Coordinated jet propulsion of sea salps could inspire better submersibles

A strange sea creature known as the salp reproduces asexually, building long chains of clones. Researchers have now decoded the way these long salp chains propel themselves, a finding that could lead to better propulsion systems for underwater vehicles.

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Unprecedented 3D wiring diagram of human brain looks like a tiny world

Harvard and Google Research have mapped thousands of cells and millions of synapses in a poppy seed-sized sample of tissue. The result is a set of truly stunning images and marks a major step towards understanding of the biggest challenges in science.

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Would we exist if Earth’s magnetic field hadn’t collapsed 500m years ago?

The Earth’s magnetic field is vital for life – without it, the Sun’s radiation would sterilize the planet. But a new study suggests we wouldn’t be here at all if that magnetic field hadn’t almost completely collapsed half a billion years ago.

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Wild orangutan engaged in never-before-seen wound-healing behavior

For the first time ever, a wild male orangutan in Sumatra has been spotted tending to a wound on his face in an ingenious way. The technique worked, adding even more cred to the intelligence of this striking and endangered species of great ape.

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Video: 3D images of over 13,000 museum specimens now free to everyone

The openVertebrate project is a significant milestone for natural history museums, researchers, educators, students, and the public, creating the first digital library to offer free access to stunning 3D images of over 13,000 vertebrates.

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Yo, cuz! Jawless sea creatures share brain development with us

The formation of part of the human brain that regulates vital functions is triggered in an identical way in the sea lamprey, a new study has found. The discovery suggests that we’re related to these primitive creatures.

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Frog sprouts mushroom, stumps the science world

A healthy frog has been spotted with a mushroom growing out its side, the first time such a growth on live animal tissue has been seen. Not surprisingly, it stunned scientists (and had us wondering if this is how a real-life The Last of Us begins).

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Hunter-gatherers were violently wiped off the map by farmers, DNA reveals

Upending existing theories, there was no peaceful transition of power from hunter-gathers to the first farmers. New DNA analysis reveals that instead it was a deadly takeover – one that completely wiped out the hunter-gathers within a few generations.

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Time cell discovery reveals the bizarre way the nose powers actions

We've all heard "to follow one's nose" when it comes to trusting your gut. Now, scientists have found that the brain does exactly this, when previously unknown decision-making time cells fire up and evoke a rapid physical response to certain smells.

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