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Scientists Installed a Tiny Wireless Go-Pro Camera On The Back Of a Beetle

Have you ever wondered how the world looks like from the view of a tiny insect as a beetle?

Well, the researchers at the University of Washington are giving us all a chance for a fascinating ant-man view by successfully installing a tiny wireless camera on the back of a beetle, while paving the way for miniature robots.

The scientists published their research on July 15 in Science Robotics and are planning on at attaching the cameras to moths and spiders in the future.  


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French Scientist Used Photography To Explain Why Cats Always Land On their Feet

The phenomenon of the "cat-turn" by which a cat always lands on its feet has been an enigma since the 19th century. 

The French scientist/inventor, Étienne-Jules Marey, who was interested in the motion of objects, decided to use a special technique in photography, called chromatography, to solve the enigma.

He used an anonymous white French cat and dropped it from an unspecified height in the Bois de Boulogne, filming its descent at 12 frames per second. The photos show how a cat falling, even with no rotational movement at the beginning of the decline, would gain momentum while in free fall. He even published these photos, along with his research, in a volume of Comptes Rendus in 1894.

Ultimately, this brave and likely unsuspecting scientist didn't know his little experiment actually contributed to the space exploration, even though  it took over 50 years for NASA's researchers, T.R. Kane and M.P. Scher, to publish their findings in a paper titled "A Dynamical Explanation of the Falling Cat Phenomenon."


French Scientist Used Photography To Explain Why Cat Always Land On Its Feet | FIG. 2.-End view failing cat series runs right left. black and white series of pics of the progress of a cat turning during a fall
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Historical Moment: Two Cheetah Cubs Born By Surrogate Mother

This a groundbreaking scientific breakthrough! After 20 years of trying to increase the cheetah population, there might be hope for their species yet! 

Columbus Zoo, Ohio, has reported that two cheetah cubs (a male and female) were born February 19th, 2020. The birth is thanks to a procedure that took place at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. For the first time in history, US scientists were able to delivery two cubs via vitro fertilisation (IVF), using a surrogate cheetah.

The surrogate mother, Izzy, is a three-year-old cheetah who carried the eggs harvested from six-year-old Kabibi, and sperm from a cheetah at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Texas. 

Timeline of the historical procedure according to the Smithsonian's National Zoo website:

  • Nov. 14 and 18: The female cheetahs were given hormone injections to develop mature follicles.
  • Nov. 19: Eggs (oocytes) were taken from Izzy and Kibibi. Neither had reproduced previously.
  • Nov. 19: Semen from male cheetah thawed and eggs fertilized.
  • Nov. 21: Team implanted nine embryos in Isabelle (Izzy) and six in second cheetah, Ophelia. A typical cheetah gestation is 93 days.
  • Dec. 23: Izzy was confirmed pregnant via ultrasound, which appeared to show two cubs. The ultrasound confirmed that Ophelia was not pregnant.
  • Feb. 16: Izzy's care providers begin an around-the-clock video birth watch
  • Feb. 19: Cubs born

How amazing is that? Thanks to all the hard working scientists who are keeping these beautiful creature from going extinct! 

Story via CBS News

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Researchers Discovered The Older Cousin Of T-Rex And Named Him "Reaper Of Death"

Researchers in Alberta, Canada discovered new species of tyrannosaur - a 79-million-year-old tyrannosaur named Thanatotheristes degrootorum — which means "reaper of death". The fearsome predator lived 79 million years ago during the Late Cretaceous period.


Researchers Discovered The Older Cousin Of T-rex | dinosaur illustration EJ Edmonton Journal @edmontonjournal fearsome lizard with name meaning "reaper death" is first new tyrannosaur species be identified Canada 50 years, say researchers with University Calgary and Royal Tyrrell Museum.
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Did you know a cats' position while they sleep can share numerous aspects of their personality and health? This video breaks down the most commonly seen cat sleeping positions and explains the science behind each one. 

Whether your cat sleeps curled-up, in a box, loaf, sideways, monorail or in a contortionist position -- find out the untold signs your cat is telling you.

How does your cat sleep? 

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Science Diagrams Featuring Animals Is Inexplicably Bizarre (17 Pics)

A lot of questions come to mind when seeing these science diagrams... the main one being, "why?"

