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4 things you can do for science from home

You might be surprised by how much you can do for the world from home. (Photo: Sunny studio/Shutterstock) Eventually, even Netflix will run its course. There’s only so many seasons of so many shows you can soak up from self-imposed…

Pablo Escobar’s hippos may help counteract a legacy of extinctions

When cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar was shot dead in 1993, the four hippos in his private zoo in Colombia were left behind. Since then, their numbers have grown to an estimated 80-100 in the country’s rivers. Scientists and the public alike have viewed the hippos as invasive pests that should not run wild in South America. Now a new study by an international group of researchers challenges this view.

Panda poo, ants and slugs could be key to the green fuel of tomorrow

(Aarhus University) Researchers from Aarhus University, Denmark, have found bacterial colonies in panda poo that can readily break down lignocellulosic biomass into ethanol, lactate and hydrogen. Combining engineering and biology the researchers aim to exploit the microbial culture and create green, sustainable bioethanol in a new biomimicry research project, that will also take a closer look at slug intestines and leafcutter ants.

Coronavirus pandemic creates an opportunity for penguins at zoos and aquariums

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is wreaking havoc around the world, forcing millions of people to shelter at home (including many with young children, like the 2-year-old roaring outside the door as I write this). For a few penguins at…

What winter? Earth just had its second-warmest December-February on record – USA TODAY

Only the El-Niño-fueled winter of 2015-16 was warmer. Some of the most extreme warmth was in Russia, which smashed its record for warmest winter. Thanks to human-caused global warming, “this period is now the warmest in the history of modern…

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Swamp wallabies conceive new embryo before birth — a unique reproductive strategy

Reproduction specialists recently demonstrated that swamp wallabies ovulate, mate and form a new embryo before the birth of the previous offspring. They thereby continuously support embryos and young at different development stages before and after birth.

Red pandas are actually 2 separate species

Quite possibly the cutest animal in the world is actually two different species, researchers have discovered. The bushy-tailed red panda that lives in the high forests of Asia is already endangered, and this new discovery may make conservation efforts even…