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Rare white giraffe spotted in Tanzania could be ‘target’ for poachers

A white giraffe with a genetic skin condition has been photographed at a national park in Tanzania, with experts fearing she could become a target for poachers<p>A rare white giraffe with a genetic condition which means many of her body surface cells are incapable of making pigment has been …

Wildlife

Ask Ethan: Is The Universe Itself Alive?

You’ve seen the analogies before: how atoms are like solar systems, how the large-scale structure of the Universe are like neurons in a human brain, and how there’s the interesting coincidence that the number of stars in a galaxy, galaxies in the Universe, atoms in a cell, and cells in a living …

Galaxies

‘Planet Nine’ is 5,000X the mass of Pluto

Scientists have found evidence there’s a giant planet at the edge of our solar system. They’re calling it “Planet Nine.”<p>“This would be a real ninth …

Our solar system may have a ninth planet after all — but not all evidence is in

We still haven’t seen it yet<p>Two scientists claim that they have found the best evidence yet that a ninth planet exists at the outer limits of the Solar System. It’s called Planet X, and it’s roughly the size of Neptune, the researchers say. The reason we haven’t seen it yet is because it orbits far …

Ancient tools show mysterious humans occupied Indonesian island

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The diminutive prehistoric human species dubbed the "Hobbit" that inhabited the isle of Flores apparently had company on other Indonesian islands long before our species, Homo sapiens, arrived on the scene.<p>Scientists on Wednesday announced the discovery of stone tools at …

David Attenborough to reveal remains of largest dinosaur ever to walk the planet

Renowned naturalist will unveil a full-size model of the 37-metre titanosaur, which weighed 70 tonnes, in a new BBC show<p>The biggest dinosaur ever to walk the planet is to be unveiled by Sir David Attenborough in a new BBC show.<p>The 70-tonne titanosaur, which at 37 metres from nose to tail is nearly …

Remains of Largest-Ever Marine Crocodile Found in Desert

Paleontologists have found the remains of a colossal crocodile believed to be the biggest of its kind.<p>The newly discovered “Machimosaurus rex” …

Heartbreaking pictures show mother kangaroo reaching for joey one last time before dying in male companion's arms

A mother kangaroo has been captured reaching out to cuddle her joey one last time before she died.<p>The photographer, Evan Switzer, captured the moment on a bushland property in River Heads, Queensland, Australia.<p>He noticed what was going on while he was on a walk on the property on Monday …

This is what the entire universe looks like in one image

The universe is so vast it's almost impossible to picture what it might look like crammed into one field of view.<p>But musician Pablo Carlos Budassi …

Animal photos of the year 2015: Part 2 - Telegraph

Dot One will print your DNA as a scarf or poster

We can visualize DNA all sorts of ways — and now we can wear it. A company called Dot One is taking individual DNA samples and selling them as prints, or even a scarf.<p>It’s pretty simple: Dot One sends you a DNA kit, which is a simple cheek swab. Once you’ve swiped the inside of your mouth, you send …

Plug bullet wounds in 20 seconds with this FDA-approved syringe

A sponge-filled syringe designed to close up gaping gunshot wounds in seconds has been approved for use in America's civilian population. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that the device — originally developed for use by the military — can now be deployed by civilian first responders to …

Bright orange monkey born at Sydney's Taronga zoo is a rare François’ langur

Male infant called Nangua, Mandarin for pumpkin, is fourth langur to be born at the zoo, the only one in the region to breed the endangered species<p>Sydney’s Taronga zoo has announced the birth of a bright orange François’ langur, one of the world’s rarest monkeys.<p>The male infant, named Nangua – the …

Ireland has legalized same-sex marriage

Gay marriage is now legal in the Republic of Ireland. The law that went into effect today (Nov. 16) comes after the nation overwhelmingly voted yes on a referendum, becoming the first country to move to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote.<p>The landmark move is notable in the heavily Catholic …

DNA Reveals Mysterious Human Cousin With Huge Teeth

A new genetic analysis suggests that the recently discovered Denisovans lived in Eurasia for millennia.<p>The analysis of a fossil tooth from Siberia reveals that a mysterious people known as Denisovans, discovered a mere five years ago, persisted for tens of thousands of years alongside modern humans …

Wild chimpanzee observed caring for disabled infant in ‘first case of its kind’

