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red handfish

Incredibly rare, Pokemon-like fish found to be thriving in new area

January 24th, 2018

The red handfish is one of nature’s real treats. It’s a strange little bottom-dwelling fish that actually prefers to crawl along the sea floor rather than swimming, and it also happens to look like something you’d see in a Pokemon game. Unfortunately, the creature is incredibly rare. It has a status of “critically endangered” and …

Australia stole a big chunk of land from Canada 1.7 billion years ago

January 23rd, 2018

We all learned back in geography class that what we see as present-day continents were once a big mashup of land that broke off into different chunks, collided with others, and eventually formed the world as we know it. Still, there are some quirks about continental drift that we’re still learning, and new research from …

Drone rescues swimmers

Meet the lifeguarding drone that rescued two swimmers in Australia

January 19th, 2018

A video of a drone being used to save two swimmers caught in rough surf off Australia’s Far North Coast has gone viral for all the right reasons. It’s one of the purest and most sensible applications of drone technology discovered to date, and it’s certain to open people’s eyes to the value of drones …

marsupial lion

This bizarre marsupial lion once roamed Australia

December 8th, 2017

Australia is a weird place. Because of its location and that fact that life there has evolved in a vacuum — isolated from much of the rest of the world since the breakup up of the continents — many species that have lived and died there over millions of years have no equal anywhere else …