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Giant Cane Toad found in Australia, Rangers name it “Toadzilla”

Adult Cane Toad Credit: Wikimedia/Brian Gratwicke Recently, park rangers in a rainforest in Australia spotted a giant cane toad so large that they had to name it “Toadzilla.” The large predator was discovered by park rangers on January 12 in Conway National Park in Australia by Ranger Kylee Gray and her team. Cane toads came …

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Comet C/2022 E3(ZTF)

Rare Green Comet Visits Earth for the First Time Since Ice Age

Comet C/2022 E3(ZTF), Credit: flickr.com/Edu INAF A rare comet – named the C/2022 E3 (ZTF) – is predicted to pass by Earth on February 1, 2023. Because it takes 50,000 years to orbit the Sun, C/2022 E3 (ZTF) may be classified a long period comet. C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is passing by Earth again after 50,000 …

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The honey bee – an important pollinator

Saving the Bees: US Approves Innovative Vaccine for Pollinators

The honey bee – an important pollinator, Credit: Wikimedia/Andreas Trepte A Novel Vaccine for Honey Bees Recently, the first vaccine in the world for honey bees was allowed to be used in the United States. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) gave a short-term license to the company, Dalen Animal Health, for the vaccine. Honey bees, …

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New Studies Unveil the Mysterious Bumps and Haze of Winter’s Iconic Icicles

Icicles aren’t crystal clear, and neither are the physics that form them, Credit: Wikimedia/Bjørn Christian Tørrissen Sunny mornings with freezing temperatures are an odd pair in winter. The effects of this pair are even weirder. Icicles are pointy ice shards that form on branches and wires or any edge when the sun melts ice or …

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Chemical Engineers Develop Revolutionary Device to Harvest Hydrogen from Thin Air

Sun paves way for more hydrogen fuel, Credit: Wikimedia/Bexim The question of “What will be the next big source of energy?” rattles scientists even now. Our stash of fossil fuels is dwindling, and multiple options have been proposed. Yet, doubts over how accessible they would be is a major setback. One cannot place windmills in …

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University of Maryland Scientists Develop New Fungus-Based Method to Remove Mercury Contamination from Soil and Waste

Crops, Credit: Wikimedia/Tomasz Sienicki Mercury has always played a part in the contamination of soil and water. From Minamata disease in Japan to loss of marine life, the toxic effects of mercury are plain to be seen. Scientists at the University of Maryland have devised a new method to remove mercury from the soil around …

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Neutron star mergers are sites where heavy metals

Unlocking the Secrets of Gold-Rich Stars in the Milky Way: Researchers Use Supercomputer Simulation to Understand Formation

Neutron star mergers are sites where heavy metals, like gold, are synthesized, Credit: Wikimedia/University of Warwick/Mark Garlick All that glitters is not gold, but some that twinkle are! Some stars contain heavy metals like gold and platinum. Hundreds of these stars are present in the Milky Way. However, questions about where, when, and how these …

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Crater on Mars captured by HiRISE

NASA’s InSight Lander Detects Record-Breaking Marsquake Caused by Fresh Meteoroid Impact, Revealing Subsurface Ice

Crater on Mars captured by HiRISE,Credit: Wikimedia/Kevin Gill On Christmas Eve last year, NASA’s InSight lander recorded a marsquake (same as an earthquake, but on Mars, hence marsquake) of magnitude 4, which is the biggest ever detected by NASA. The cause was later discovered by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), which found a new crater …

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Black hole discovered in the astronomical back yard of Earth

Scientists Discover Closest Black Hole to Earth, Named “Gaia BH1”, Located Just 1,600 Light Years Away

Black hole discovered in the astronomical back yard of Earth; scientists dub it Gaia BH1, Credit: Wikimedia/XMM-Newton, ESA, NASA Within a black hole, the laws of physics cease to hold. Now we humans have one as a neighbor. This black hole was discovered using the Gemini Observatory in Hawai’i. It is the closest black hole …

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Glass frogs hide their blood cells in their liver when they sleep

Glass Frogs: Transparent Skin, Blood-Storing Livers, and Unusual Heartbeat

Glass frogs hide their blood cells in their liver when they sleep, Credit: Wikimedia/Geoff Gallice Glass frogs are nocturnal animals with translucent skin. They also have a special ability to hide when they sleep. When they sleep, they transfer 90% of their blood cells into the liver. There are pockets in the liver where they …

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