Researchers have observed a chimpanzee looking after its ‘severely disabled’ daughter in Tanzania<p>For the first time in the wild scientists claim to have observed a female chimpanzee caring for an infant with severe disabilities.<p>A team of researchers from Japan’s Kyoto University studied a mother …

Sanders: Hillary's wrong on gay marriage law

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday challenged Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton’s characterization of why her husband, former President Bill Clinton, signed the Defense of Marriage Act, which denied federal recognition of gay marriages.<p>Hillary Clinton said on Friday she supported the 1996 …

Paleo Profile: “Miss Piggy” the Prehistoric Turtle

Science & InnovationLaelaps<p>Shortly after I moved to the beehive state and started doing fieldwork with the Natural History Museum of Utah, I started hearing snippets of a new turtle found in the vast desert of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The 76 million year old reptile, being …

Rescue Kitten Grows Up Acting Like Her Five Ferret "Brothers"

At only 5 weeks old, Komari the kitten was abandoned and left in poor health. Fortunately, a compassionate family soon found her, decided to give her a loving home, and even gave her friendly new siblings: five pet ferrets. All six animals instantly became best friends as they played, snuggled, and …

Probiotic bacteria may aid against anxiety and memory problems

People who took capsules containing <i>Bifidobacterium longum 1714</i> reported less stress and fared better on memory tests, study finds<p>A daily capsule of probiotic bacteria may help people cope with mild anxiety and memory problems, according to a small study of healthy men.<p>Those who took the bug-bearing …

Bacteria

Neanderthals ‘kept our early ancestors out of Europe’

Ancient teeth found in China suggest Homo sapiens was outwitted by its rivals<p>The discovery of a hoard of ancient human teeth in a Chinese cave has forced scientists to reconsider our species’ relations with our closest evolutionary cousins, the Neanderthals. The find, revealed in the science …

Evolution

Surreal Self-Portraits Communicate the Isolation of Depression

Edward Honaker's series of dreamlike images expose his personal struggle with depression and allow viewers to further understand the sensitive topic that is mental illness. Diagnosed at 19, the young artist chose to explore the potential of communicating his emotions through a collection of …

Prosthetic Limbs Could Have Artificial Skin That Really Feels

It can transmit different amounts of pressure, just like real skin<p>Many of us take our sense of touch for granted, perhaps because we can never turn it off, but it’s surprisingly complex. An intricate network of nerves brings different types of information about an object, like its temperature or …

Stanford University

Distant Pluto Comes To Life

Pluto is not dead. That's the bottom line, according to new research published in the journal <i>Science</i>. The dwarf planet is home to mountains, glaciers and a hazy atmosphere that stretches for a hundred miles above the surface.<p>"It is this really active dynamic world," says Cathy Olkin, the deputy …

This artist's response to a hateful letter was just brilliant

LONDON — Conor Collins is no stranger to hateful comments. He's not afraid to hit back either.<p>The artist has made a name for himself over the past …

Nightmarish Illustrations That Will Have You Hiding Under The Bed

You have to wonder how Japanese digital artist Ryohei Hase sleeps at night.<p>Hailing from Tokyo, Hase effortlessly fuses painting and digital …

Photoshop

Sand Like You've Never Seen It Before

Once more unto the beach<p>To the naked eye, sand looks pretty uniform. Tiny beige specks of varying shades, collectively covering beaches and shores and deserts. But when you peek at it through a microscope, all of that changes. Gary Greenburg, a research affiliate at the University of Hawaii …

Farmer finds 15,000-year-old woolly mammoth remains in Michigan field

James Bristle and a friend were digging in his southern Michigan soybean field when they unearthed, a skull and two tusks, along with numerous vertebrae<p>James Bristle and a friend were digging in his southern Michigan soybean field when they unearthed what looked like a bent fence post, caked with …

Russian scientist says he is stronger and healthier after injecting himself with 'eternal life' bacteria

Anatoli Brouchkov has willingly become a human guinea pig for the 3.5 million-year-old bacteria<p>If injecting yourself with 3.5 million-year-old bacteria could keep you looking and feeling youthful and healthy without having to fork out for a gym membership, would you do it?<p>Russian scientist Anatoli …

Peruvian Camera Traps Catch Rare ‘Paddington Bear' And Endangered Bird

Smile for the camera!<p>When endangered wildlife get caught in traps it's usually a bad thing. But in Peru's Sira Communal Reserve, it was more like a miracle. Camera traps captured some extraordinary footage of the wildlife living in this remote area, including some very endangered species.<p>One of …