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Here’s How Wasps Have Inspired an Innovative New Tool for Keyhole Surgery

Dutch scientists have designed a new device to be used in keyhole surgery—and it’s inspired by the way parasitoid wasps lay their eggs. At the moment, the tools used in such surgery can end up clogging because they use suction. This new tool doesn’t have that problem because it uses friction. According to the BBC, […]

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Smithsonian Says These Moths Are So Gorgeous, They Put Butterflies to Shame: It’s National Moth Week

A New York photographer acquired a new lease on night in the Catskills during the draconian state lockdowns by suspending a white sheet in her yard illuminated with black lights and waiting to see who shows up. She is just one of many “moth-ers,” enthusiasts of the butterfly’s generally nocturnal cousin, that are taking to […]

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Mussels Can Help Filter Microplastics Out of Our Oceans Without Harming Themselves

Instead of shelling out for a water filtration plant, mussels’ constant filter feeding is being tested as a potential wide-scale application for microplastic clean-up in our oceans. Belying their humble evolutionary stature, the mussel can do something that humanity could only achieve by spending millions on equipment, and that is cleaning microplastics smaller than 5mm […]

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The ‘Wizard of Paws’ Makes Prosthetics to Fit Any Animal – Lending a Human Hand of Compassion

When an animal faces the loss of mobility—especially when there’s an amputation involved—the impact can be devastating. Until not all that long ago, chances for a normal life were slim. If only someone could come up with a solution, imagine the difference it could make to countless lives? Well, someone has. Derrick Campana, star of […]

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What Color is it? Photographer Captures Varied Luminescence of One of UK’s Rarest Butterflies

One of Britain’s rarest and largest butterflies will remind readers of that time a few years ago when the internet got all in a flutter over whether ‘The Dress’ was black and blue or white and gold. After decades of decline, the Purple Emperor is making something of a comeback in England’s woodlands. Despite its […]

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Innate Talent Seems to Be Just as Much a Gift Found in Some Dogs as it is in People, Study Says

Whether it’s seeing a kid need only a few seconds to learn Mary had a Little Lamb on the piano, experiencing getting wiped out by a much better player in a pickup basketball game, or witnessing someone’s encyclopedic memory while they rattle off statistics about geography, humans exhibit natural talents every day. Now, a study […]

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Venom From Extremely Poisonous Caterpillar May Hold Healing Tonic That Saves Lives

The venom of one Australian caterpillar shows promise for use in medicines and pest control, researchers say. The Doratifera vulnerans is common to large parts of Queensland’s south-east and is routinely found in Toohey Forest Park on Brisbane’s southside. Dr Andrew Walker at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience has been researching the striking looking caterpillar […]

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Shade From Solar Panels Increases Abundance of Flowers in Late Summer, Benefiting Pollinators

A new study has found that shade provided by solar panels increased the abundance of flowers under the panels and delayed the timing of their bloom, both findings that could aid the agricultural community. The study, believed to be the first that looked at the impact of solar panels on flowering plants and insects, has […]

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Herd of Elephants to be Moved from UK to Kenya in Rewilding ‘World First’

Elephants are famous for their migrations—long marches across savannahs and deserts done entirely from memory, but for 13 captive elephants in Kent, their journey will look quite a bit different. That’s because their trip will be one-way, by plane, and will be the first of its kind—a rewilding effort that hopes to move all 25 […]

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Diver Gets Glorious Glimpse of Giant Sea Worm That Only Comes Out at Night, Normally

It turns out there are people in the world who, during a dive, choose to swim towards a 26-foot-long pink tube coming right for them. Thank goodness for that, because if there weren’t humanity wouldn’t have gotten the video below. Videographer Steve Hathaway and his friend Andrew Buttle were diving off the coast of New […]

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