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Fish once labeled a ‘living fossil’ baffles scientists again

The coelacanth — a wondrous fish that was thought to have gone extinct along with the dinosaurs 66 million years ago before unexpectedly being found alive and well in 1938 off South Africa’s east coast — is offering up even more surprises. Scientists said a new study of these large and nocturnal deep-sea denizens shows …

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This year Father’s Day is Special- Solstice Marks The Longest Day In The Northern Hemisphere

Father’s Day, which will be celebrated on June 20, 2021, promises to be extra special this year. The Earth will join in the festivities with the June solstice, kicking off the Northern Hemisphere’s first day of summer. Conversely, Southern Hemisphere residents will celebrate the astronomical start of winter, or winter solstice, with the shortest day …

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America’s Newest Chess Master is 10-Year-Old Tanitoluwa Adewumi

Since being introduced to chess at the tender age of six, Tanitoluwa “Tani” Adewumi has had one goal. He wants to become the world’s youngest-ever Grandmaster — the highest title a chess player can achieve. The record is currently held by Russian chess player Sergey Alexandrovich Karjakin, who qualified for the title in 2002 at the age of 12 years and …

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NASA Sends Baby Bobtail Squids And Microscopic Tardigrades To Space

In the early hours of June 5, 2021, astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) welcomed some unusual visitors: 128 baby bobtail squids and 5,000 tardigrades. The micro-animals were part of SpaceX’s 22nd cargo resupply mission that delivered over 7,300 pounds of equipment and supplies — including treats like fresh apples and oranges — to the station. NASA researchers …

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Beloved children’s author Beverly Cleary dies at 104

                                                                                             Beverly Cleary Beverly Cleary, the celebrated children’s author whose memories of her Oregon childhood were shared with millions through the likes of Ramona and Beezus Quimby and Henry Huggins, has died. She was 104. Cleary’s publisher HarperCollins announced Friday that the author died Thursday in Carmel Valley, California, where she had lived since the 1960s. …

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Antarctica’s Floating Ice Shelves reveal a Secret Life Beneath

Though it is not unusual to find marine animals thriving under the Antarctica seafloor, researchers had always assumed that all life would become less abundant farther away from open water and sunlight. However, the discovery of filter-feeding organisms — 160 miles (260 km) away from the open ocean, with temperatures of −2.2°C and under complete …

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Overgrown Sheep ‘Baarack’ Loses 78 lbs. Of Matted Wool with an Epic Haircut

                                          Baarack, the rescued sheep had a densely matted coat that grew unchecked for years   Months of social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19 have kept many people from getting regular haircuts. But even the most overgrown stay-at-home hair can’t compare with the plight of a merino sheep in Australia wearing a whopping …

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Lab-Grown Mini ‘Brains’ reveals why Human Brains Got So Much Bigger than Apes

Human brain organoids (left) grew much bigger than gorilla organoids (middle) and chimpanzee organoids (right). Here the organoids are shown at 5  weeks old             Using lab-grown mini-brains, scientists have figured out why humans have bigger brains than those of apes. About 5 million to 8 million years ago, humans and apes diverged from a common …

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The Mystery behind the death of Bald Eagles Found After 25 Years

A mysterious neurodegenerative disease has been killing bald eagles and other animals at lakes across the United States. And after 25 years of sleuthing, researchers have finally figured out its cause. The disease, known as vacuolar myelinopathy (VM), was first discovered in 1994 when a large number of bald eagle carcasses were found near DeGray …

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Hayley Arceneaux To Become The Youngest American To Go To Space

Cancer survivor Hayley Arceneaux has literally taken to the idiom “shoot for the stars”! On February 22, 2021, the Memphis, Tennessee, native was selected to be one of four crew members of the SpaceX Inspiration4 — the world’s first civilian astronaut mission. The 29-year-old will make further history as the youngest American — and the …

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Saving The Black-Footed Ferret

                                                                                            Black-Footed Ferret   Born on December 10, 2020, Elizabeth Ann — a black-footed ferret  is the first-ever endangered animal native to the U.S. to be successfully cloned. Her birth was celebrated by scientists as black ferrets are one of North America’s critically endangered mammal species. To achieve this, scientists used the DNA belonging to …

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How are they trying to free the Ever Given lying on the Suez Canal?

The Ever Given, operated by the Taiwanese company Evergreen Marine, is the length of four football pitches and is lying across the southern end of the canal preventing other ships from getting through one of the world’s busiest waterways. An operation to free a giant container ship stuck in the Suez Canal is continuing, with …

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World’s Largest Painting by British Artist Raises £45m For Children’s Charities

                        Sacha Jafri (centre) worked solidly on the painting on his own for eight months   A painting created by British artist Sacha Jafri, which is also the world’s largest has been sold for £45m to raise funds for children’s charities. Jafri spent eight months painting the 1,600 sq m (17,000 sq ft) artwork …

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Pluto Fascinates all like never before

                                     This global view of Pluto is made up of four images from New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI)                                                                                      along with colour data from the Ralph instrument  Pluto has fascinated humankind from the time it was discovered by American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh in 1930. Now known to be a dwarf planet and the …

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Eight-Year-Old Enter thee Guinness World Record For Solving Three Rubik’s Cubes Simultaneously

Atharva R Bhat, the eight-year-old from Bangalore, India, just established a new Guinness World Record (GWR ) by solving three of the 3×3 rotating puzzles simultaneously in an astonishing one minute and 29.97 seconds. Prior to this, the record was held by Chinese teenager Jianyu Que, who completed the same feat in one minute and …

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Why bitcoin uses massive Electricity, 10 times more than Google?

  The bitcoin market now exceeds $1 trillion with its price rising tenfold in a year, but focus is shifting towards the massive power requirements needed to sustain the online currency. Here are some questions and answers about bitcoin: Total energy consumed by the bitcoin mining process could reach 128 TWh (terawatt-hours) this year, according …

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Meet the Stunning Yellow King Penguin On South Georgia Island

 Yellow Penguin on South Georgia Island King penguins, the second-largest penguin species, typically sport a distinct black-and-white coat with a yellowish-gold dash of color on their collar. However, one young penguin in the South Atlantic appears to have missed the memo on the dress code. It decided to forgo the black feathers and retain just …

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