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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 …

venus life

If there’s life on Venus, where did it come from?

September 22nd, 2020

Researchers have examined various possibilities for how life may have arrived at Venus. Chemical signatures in the atmosphere suggest the possibility of life, but no confirmation has been made. One possibility is that Venus got its life from Earth. In case you hadn’t heard, the biggest scientific news of the month is the discovery of …

dead birds

Dead birds are dropping out of the sky by the thousands – but why?

September 17th, 2020

Hundreds of thousands or perhaps millions of migratory birds have been found dead in the southwestern US, and the cause of death is unknown. The birds seemingly fell out of the sky, but witnesses also report birds behaving strangely prior to the mass deaths. Researchers have a few theories, including impacts on migratory patterns due …

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 …

singing dog

Once thought extinct, the New Guinea singing dogs are back

September 12th, 2020

Researchers studying a species of wild dog have discovered that it closely matches the DNA of a species thought to be extinct. The DNA match and other factors have led the scientists to conclude that the dogs are indeed the same species. The dogs can sing, though it’s unclear which genre of music they prefer. …

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 …

science news

How trees could help researchers find human bodies in forests

September 6th, 2020

Researchers are developing ways to use cue from plant life to find human bodies in wooded areas. Foot patrols and rescue teams often struggle to find bodies in thick forests, but plants may react strongly to the presence of decaying humans and offer a beacon to alert search teams that something is buried or decaying …