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Dazzling supernova mystery solved

Dazzling supernova mystery solved | The living world | Scoop.it
An exceptionally bright supernova that baffled scientists has been explained - its light is amplified by another galaxy acting as a "lens".
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Beavers filmed on Devon's River Otter

Beavers filmed on Devon's River Otter | The living world | Scoop.it
A group of beavers have been seen in the English countryside in what is thought to be the first such sighting in hundreds of years.
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Whale watching…from space

Whale watching…from space | The living world | Scoop.it
When it comes to whales, population size is
hard to figure. Could satellite imagery be the answer?
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Supernova erupts in nearby galaxy

Supernova erupts in nearby galaxy | The living world | Scoop.it
One of the nearest stellar explosions observed since 1987 could soon be visible with binoculars.
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New river dolphin species found

New river dolphin species found | The living world | Scoop.it
The Araguaian Boto is the first new river dolphin discovered since the end of World War One and only the fifth known species.
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How wildlife copes in the Cairngorms

How wildlife copes in the Cairngorms | The living world | Scoop.it
Winter on the Cairngorm plateau can be hard for wildlife, how have they adapted to cope with some of the UK's harshest conditions?
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Secrets of the speedy elephant shrew

Secrets of the speedy elephant shrew | The living world | Scoop.it
They look like shrews but are related to elephants. What makes the sengi the speediest small mammal on Earth?
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8 Crazy Facts About Octopuses

8 Crazy Facts About Octopuses | The living world | Scoop.it
Octopuses are the most intelligent invertebrates on Earth. Here are eight awesome things we learned about the creatures from reading Katherine Harmon Courage's book "Octopus!
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Comet Ison appears to survive close encounter with the sun

Comet Ison appears to survive close encounter with the sun | The living world | Scoop.it
The encounter threatened to vaporise the comet and the remnant may be visible from Earth in December
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Stephen Hawking's big ideas ... made simple - video animation

Stephen Hawking's big ideas ... made simple - video animation | The living world | Scoop.it
Stephen Hawking's big bang theory and the creation of the universe explained in two and a half minutes
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Exaptation: How Evolution Uses What’s Available

Exaptation: How Evolution Uses What’s Available | The living world | Scoop.it
Nature is full of examples of traits that have been co-opted for new uses.
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Creature with Interlocking Gears on Legs Discovered

Creature with Interlocking Gears on Legs Discovered | The living world | Scoop.it
Gears are ubiquitous in the manmade world, from wristwatches to car engines, but it seems that nature invented them first. A species of plant-hopping insect, Issus coleoptratus, is the first living creature known to posses functional gears.
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Female cave insects have 'penises'

Female cave insects have 'penises' | The living world | Scoop.it
Female insects with 'penises' have been discovered in Brazil - the first example of an animal with sex-reversed genitalia.
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Black hole bombs: Are they dark matter in disguise? - space - 12 February 2014 - New Scientist

Black hole bombs: Are they dark matter in disguise? - space - 12 February 2014 - New Scientist | The living world | Scoop.it
Tiny exploding black holes that formed from crinkled bits of the big bang might just explain where most of the universe's mass is hiding, says Marcus Chown
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Huge chimpanzee population thriving in remote Congo forest

Huge chimpanzee population thriving in remote Congo forest | The living world | Scoop.it
Scientists believe the group is one of the last chimp 'mega-cultures', sharing a unique set of customs and behaviour
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Mantis shrimp's super colour vision debunked

Mantis shrimp's super colour vision debunked | The living world | Scoop.it
One of the animal kingdom’s most complex eyes is really quite simple.
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Why will tonight's full moon be the smallest of 2014?

Why will tonight's full moon be the smallest of 2014? | The living world | Scoop.it
A minimoon happens, in part, because the moon's slight elliptical orbit takes it farther away from Earth than usual.
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Flirting monkeys 'stone' their mates

Flirting monkeys 'stone' their mates | The living world | Scoop.it
Female capuchin monkeys have been filmed throwing stones at potential mates as a form of flirtation.
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China Moon Probe Off and Flying | Video

China Moon Probe Off and Flying | Video | The living world | Scoop.it
China successfully launched its first Chang'e 3 lunar lander and Yutu rover, bound for a soft landing attempt and a three-month mission to the Moon.
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Scorpion-eating mice feel no pain

Scorpion-eating mice feel no pain | The living world | Scoop.it
The scorpion's toxin actually shuts down the part of the mouse's brain that would have otherwise sent pain signals through the body.
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Five-Year Hunt for Mysterious Dark Energy Begins

Five-Year Hunt for Mysterious Dark Energy Begins | The living world | Scoop.it
Scientists have embarked on a five-year quest to map one-eighth of the entire sky looking for clues about dark energy, the mysterious force believed to be responsible for the ever-accelerating expansion of the universe.
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Slow-motion world for small animals

Slow-motion world for small animals | The living world | Scoop.it
Smaller animals tend to perceive time in slow-motion, helping them to escape from larger predators, a study finds.
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