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Insanely angry Canadian crabs are causing chaos in coastal waters

Insanely angry Canadian crabs are causing chaos in coastal waters

Canadian crabs are causing chaos in coastal waters where they have migrated, according to scientists. This variety of green crab comes from Nova Scotia and is described as incredibly aggressive, devouring soft-shell clams and even being willing to fight humans who get too close. Unfortunately, this brutal nature is causing big problems in the ecosystems the crabs inhabit.

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Octopuses on MDMA turn into relaxed and friendly creatures

Octopuses on MDMA turn into relaxed and friendly creatures

Typically asocial octopuses turn into affectionate creatures when given MDMA, the drug also known as ecstasy, according to a new study. Any given octopus is unlikely to seek out companionship from other octopuses, only coming together when it is time to mate. When given MDMA, however, these creatures were found to get close to each other and, in some cases, even 'hug' their companions.

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ESA’s Gaia finds the Milky Way is still recovering from near collision

ESA’s Gaia finds the Milky Way is still recovering from near collision

Gaia is a star mapping mission that the ESA is conducting, and it recently discovered something very interesting. Gaia has found that the Milky Way galaxy is still facing the effects of a near collision that set millions of stars to rippling like water in a lake. ESA scientists believe that the near collision happened in the past 300-900 million years.

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ESA and Nissan team to build off-road observatory for astronomers

ESA and Nissan team to build off-road observatory for astronomers

The European Space Agency has teamed with Nissan to develop an off-road mobile observatory capable of traveling to the world's darkest regions. The new vehicle, which is described as a concept at this time, is named the Nissan Navara "Dark Sky." According to the space agency, this concept includes a trailer featuring a high-powered observatory-class PlaneWave telescope.

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Massive 1,000ft spider web appeared overnight in Greece

Massive 1,000ft spider web appeared overnight in Greece

A spider web spanning nearly 1,000ft has appeared in Greece, where locals say unusually high mosquito activity took place before the web appeared. This isn't an ordinary spider web, not even a very large one -- it covers green landscape in a think blanket of webbing, giving a creepy wake-like appearance.

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White Shark Cafe: Why sharks travel to this one spot

White Shark Cafe: Why sharks travel to this one spot

There's a spot in the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and Mexico where great white sharks hang en masse. This is the White Shark Cafe, and it's not the plot of a fictional story - it's a real place. Originally discovered 14 years ago by Stanford marine scientist Barbara Block, this year a team of researchers took the plunge to see what was up - or down, rather.

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Hubble discovery could change our understanding of neutron star evolution

Hubble discovery could change our understanding of neutron star evolution

Despite its many years of service, the Hubble Space Telescope is still helping astronomers and scientists to understand the universe. Hubble has discovered features around a neutron star that have never been seen before leaving scientists trying to figure out what has been discovered. Hubble found an unusual infrared light emission around a nearby neutron star.

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Humans may be hardwired for laziness according to new study

Humans may be hardwired for laziness according to new study

When faced with the opportunity to go to the gym or stay home lying on the couch binge-watching Netflix, those already doing the latter may find it very difficult to work up the motivation for physical activity. This sort of laziness may be hardwired into humans, according to new research out of the University of British Columbia.

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Spock’s planet ‘Vulcan’ found years after Star Trek prediction

Spock’s planet ‘Vulcan’ found years after Star Trek prediction

Star Trek character Spock originated from the fictional planet Vulcan, which was said to (probably) exist in real life orbiting around the star 40 Eridani A. That prediction was made in 1991 by series creator Gene Roddenberry and a trio of astronomers, and now decades later it has been proven mostly true: a planet at that location has been discovered.

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Fasting and low calorie diets spur anti-aging molecule production

Fasting and low calorie diets spur anti-aging molecule production

A new study has revealed the potential anti-aging effects of fasting and calorie restriction on the vascular system. The research, which comes out of Georgia State University, focused on vascular aging due to its important role in the overall process of aging. During the work, scientists discovered a molecule produced during times of low food intake that slows down the cellular aging of the vascular system.

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NASA TESS shares first science photograph

NASA TESS shares first science photograph

NASA has a new planet-hunting tool in orbit called Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite or TESS. TESS is in orbit specifically to search for new worlds beyond our solar system or exoplanets. The satellite has completed its first orbit and part of the data from that first orbit includes this detailed image of the southern sky taken with the quartet of wide-field cameras TESS fields.

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Plants discovered to react to injury in manner similar to animals

Plants discovered to react to injury in manner similar to animals

Researchers have discovered something about plants that is said to make them more like animals than previously thought. According to the scientists, when a plant is injured, such as when an insect eats its leaves, defense systems in the plant are raised that can do things like increase noxious chemical production to make the plant taste bad to the insect. The team is clear in stating that the research doesn’t indicate that the pants have nerves, but that they do have something similar.

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