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New Glass Frog Species Has Transparent Skin on Its Tummy

A new species of glass frog has been discovered. The frog has transparent skin on its chest and tummy that reveals its organs underneath. The frog was discovered in the Amazonian Ecuador by a team of scientists led by Dr. Juan M. Guayasamin, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador. Read more... May 28, 2017

Tree Climbing Goats Help Argan Trees Disperse Seeds

Scientists say goats help argan trees disperse seeds. The goats love to climb up the trees and eat the olive-like fruit. The goats don't eat the seeds and spit them out. The spitted seeds can fall far enough away from the parent tree to enable new trees to grow. Read more... May 27, 2017

JunoCam Image Shows Multiple Storms Over Jupiter's South Pole

NASA shared this stunning image today. It shows multiple oval-shaped storms over Jupiter's south pole. The imagery was obtained by the JunoCam on NASA's Jupiter spacecraft. The image was captured on May 19 from an altitude of 32,000 miles. Read more... May 27, 2017

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

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