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NASA Telescope Finds Seven Earth-Sized Planets in Habitable Zone Around a Single Star

NASA researchers have announced the discovery of seven Earth-sized planets in the habitable zone around a single star. It is the most habitable-zone planets discovered around a single star so far. The star is located about 40 light-years from Earth in the constellation Aquarius. Even if none of these planets end up having life it certainly suggests there are many such planets in the Universe. Read more... February 22, 2017

Amoeba's Carapace Resembles Gandalf's Wizard Hat

A newly discovered species of amoeba has been named after the wizard Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings. The microorganism has a carapace that resembles the wizard's hat. The carapace is a shell-like structure used by the amoeba to protect itself. Read more... February 20, 2017

Penguins at Steinhart Aquarium Given Red Hearts for Valentine's Day

Penguins at the Steinhart Aquarium were given Valentine hearts yesterday for Valentine's Day. The aquarium is run by the California Academy of Sciences. The hearts had cute messages like "You give me Happy Feet" and "Waddle I do without you." Read more... February 15, 2017

Candy-Striped Hermit Crab Discovered in Caribbean

The Candy-Striped Hermit Crab is a newly discovered species of hermit crab. The hermit crab was photographed and recorded on video by underwater photographer Ellen Muller at dive sites in the National Marine Park of the southern Caribbean island of Bonaire. Read more... January 27, 2017

Insect With Triangular Head Preserved in 100 Million Year Old Amber

Researchers from Oregon State University discovered an unusual looking insect preserved in 100-million-year-old amber. The insect has a triangular head and alien-like appearance. It has ant-like body. Read more... January 26, 2017

Doomsday Clock Moved 30 Seconds Closer to Midnight Because of Donald Trump

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has moved the Doomsday Clock 30 second closer to midnight. The clock is now set at two and a half minutes to midnight. This is the first time the clock has been moved less than a full minute. Read more... January 26, 2017

World's Largest Banana Collection in Belgium is Adding Potatoes

The world's largest collection of bananas is located at the University of Leuven in Belgium. The collection has over 1,500 varieties of bananas. Leuven is now expanding its collection to include potatoes and will be adding 8,000 potato varieties from the International Potato Centre in Peru. Read more... January 23, 2017

Ants Use the Sun for Guidance When Walking Backwards

Ants often walk backwards when they are dragging large pieces of food and other items back to the nest. The photograph above shows an a backwards walking ant (Myrmecia piliventris) dragging an earwig back to its nest in Canberra, Australia. Scientists have discovered that ants rely on both the sun and their memories to help them find their way home while walking backwards. Read more... January 19, 2017

New Moth Species Named After Donald Trump

A new moth species has been named after President-elect Donald J. Trump. The moth species has yellowish-white scales on its head that resembles Trump's hair. The species was named by evolutionary biologist Dr. Vazrick Nazari. Read more... January 18, 2017

Researchers Capture Footage of the Ruby Seadragon in the Wild for the First Time

Researchers have recorded the first video footage of a Ruby Seadragon in the wild. The researchers were led by scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and the Western Australian Museum. Before this recorded video the the Ruby Seadragon was known only from four preserved specimens. The scientific expedition took place off the coast of Western Australia Read more... January 14, 2017

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