Unfortunately, we do not have the answer. And we may never have the answer. 

Get ready to take one of the weirdest rides. 

funny animals science diagrams wtf weird lol | illustration showing a human skeleton standing on a branch doing the same pose as a bird about to take off
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Surprise: According To Science, All Santa's Reindeer Are Actually Female

Rudolph and his other seven friends are commonly thought of and referred to as males in pop culture. But according to science, Christmas carolers have had it all wrong all along. Story Via: The Telegraph






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New Species Discovered In 2019 (14 Species Out Of 71)

There have been 71 new (animal and plant) species discovered in 2019 alone! This list includes flowers, coral, ants, lizards, spiders, sea slugs and fish. 

Found across 5 continents from within the depths of caves, forests, and the ocean. 

We have selected 14 insects and sea life creatures. 

Story via California Academy of Sciences

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A team of marine biologists just discovered that after recording a blue whale's heartbeat, that the world's largest creatures can survive on just two heartbeats per minute. 

How crazy is that?! 

The team suction-cupped a pulse monitor to the back of a blue whale off the California coast, in order to achieve this new data.

And when the blue whale grabbed a snack, its heart skipped a beat -- or 30. 

According to a new study, in the journal, 'Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,' "the simple act of catching a bite may push a blue whale's heart to its physical limits — and that could explain why no creatures larger than blue whales have ever been spotted on Earth." 

Blue whales are the largest animals ever known to have lived on Earth. A blue whale adult can measure more than 100 feet long, which is equivalent to two school buses parked bumper-to-bumper. And as one would expect, It takes a big heart to power a creature that size. In 2015, one beached blue whale's heart weighed in at 400 pounds, equivalent to the size of a golf cart. 

As written on LiveScience, "According to the study authors; blue whales may have — now and forever — the hardest-working hearts on Earth".

Story via LiveScience

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18000 Year Old Wolf/Dog Found In Siberian Permafrost (Twitter Thread)

Currently, Scientists at the Centre for Paleogenetics, in Stockholm, Sweden, are currently doing DNA-analysis to find out whether it is a wolf, a dog, or possibly a common ancestor.

But one thing they do know for sure is that it was a very good boy. 

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3 Things We Lykes:

1. This video

2. Prince Michael

3. Cats

Watch as Prince Michael discovers the answers to questions that have been plaguing mankind for generations...and maybe, just maybe, discovering the truth about himself along the way. 


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You Can Prevent Seagulls From Stealing Your Food Simply By Staring At Them

At the beach and on the boardwalk, seagulls have a bad reputation for swooping down on unsuspecting people to steal their food. But scientists recently discovered there's a simple solution for deterring these avian thieves: Stare at them. Via: Live Science

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Chinese Biotech Company Successfully Clones Beloved Deceased Cat

Whoa--wait--what?! The future is here and it is scary! Anyone out there getting major Pet Sematary vibes? 

In a report by Liu Caiyu and Xu Keyu, the Sinogene Biotechnology Company, in Beijing, China, have SUCCESSFULLY cloned a kitten using cells from the dead body of a beloved family cat. The deceased cat, known as Garlic, passed away from a urinary tract infection. According to the report, the cost of a clone such as this, costs around a whopping $35,400 USD for a cat and $53,550 USD for a dog.  

Not sure how we feel about this one.. what are your thoughts? Should we be cloning our beloved pets?

Story via Global Times

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Bats Use Leaves As Mirrors To Find Camouflaged Insects

Bats are widely misunderstood creatures in the animal kingdom - while they're associated with witches, vampires and darkness in general, they're actually super cute and interesting. And scientists have just discovered something amazing about them - bats use leaves as "mirrors" that reflect sound waves, helping them find insects hiding behind leaves. Cool, right? Or confusing? Keep on reading, we'll explain everything. 

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Scientists Just Discovered That Penguins Used To Be Human-Sized

Penguins aren't exactly formidable creatures, are they? Although Emperor penguins can reach up to 4 feet 2 inches, they always seem super friendly and cute. Now imagine a penguin the same height as you. That changes things. Penguins the size of humans... the idea sounds like it comes from science fiction. But it actually just comes from science. It was recently discovered that giant penguins used to exist. We are not kidding. 

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