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Exoplanet WASP-18b Has a Smothering Stratosphere Dominated by Carbon Monoxide

  • WASP-18b has a stratosphere loaded with carbon monoxide. There are no signs of water. The planet is located 325 light-years from Earth. WASP-18b has a mass 10 times that of Jupiter. It orbits its star once every 23 hours. It has been observed using NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes. Read more... December 4, 2017

  • Mariana Snailfish is the Deepest Known Fish

  • The recently discovered Mariana snailfish has been named the deepest known fish in the ocean. It thrives at depths of around 8,000 meters (26,000 feet) along the Mariana Trench near Guam. It is a small scaleless and translucent fish. Read more... November 29, 2017

  • Study Finds Sheep Can Recognize Human Faces

  • A study has found that sheep have the ability to recognize human faces. Sheep can identify a picture of their handler without any prior training. The study was conducted by scientists at the University of Cambridge. The researchers say the facial recognition skills of sheep are comparable to those of humans and monkeys. Read more... November 8, 2017

  • Sinosauropteryx Dinosaur Had Bandit Mask Facial Pattern

  • Researchers from the University of Bristol say a small feathered dinosaur named Sinosauropteryx had a bandit mask-like stripe across its eyes. This type of facial mask is still seen on modern animals, such as raccoons. Scientists say it helps creatures avoid being detected by both predators and prey. Read more... October 26, 2017

  • RoboBee Microrobot Can Now Dive, Swim and Burst Out of the Water

  • Harvard SEAS researchers have upgraded their RoboBee. It is becoming a little superhero. The tiny robot is now an aerial-aquatic microrobot. It can fly, dive into the water, swim and then propel itself back out of the water. The robot has been given new floating devices that allow it to stabilize on the surface of the water. An internal combustion system ignites to propel the little RoboBee out of the water and back into the air. Read more... October 25, 2017

  • Skull Analysis Suggests Deaf Neandertal Survived With Help From Friends

  • Scientists discovered a Neandertal skull and skeletal remains in 1957 at the Shanidar Cave in Iraqi Kurdistan. It was discovered by Ralph Solecki, an American archaeologist. The 50,000-year-old skull indicates that the Neandertal - known as Shanidar 1 - suffered multiple injuries and degenerations. New research indicates the Neandertal was also deaf. Read more... October 23, 2017

  • Lunar Lava Tube Cave Could House Moon Base

  • Japanese astronomers have discovered a huge lava tube on the moon that could be used as a future moon base. The discovery was made by the Japan Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (JAXA). JAXA used the Lunar Radar Sounder on its SELENE lunar orbiter. Read more... October 21, 2017

  • Study Finds Alligators Eat Sharks

  • A Kansas State University study has found that alligators predate on sharks. The study found alligators on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts are eating small sharks and stingrays. The researchers say this is the first scientific documentation of a widespread interaction between the two predators. Read more... October 18, 2017

  • Study Finds Fox Squirrels Organize Their Nut Storage Caches by Variety and Quality

  • UC Berkeley researchers spent two years observing how fox squirrels store their nuts. They found squirrels organize their nuts by variety, quality and possibly even preference. The study is the first to show squirrels use a cognitive strategy called "chunking." Chunking refers to organizing objects or information into smaller more manageable collections or chunks. Using subfolders on a computer is a type of chunking. Read more... October 16, 2017

  • New Zealand Parasitoid Wasp Named After Draco Malfoy

  • A new parasitoid wasp species has been discovered in New Zealand. The wasp was named after Draco Malfoy, a character in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. It was named Lusius malfoyi by University of Auckland doctoral student Tom Saunders. Read more... October 10, 2017

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