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Australia’s Great Barrier Reef on brink of collapse - scientists

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is so damaged it is undergoing a “complete ecosystem collapse,” scientists monitoring the area have …

Chinese scientists will soon begin the first CRISPR human trial

American regulators already approved a University of Pennsylvania team's plans to conduct a CRISPR trial on humans, but a group of Chinese scientists will beat them to the punch. The Chinese team from the Sichuan University's West China Hospital in Chengdu will begin testing the efficacy of …

Scientists Have Discovered an Extremely Rare Type of Orchid

Can you see what's hidden in the petals?<p>Orchids are one of our favorite houseplants with their bright colors, long-lasting nature and exotic appearance. But a new variety of orchid has taken the description of "exotic" to the next level, and no one really knows what to make of it.<p>The orchid …

This island in the Philippines has the world’s greatest concentration of unique animals

In fact, sometimes evolution can be the result of a lucky animal finding "any port in a storm".<p>And the finding that Luzon, an island in the Philippines, has the greatest concentration of unique mammals in the world - even more than Madagascar - is the perfect example.<p>Islands are often examples of …

Zoology

Grow a 100-year old forest in your backyard - in just 10 years

<b>Obviously, you can't literally grow a century-old forest in just a decade, but by mimicking nature's forest-building process, it's possible to</b> …

This May Be the Deadliest Creature on Earth

Scientists aim to alter the genetics of mosquitoes to prevent them from being vehicles of deadly diseases.<p>Enlarged below<p>Labium<p>Fascicle<p>Capillary<p>The Feeding Tube<p>The mosquito’s proboscis consists of six tightly bound stylets called the fascicle, surrounded by a sheath known as the labium—which doesn’t …

Scientists say that the world is losing so many species that we're putting ourselves at risk

In 2010, the UN Environment Programme estimated that 150 to 200 species of plants, insects, birds, and mammals go extinct every 24 hours, which was believed to be nearly as much as 1,000 times the "natural" rate.<p>And now, according to a new study published in Science, we are losing so many species …

Ecology