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Researchers find that the blind cave fish evolved a smaller brain in order to survive

1/2<p>The Blind Cave Fish in Mexico<p>The blind Mexican tetra lost its eyesight and a large part of its brain to save energy.

The Wikipedia for New Species (No Unicorns, Please)

When it comes to identifying all of the species on the planet, there’s not much you can say with certainty. Unicorns don’t make the cut; bunnies do. …

9 Best Briny, Buttery Clam Pastas

It’s no wonder linguine with white clam sauce remains a classic: plump, salty clams make a great addition to any pasta—plus, the juice from the …

The Rare and Exotic Animals of Russia's Far East (Photos)

<i>Jonathan Slaght is projects manager for Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)'s Russia program. Julie Larsen Maher is staff photographer for WCS, the</i> …

Finding Out How Boa Constrictors Kill (It's Not How You Think)

It’s a nighmarish situation: A gigantic snake slowly curls around your body, enveloping you in its slithery embrace. You begin seeing stars, and start gasping for breath. But your life will not end because you’re suffocating. Actually, it’s more like you’re having your insides squeezed shut.<p>A new …

Silver hairs protect desert ants from scorching heat - Futurity

Covered in silver hairs, Saharan silver ants look like balls of mercury skittering across the desert sand. A closer look shows how the hairs keep …

Ceres’ Mountains And Craters Now Have Names

Just in case you get lost in the Asteroid Belt<p>Pluto may have won our hearts this month, but it’s not the only dwarf planet in the solar system. NASA is also exploring Ceres, the largest rock in the Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter, and today the Dawn mission released a brand new map of the …

Largest dinosaur with birdlike wings and feathers

Discovery of largest-ever winged dino in China, from 125 million years ago. It was sleek and birdlike with feathers on its arms and torso, but it …

Dinosaurs

Why Do Glowing Sharks Glow?

There are about 550 species of shark in the oceans. Around twelve percent of them glow.<p>These luminous fish belong to two groups: the kitefin sharks and the lanternsharks. They are little creatures, no bigger than 50 centimeters long, and they feed on small fish, squid, and crustaceans. They also …

World's cutest male spider does embarrassing dance to impress cutest female spider

Does the newly discovered species of peacock spider, <i>Maratus personatus</i>, meet the criteria for world's cutest spider? I held a debate with myself to uncover the answer.<p><b>So what are we talking about today, Chris?</b><p>Well, me, I believe I've found the world's cutest spider.<p><b>Huh. Let me see here. I... I</b> …

It Looks Like Someone Drew On Saturn’s Moon Tethys With A Red Crayon

Like, a miles-wide crayon<p>Enhanced-color images from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft have revealed long, reddish streaks across one of Saturn’s moons.<p>Tethys, a 660-mile-wide ball of ice, has a dull whitish-gray surface to the naked eye. But when it’s viewed through different filters, the surface comes …

Astronomy

From the ‘frozen primordial soup’ of organics on the comet to new pictures, the discoveries made during the Philae lander’s first days have been published<p>The Philae lander may have spoken its final words, but with the data beamed back to its mothership, Rosetta, scientists have painted the fullest …

Space

Illustration: Klaus-Peter Koepfli & John Pollinger et al./Current Biology 2015<p><b>Figure 4. Principal Component Analyses of the Morphometric Data for African and Eurasian Golden Jackals.</b> (<b>A</b>) Plot of principal component 2 (PC2) against PC1 based on 45 linear measurements of teeth and skulls of 140 …

Zoology

Imported pet salamanders carry killer fungus - Futurity

Amphibian experts urge the US Fish and Wildlife Service to immediately stop importing salamanders due to a fungus that threatens local species.

Zoology

Can fishing and corals coexist in the Bering Sea? - Futurity

In the Bering Sea, an area larger than the Grand Canyon is a hotspot for fish and coral. Limits on bottom trawling could help save the area, …