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Miami Local Statement for Cat 5 Hurricane Irma Gives Dire Warnings

Hurricane Irma is an extremely dangerous category 5 hurricane headed for the Florida peninsula. The National Hurricane Center forecast cone has Irma making landfall somewhere in south Florida on Sunday as a major hurricane (likely Cat 4 or Cat 5) and move up the peninsula into Georgia. Irma is expected to impact heavily populated areas of Florida including the Miami metropolitan area. If it takes this predicted path Irma will likely become the costliest storm in U.S. history. Read more... September 7, 2017

New Crab Species is Covered in Star-Shaped Tubercles

A newly discovered crab species is covered in star-shaped tubercles. The crab species was found in red coral beds during a survey of a seamount by Peng-Chia-Yu Island, Taiwan. The crab species has also been found in the Philippines. Read more... August 29, 2017

Eye Disease Transmitting Oriental Eye Fly Found in China

The Oriental eye fly (Siphunculina funicola) has been discovered in China for the first time. The fly transmits conjunctivitis and other eye diseases to humans and domestic animals. Three new species from the same genus were also discovered. Read more... August 24, 2017

Yellow Sea Snake in Nighttime Ambush Posture

This yellow sea snake is pictured in an ambush posture. The snake was recently identified as a new subspecies of yellow sea snake. It hangs upside down at night from the water surface to feed on small fish as they pass by. Read more... August 23, 2017

Australian Teen Left Bleeding After Rare Attack by Sea Fleas

An Australian teen suffered severe bleeding from multiple sea flea bites after wading in the ocean water. Sam Kanizay didn't realize he was bleeding until after he left the cold water at Melbourne's Dendy Street Beach in Brighton. ABC News Australia reports that the teen's family says his legs were bloodied and covered in the tiny creatures when he walked out of the water. Read more... August 7, 2017

Insect Inspired LAURON Robot Designed for Planetary Exploration

LAURON is an insect inspired robot developed at the FZI (Research Center for Information Technology) in Karlsruhe, Germany. The robot was initially created for studying six-legged walking robots and as a search and rescue robot. The FZI is now looking at the use of developing robots for planetary exploration. Read more... August 1, 2017

New Orinoco Fish Species Named After Singer Enya

A team of scientists from Oregon Statue University have identified a new fish species from the Orinoco River. The fish has been named Leporinus enyae. It was named after Enya's hit song, "Orinoco Flow." Read more... July 19, 2017

Scientists Invent Scorpion Milking Machine

Extracting venom from scorpions is a complex and time intensive procedure. It can also be dangerous. Mouad Mkamel and researchers from Morocco's Ben M'sik Hassan II University have developed a device or robot that can milk up to four scorpions at a time. Read more... July 16, 2017

Google's DeepMind AI Learns How to Walk

Google's DeepMind AI has been learning how to walk. This video shows it successfully walking a pair of legs, a human-like figure and an ant-like four-legged creature over different simulated terrains. Google says DeepMind learned on its own how to move these figures and navigate them around obstacles through a trial-and-error process without receiving specific instructions. Read more... July 14, 2017

NASA's Juno Spacecraft Captures Best Images of Jupiter's Great Red Spot

NASA has revealed the best images taken to date of Jupiter's Great Red Spot. They were taken during the Juno spacecraft's June 10th flyby of the massive planet. The spacecraft passed about 5,600 miles (9,000 kilometers) above the clouds of the storm. The JunoCam was used to obtain the imagery of Jupiter's iconic monster storm. Read more... July 13, 2017

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