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Neon Colors Help Coral Reef Survival

The extensive bleaching of coral reefs is an alarming threat to marine ecosystems. To fight this threat, some corals are turning neon to survive. Coral reefs are the rainforests of the sea. They serve as habitats for thousands of fish and other marine creatures. For people, they provide many benefits including food, medicine, and recreation. …

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Songbirds

With Everyone Inside, Birds Are Singing More Quietly

When the world shut down because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the world suddenly became quieter. Birds were singing more quietly, too. Scientists found that birdsongs, particularly those of the white-crowned sparrows in San Francisco, California, became softer and more complex during the shutdown. How has noise pollution affected the birds? Before the pandemic, scientists had …

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World’s Smallest Reptile Could Fit on Your Fingertip

Chameleons are famous for their curved tails, long tongues, and ability to change their skin color. Recently, the animals are once again in the spotlight after scientists discovered the smallest species so far. The newly discovered chameleons are now thought to be the world’s smallest reptiles.  The new species is called the nano-chameleon, or Brookesia …

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Credit-Savidge et al-Current Biology

These Snakes Slither Up Trees – By Turning Themselves into Lassos

Scientists have discovered a new kind of snake movement. They found out that brown tree snakes can turn their bodies into lassos to climb up large, smooth surfaces like tubes or poles. The scientists were shocked by this discovery because they had never seen snakes move this way before. Credit-Savidge et al-Current Biology How do …

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Is there an earth like planet?

Rocks From Space Tell Us About Other Planets

Astronomers have discovered thousands of planets outside our solar system. These are called exoplanets. Recent space rock experiments revealed that some of these planets have water in their atmospheres. This means that some of these distant planets could possibly support life. Image Credit-Carnegie Institution for Science–Conel M. O’D. Alexander Scroll Down for a Downloadable PDF of this …

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Naked Mole-Rats

Do Naked Mole-Rats Have Their Own Language?

Why did scientists want to learn about naked mole-rats and their language? Naked mole-rats are rodents that live together in underground tunnels dug in the dry and grassy areas of countries like Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia. The animals live in groups called colonies. A colony can have 70–290 individual mole-rats. Each colony has a queen, …

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Golden tongue mummy

2000-Year-Old Mummy Has a Golden Tongue

Archeologists, people who study past human life and culture by examining bones, tools, etc., found a 2000-year-old mummy with a golden tongue. They found that mummy at a burial site in Alexandria, Egypt. The archeologists discovered the mummy along with 15 others at a temple dedicated to Egyptian gods Osiris and Isis. Aside from the …

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Hurricane reveal die-hard lizards

Hurricanes Reveal Die-hard Lizards

Hurricanes are extreme natural events. Scientists expect that hurricanes will become more and more common as climate change worsens. After two back-to-back hurricanes struck Turks and Caicos, a group of small islands in the Caribbean, scientists found an example of “survival of the fittest” happening among the islands’ anole lizard population. Photo Credit: Colin Donihue …

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