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Beetles rely on unique ‘back pockets’ to keep bacterial symbionts safe during metamorphosis

Adult of the beetle Lagria villosa. Credit: RS Ranke Beetles of the genus Lagria need a little help from their bacterial friends during their immature life stage. But keeping them in the same place throughout life is not feasible. This is because beetles are holometabolic insects that undergo a complete physical reorganization (metamorphosis) as pupae. …

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Extraordinary phenomenon in space captured by mesmerizing new image

The Universe is truly full of wonders, and the James Webb Space Telescope has just given us our best views of one of them. The object in question is a star about 5,600 light-years away, and Webb’s infrared eye has discovered an extraordinary detail: It’s surrounded by what appear to be concentric rings of light …

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The Moon’s Darkest Spots Are Permanent Shadows, But Now We Can Look At It

It is a common misconception that the moon has a “dark” side. Like a rotisserie chicken, the moon’s rotation creates a nice, even sunbath around the equator. But there are pockets that never receive radiation: deep craters and smallpox at high latitudes, in the polar regions of the moon, with high walls protecting the crater …

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Can a coin dropped from a great height be deadly? – ABC Radio National

Hi, Doctor Karl here. Have you ever prepared for the Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb? You have to get everything out of your pockets, especially metal coins. How is that possible? Could you really kill someone by dropping a coin from a great height? It turns out that people all over the world have done different …

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Reintroduction of bison to grasslands increases plant diversity, drought resistance

A study led by Kansas State University has found that reintroducing bison — a formerly dominant grazer — doubles plant diversity in a tallgrass prairie. The research spans more than 30 years of data collected at the Konza Prairie Biological Station and was recently published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, …

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Greenland is already stuck on massive sea level rise: study

The predicted sea rise of 27 cm is more than twice what scientists had previously expected from the melting Greenland ice sheet. Greenland’s fast-melting ice sheet will cause massive sea-level rise this century with potentially dire consequences if temperatures continue to rise, according to a study published Monday. Melting “zombie” ice cream from the huge …

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Scientists harness the mind of the world’s ‘cutest’ miniature ancient crocodile

Weighing up to 2 kilograms and between 70 and 90 centimeters, Trilophosuchus rackhami would have been the “cutest reptile” to roam northwestern Queensland about 13.5 million years ago, scientists say. Most important points: Trilophosuchus means ‘three-crested’ and rackhami is for Riversleigh Fossil Center manager Alan Rackham A PhD student has discovered new information about the …

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Inside the head of one of Australia’s smallest fossil crocodiles

Credit: Jorgo Ristevski. About 13.5 million years ago, northwest Queensland was home to an unusual and very small species of crocodile, and now scientists are revealing its secrets. Researchers at the University of Queensland have used state-of-the-art technology to reveal previously unknown details about the anatomy of the prehistoric Trilophosuchus rackhami. Faculty of Science Ph.D. …

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Male dolphins form lifelong bonds that help them find a mate, study finds

Dolphins form decades of social bonds, working together between and between cliques, to help each other find mates and fend off competitors, new research has shown — behaviors not previously confirmed in animals. “These dolphins have long-term stable alliances and they have alliances between groups. Alliances of alliances of alliances, really,” said Dr Richard Connor, …

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Male dolphins form lifelong bonds that help them find a mate, study finds

Dolphins form decades of social bonds, working together between and between cliques, to help each other find mates and fend off competitors, new research has shown — behaviors not previously confirmed in animals. “These dolphins have long-term stable alliances and they have alliances between groups. Alliances of alliances of alliances, really,” said Dr Richard Connor, …

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