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Animals

whale breath record

Whale stuns scientists by holding its breath for nearly 4 hours

September 24th, 2020

Researchers studying the diving habits of beaked whales observed one specific whale staying beneath the surface for huge lengths of time. The whale stayed underwater for nearly three hours during the first round of observations, and then a week later it nearly reached the four-hour mark. It’s possible that sonar signals from Navy activity in …

whale sharks

The biggest fish on Earth are girls

September 16th, 2020

Scientists discovered that whale sharks grow differently based on their gender. Male sharks grow faster than females, but females ultimately get much, much larger than their male counterparts. Female whale sharks can reach a maximum size of around 46 feet in length. There are many different types of fish in the world’s oceans. Species vary …

genetic modification

Scientists create ‘super stud’ livestock with ideal genetic traits

September 15th, 2020

Scientists have developed a method by which male animals can pass on the genetic material of other, different males. The idea is that these animals would pass on the genes of the most desirable sire in a herd, maximizing the yield for the next generation. Laws still prevent genetically modified animals from entering the food …

conservation news

Congrats, humans: We’ve saved up to 48 species from extinction

September 10th, 2020

Researchers have examined the impacts of conservation efforts on animals that were nearing extinction as far back as 1993. The data suggests that anywhere between 28 and 48 species were saved from extinction thanks to various conservation programs. There’s still more work to do, of course, and there are plenty of species that are endangered …

megalodon size

New measurements reveal the true size of the massive megalodon shark

September 4th, 2020

New research into the ancient megalodon shark species has revealed the most accurate estimates of its size to date. The creatures could grow to 59 feet in length, according to researchers. The sharks lived between 4 million and 23 million years ago. If you happened to be swimming in Earth’s oceans anywhere from around 4 …

lost cat

Man looking for a new cat finds his old one instead

August 26th, 2020

A man who had lost his beloved cat a week prior found him by chance at a local humane society while he was looking for a new pet. Both the cat and its owner were elated at the reunion. The cat has now returned home and will hopefully not be taking off on any additional …

deadpool fly

Behold the ‘Deadpool’ assassin fly

July 31st, 2020

Researchers discovered a new species of fly that has markings reminiscent of the Marvel character Deadpool. The fly’s official scientific name is Humoralethalis sergius, but the scientists have taken to just calling it the “Deadpool fly.” It’s one of a handful of Marvel-inspired names for new insect species. Scientists that seek to identify and catalog …

dog compass

Dogs possess an ability that humans can only dream of

July 18th, 2020

A new study reveals that dogs are incredibly good at forging shortcuts in areas that are unfamiliar to them. The impressive ability appears to be connected to the dogs being able to tap into their own internal compass, governed by the Earth’s magnetic field. The dogs proved to be excellent at coming up with their …