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Wildlife Photographer of the Year Winners (October 22, 2018):

A photograph of two gazing snub-nosed monkeys wins 2018 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. You can see the winning photo and other finalists on BBC News.

Jurassic-Era Piranha Discovered (October 20, 2018):

A Jurassic fish with piranha-like teeth has been discovered. It has been named Piranhamesodon pinnatomus. You can read a report on the earliest known flesh-eating fish in BBC News. The study was reported in Current Biology.

Congo Ebola Outbreak: 78 Cases, 44 Deaths (August 19, 2018):

The latest Ebola outbreak in the Congo has climbed to 78 cases with 44 deaths. The 78 cases include ten health workers.

CHIME Radio Detects Fast Radio Burst Signal (August 2, 2018):

Canada's CHIME radio telescope has picked up a fast radio burst (FRB) from deep space. This is the first-ever FRB detected from space at frequencies below 700MHz. The signal has been named FRB 180725A The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment is a new Canadian telescope.

Lizard Hurricane Study with Leafblowers (July 26, 2018):

Harvard researchers use leaf blowers to see how Caribbean island lizards hang on during hurricane force winds. The lizards in the experiment are anoles. No anoles were harmed and lizards that let go were captured safetly in nets. You can watch the video on YouTube here.

Briny Ice Lake on Mars? (July 25, 2018):

Researchers may have discovered an ice lake on Mars. The briny ice lake was discovered beneath the southern polar ice cap. It was discovered using MARSIS instrument, a low-frequency radar on the Mars Express spacecraft. You can find out more about the discover on CNN.

Floating Skeletons in Mysterious Sarcophagus (July 19, 2018):

Archaeologists have opened the large mysterious sarcophagus discovered in Alexandria. Inside they found three skeletons floating in a pool of brackish red water. The red water is possibly sewage water that leaked into the coffin. You can read more about the discovery on The Telegraph.

Oldest Bread Recipe (July 17, 2018):

The oldest known bread recipe was founded by scientists at a 14,000-year-old dig site in the Black Desert in Jordan. To make the bread the ancient people used flour made from wild wheat and barley and mixed it with pulverized plant roots. They then added water and baked the bread. You can find out more on BBC News.

The Dare Stone Mystery (July 16, 2018):

Scholars are reopening an investigation into the Dare Stone. Scholars are taking a free look at the authenticity of an inscribed rock (Eleanor Dare Stone) purporting to reveal the fate of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island. Could the rock have been authentic after all? The National Geographic has more.

The Global Animal Night Shift (July 12, 2018):

Animals are becoming more and more nocturnal. A global study has found that some animals are becoming night owls to avoid humans. The study includes lions, tigers and bears. You can find about more about the study at U.S. News.

Mayan Chocolate Money (July 8, 2018):

New research indicates the ancient Maya civilization may have used chocolate as money. The article on says Mayan art suggests that cacao beans were a valued currency. The article also says the loss of cacao may have played a role in the civilization's downfall.

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