Venomous Cone Snails Weaponize Insulin to Stun Prey
cone snail with fish
January 23rd, 2015
At least two species of cone snail have turned insulin into an underwater weapon, a new study finds. When these stealthy aquatic snails approach their prey, they release insulin, a hormone that can cause blood sugar levels to plummet.
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Surprise! Fish Lurk in Antarctica's Dark Underworld
Ross Ice Shelf fish
January 22nd, 2015
Researchers were startled to find fish, crustaceans and jellyfish hidden beneath the Ross Ice Shelf, in one of the world's most extreme ecosystems.
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Breeding Season: Incredible Photos of Northern Elephant Seals
Northern Elephant Seals Molting
January 21st, 2015
At the Piedras Blancas Beach in north-central California, a northern elephant seal rookery has become an important sanctuary for this once-endangered species. Check out these incredible photos of northern elephant seals in the wild.
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Life on the Edge: Photos from Drilling the Ross Ice Shelf
WISSARD amphipod
January 22nd, 2015
Photos of fish, amphipods and other creatures living under Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf.
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Aww! Primordial Reptile Fossils Show Mother Caring for Babies
reptile parental care
January 17th, 2015
The fossilized remains of a small aquatic reptile surrounded by six babies suggest that the extinct animal was caring for the little ones when they died, a new study finds.
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Ancient Scorpion Had Feet, May Have Walked Out of Ocean
A specimen of the new scorpion
January 14th, 2015
A chance discovery in a backyard reveals a new species of scorpion, one of the oldest, which could have walked out of its watery habitat onto land.
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Ancient Knife-Toothed Reptile Is Crocodile Cousin
prehistoric reptile fossil
January 21st, 2015
The fossil of a prehistoric 9-foot-long (2.7 meters) carnivorous reptile that had sharp, serrated teeth is helping researchers fill out the early branches of the reptile family tree, according to a new study.
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Roller-Coaster Flight: How Geese Save Energy While Migrating
bar-headed goose
January 15th, 2015
Every year, flocks of geese migrate hundreds of miles over the Himalayas, from their breeding grounds in Mongolia to Southeastern Tibet or India for the winter. Now, a new study reveals how these maverick aviators fly so far in the thin mountain air.
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