Sound of Silent Flight

Owls are well known for their almost silent flight. Previous studies of their flight feathers have revealed they have fringes on their trailing edge that suppress noise, but the way the fringes actually suppressed sound was not known, so a research team at scientists and engineers at Center for Aerial Intelligent Vehicles at Chiba University, […]

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Drowned Aussie Land Supported Large Population

Drowned Aussie land supported large population, according to scientists who analysed high-resolution bathymetric data from a region of the continental shelf off the northwestern coast of Australia.  The region is part of an extensive continental shelf that connects mainland Australia to New Guinea and extends 500km towards the Indonesian island of Timor.  They found the […]

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Oldest Reptile Skin

Oldest reptile skin found in Oklahoma cave as a team of researchers study a small fragment of fossilised skin from an infilled Permian cave system dated at 289–286million years old in the evolutionary timetable.  The researchers claim it is the “oldest-known preservation of amniote skin proper.”  (“Amniote” is a biological classification for all land-dwelling vertebrates […]

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Earliest Birds in Southern Hemisphere

Palaeontologists in Australia have found fossil footprints of birds on the south-eastern coast of Australia which they date as 120 – 128 million years old.  This makes them the earliest evidence for birds in Australia.  The tracks varied in size from 7cm to14cm wide and were similar to modern day shorebirds such as oystercatchers and […]

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Fossil Robot

Fossil robot built by engineers at Carnegie Mellon University, who worked with palaeontologists to design and build a robot based on an extinct fossil creature known as a Pleurocystidid, which were a type of echinoderm. They had a flattened oval body, a long segmented stem at one end, and two smaller appendages, believed to be […]

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Earthworm Bounty Calculated

Earthworm bounty calculated by scientists who correlated a global atlas of earthworm abundance with maps of agricultural production, taking into account soil properties and artificial fertilisers. They concluded: “Our findings indicate that earthworms contribute to roughly 6.5% of global grain (maize, rice, wheat, barley) production and 2.3% of legume production, equivalent to over 140 million […]

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Orchid Species Blurred Without Bumblebees

An orchid named Goodyera henryi is found in mainland Japan where it is exclusively pollinated by bumblebees, which have long tongues and reach deep into the flowers.  Researchers from Kobe University were surprised to find this orchid on Kozu Island a remote island where there are no bumblebees. Another orchid named Goodyera similis lives on […]

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Alien Life Within 60 Light Years

Alien life within 60 light years, according the professor of astronomy at University of California, Santa Cruz, Piero Madau, who has developed a mathematical framework to help astronomers and astrobiologists find extra-terrestrial life.  Madau worked on the principle that life arises on “temperate terrestrial planets” (TTPs), i.e. planets that are the right distance from their […]

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Trilobite’s Last Meal

Scientist at Uppsala University Sweden have studied a well preserved trilobite fossil using an x-ray technique named synchrotron microtomography and found the remains of its last meal still in its digestive system.  The trilobite has been identified as Bohemolichas incola and was embedded in a siliceous rocky nodule found in the Czech Republic.  It is […]

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Dog Fox Hybrid Found in Brazil

Scientists in Brazil have identified an unusual canine brought to a veterinary clinic as being the hybrid offspring of a dog and a pampas fox.  The animal, a female, was the size and build of a medium size dog but had fox-like facial features and ears and thick black-brown fur.  A study of its chromosomes […]

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