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More monkey teeth say ancient ocean rafting was a real possibility

More monkey teeth say ancient ocean rafting was a real possibility

We thought the subject of the research published this week seemed familiar. Back in the year 2016, SlashGear featured a story on the possibility that ancient monkeys crossed a large body of water to move from one continent to another. Now, here in 2020, a new finding ancient monkey teeth has a completely new set of researchers suggesting that a different set of monkeys ALSO made a trip across a large body of water to live in a new land.

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Ningaloo Canyons deep sea mission reminds us where the true nightmares live

Ningaloo Canyons deep sea mission reminds us where the true nightmares live

What's likely the most massive string jellyfish ever caught on video was shared today by the Schmidt Ocean Institute. This is just one of a WILD collection of living oddities the latest deep sea crews have captured on film, sharing the lot from the region called the Ningaloo Canyons. What you're about to see will make you forget ALL about the living nightmare happening on dry land with our current global pandemic - because down here, there's a WHOLE different nightmare going on.

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90m year old Antarctic rainforest raises huge climate change question

90m year old Antarctic rainforest raises huge climate change question

Antarctica may be inhospitable ice today, but 90 million years ago it could've been home to a flourishing rainforest, new research has discovered. Published today, the study rewrites our assumptions about the polar region, and ignites new questions about how Earth's climate could change so dramatically.

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See Peacock Spider Joe’s latest discovery of 7 new species

See Peacock Spider Joe’s latest discovery of 7 new species

Joseph Schubert likely has the strangest job you've heard about in a very long time - he's a peacock spider specialist. Today, a report written by Schubert was released, showing seven new peacock spider species he discovered in South Australia. These seven new spiders show how gorgeous the peacock spider can be, complete with fur "plumage" that'll make you forget that you're looking at the stuff of nightmares.

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Tidal by Google X: Watch hundreds of fish faces tracked at once

Tidal by Google X: Watch hundreds of fish faces tracked at once

The folks at X, a moonshot company builder, from the folks at Alphabet (who also run Google), made a group called Tidal. This group is different from that of the Tidal you might know from music streaming services - this one's all about fish. It's about tracking fish, working with machine perception to identify how fish are feeding!

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Upside-down jellyfish-deployed venom bombs remind us nature is lit

Upside-down jellyfish-deployed venom bombs remind us nature is lit

Cassiopea xamachana jellyfish sit on the floor of a body of water appearing like a fabulous bit of plant life from another world. Their appendages range from light white to dark hues of blue - they're beautiful, and might even seem harmless to the average passerby. But they've got a secret weapon - a projectile spore of sorts - made to shock nearby creatures like an invisible bomb.

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Your cat recognizes its name, even if they ignore your call

Your cat recognizes its name, even if they ignore your call

This is the cat-related story we need right now - research on whether cats cannot recognize their own name, or recognize their name and just don't care that you've been calling. A paper was published on research of this question - does my cat understand that I'm calling her name? To figure this question out, researchers worked with cats in "ordinary households" as well as cats in the most wonderful establishment on earth - the cat cafe.

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Ricoh WG-70 camera lets you take macro photos underwater

Ricoh WG-70 camera lets you take macro photos underwater

Today the latest version of their digital compact WR series camera line with the WG-70. This is the camera line that Ricoh makes to command the rugged handheld digital camera market, doing so with claims that rival the vast majority of other hobby cameras. The ruggedness of this camera seems almost more important than the media which it's meant to capture - it's tough!

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New Walking Sharks are like real-life Alolan form Pokemon

New Walking Sharks are like real-life Alolan form Pokemon

A total of four new species of tropical walking sharks were reported this week off northern Australia. These sharks aren't new - they've been in the murky depths for a while now - but they've not been uniquely identified to the public until now. Through this research, it's become apparent that new species of shark are appearing thanks to their ancestors moving away from their original home, then finding future generations evolving to fit their new, unique environment.

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Cannibal wood ant colony survives years sealed in nuke bunker, plus a happy ending

Cannibal wood ant colony survives years sealed in nuke bunker, plus a happy ending

A new study expanded on a seemingly impossible scenario in which wood ants survived while trapped for years in an abandoned nuclear weapons bunker in Poland. The wooded area around the former Soviet nuclear base at Templewo, Poland contained (and still contains) large colonies of the wood ant (Formica polyctena Först). In the year 2012, volunteer researchers entered the bunker (one of two, actually), to ascertain information about bats that'd found their way in to hibernate. In 2012 they found bats, but they also found a massive amount of ants - and so they started gathering data on the ants as well as the bats.

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Vampire bats keep social networks in wild after captivity

Vampire bats keep social networks in wild after captivity

A group of researchers showed that vampire bats who made friends with other vampire bats in captivity often kept said bonds in the wild. The research was published this week, showing that a combination of extrinsic constraints and intrinsic partner fidelity caused lasting social structures between tested vampire bats. These lasting friendships were shown via such activities as grooming and food sharing.

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Study shows how a fly lands on a ceiling (with slo-mo video)

Study shows how a fly lands on a ceiling (with slo-mo video)

Today we're looking at how a fly lands upside-down - up on a ceiling - courtesy of a study published this week in the AAAS's Science Advances. Inverted landing is something a fly takes for granted - largely because, as it would appear in this study, most of this process takes place in a fraction of a second. The findings in this paper show an expanded understanding of the various biomechanical, sensory, and neural processes that take place when a fly attempts to land on a ceiling. This data could lead to fantastic future applications - let's take a look at why.

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