2017

    Astronomers Use ALMA to Investigate DeeDee Planetary Body

    Astronomers are using ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) to investigate DeeDee, a recently discovered planetary body in our solar system. It is about three times the current distance of Pluto from the Sun. It is the second most distant known trans-Neptunian object (TNO) with a confirmed orbit. It is also known as planetary body 2014 UZ224. Read more... April 18, 2017

    Japanese Volleyball Association Unveils Volleyball Robot

    Researchers from the Japanese Volleyball Association and the University of Tsukuba have developed a volleyball robot. The robot is called a block machine. It features multiple defenders with their arms up that attempt to block the ball. Read more... April 16, 2017