A new species of crayfish discovered in southeast Australia's coastal lakes and swamps is one of the world's smallest crayfish species, researchers report.
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The tiny, blue-black crustacean resembles its larger cousins that end up in cooking pots, such as lobsters and crawdads. But this species, which locals call a lake yabby, measures only 0.5 to 0.7 inches (12 to 18 millimeters) long. The biggest one found was just 0.8 inches (21 mm) long, and weighed 0.2 ounces (7 grams).
On the morning of Feb. 19, the spikes of the Northern Lights were quite strong when I first headed out to see what I could capture close to my home in…Read More »
central Maine. The cloud cover quickly moved out, but then came back after about a half hour — I almost missed the show!
This scene was captured in the beginning of that 30-minute window. I was not expecting the pink and red hues to be so strong since I couldn't see them with my naked eye, but the camera certainly captured the colors.
Aww! A female gorilla holds her baby for the first time on March 24, nearly two weeks after an emergency C-section was needed to deliver the newborn. The…Read More »
as-yet-unnamed female baby was born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park on March 12.
Animal keepers said the mother, Imani, initially examined the baby gorilla by smelling her, before picking her up and cradling the newborn.
"Initially she was just carrying the baby, she never sat the baby down," Andrew Stallard, an animal care supervisor at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, said in a statement. "About three hours in, she began nursing the baby. After about a five-minute bout, the baby fell asleep, which is exactly what we were looking for, so we were really excited!"
Since the introduction, Imani has become extremely attached to her daughter, constantly holding and carrying around the infant, zookeepers said. This is the first baby for Imani and the 17th gorilla to be born at the Safari Park, according to zoo officials. The habitat is now home to eight gorillas, including the new baby. [Related: Gallery of Monkey Mug Shots] Less «
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Hidden Delights in Oolah Valley
Credit: National Park Service
For intrepid hikers willing to explore off the beaten path, Oolah Valley in Gates of the Arctic National Park has many hidden delights in store.
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vast Alaskan landscape is truly wild. The park does not contain any roads or trails. Visitors will discover intact ecosystems where people have lived with the land for thousands of years. Wild rivers meander through glacier-carved valleys, caribou migrate along age-old trails, and endless summer light fades into the aurora-lit night skies of winter. The land remains virtually unchanged except by the forces of nature.
Gates of the Arctic National Park is not for the meek, but those who brave the wilderness here will not be disappointed by the jaw-dropping vistas. According to the park's website, visitors to the park should be proficient in outdoor survival skills. The terrain is challenging and the lack of routes means that, if needed, help will not soon be on the way. Experienced hikers consider six miles (10 kilometers) a good day’s travel in Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve. [Related: 10 Least Visited National Parks] Less «
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UFO light on Mars?
Scientists are throwing cold water on yet another purported "alien" sighting by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
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mission team members say bright flashes of light visible in Mars photos taken by the Curiosity rover on April 2 and April 3 almost certainly have a perfectly ordinary explanation.
Photographer Rachel Sussman traveled the planet for a decade in search of organisms that have witnessed thousands of years of history.
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leech bites, coral stings, a broken wrist, a solo drive along the Pan-American Highway and a rocky crossing of the Drake Passage. Along the way, she encountered 5,500-year-old Antarctic moss, 80,000-year-old aspen colonies and 100,000-year-old underwater meadows of sea grass.
Wild salamanders that live in the Appalachian Mountains are shrinking because they must burn more energy as the local climate gets hotter and drier, according…Read More »
to a new study.
Researchers found that the salamanders they collected between 1980 and 2012 were 8 percent smaller than those collected in earlier decades, starting in 1957. The findings confirm predictions that some species will shrink in response to climate change. The climate where the salamanders live has gotten warmer and drier, researchers said.
The Great Orion Nebula glows in vivid shades of pink and purple in this stunning photo taken by an avid night sky photographer, who captured the image…Read More »
using portable photo gear for the first time.
Veteran astrophotographer Miguel Claro took the photo in Serra de Aire, Portugal near the Mira de Aire Caves complex. He used a portable Vixen Polarie Star Tracker Mount with a Canon 60Da camera (ISO 2500, exposure: 21s at f/7 with a focal 570mm) and Astro Professional ED 80 telescope to take 51 photos that were then combined in Maxim DL 5. The image was sent to Space.com on Feb. 7, 2014.