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Mother Octopus guards Eggs for years forgoing Her Food

Mother Octopus guards Eggs for years forgoing Her Food

On Wednesday, scientists described how a female octopus that stays about one mile below the surface of sea spends close to four-and-a-half years brooding her eggs and protects them until they hatch and all this while it forgoes food for herself.

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Dogs Feel Jealous and Sulk: Researchers Prove What We Already Knew

Dogs Feel Jealous and Sulk: Researchers Prove What We Already Knew

Dogs feel jealous and this has been proved by research team at University of California at San Diego. Dogs need owner’s attention and jealousy is a strong motivating factor among pets. In the research, when the owners were showing affection towards a dog-like stuffed animal, real dogs showed aggression.

Many dog owners have told me the stories of their dog giving them a silent treatment. Many a times people tell that their dog feels jealous. This happens too often in families having more than one pet.

Artificial Sweetener Truvia could be used as Insecticide

Artificial Sweetener Truvia could be used as Insecticide

Artificial sweetener Truvia has been found toxic for fruit flies. Erythritol, the main ingredient in the artificial sweetener could be developed as a nontoxic insecticide.

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Researchers Find Graveyard on Bottom of Atlantic Ocean

Researchers Find Graveyard on Bottom of Atlantic Ocean

Scientists have serendipitously found the first images of a dead whale shark and three dead rays on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Marine creatures are known to naturally fall on the seafloor after death, which provides an important source of nutrients to creatures living at the bottom, like crabs.

However, it rarely happens when the sunken carcasses of even large animals like whales are observed. Over the course of five decades of deep-sea photography, scientists have been able to document only nine vertebrate carcasses.

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Neanderthals and Modern Human Ancestors had comparable intelligence: CU Boulder Study

Neanderthals and Modern Human Ancestors had comparable intelligence: CU Boulder

A new study from University of Colorado Boulder has claimed that intelligence of Neanderthals could be compared to modern humans. The study opposes the popular belief that Neanderthals were pushed to extinction by smarter modern humans.

Neanderthals inhabited large areas in Europe and Asia nearly 350,000 to 400,000 years back. Modern human ancestors were considered smarter than Neanderthals and that was given as a major reason by many researchers for their extinction.

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Human Cognitive Functions Peak at Age 24: Canadian Research Team

Human Cognitive Functions Peak at Age 24: Canadian Research Team

Human Cognitive functions peak at age 24 as per the latest research carried out by Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, Canada doctoral students. The cognitive motor performance is at its best at age 24, as per the research team which used video games to test the brain functions.

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Fiat Lux - Morning Light Could Help Keep Weight in Control

Fiat Lux - Morning Light Could Help Keep Weight in Control

Light exposure during early hours has been linked with lower body mass index, in a study published in journal PLOS ONE. The research team found that participants exposed to nearly 500 lux of light or more at 8 am, were having lower body mass index.

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Cuvier's Beaked Whale Set Highest Deep Diving Record of 1.9 miles

Cuvier's Beaked Whale Set Highest Deep Diving Record of 1.9 miles

In the latest report, a Cuvier's beaked whale has set another deep diving record by dove down distance of about 1.9 miles and spent two hours and 17 minutes underwater before resurfacing. Scientists used satellite linked tagging system to track these medium-sized whales off the coast of California and declared that these whales holds the position to win a gold-medal.

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Paleontologists Unearthed Fossils of Dino-Bird: The Chicken From Hell

Paleontologists Unearthed Fossils of Dino-Bird, Oviraptorosaurs

Paleontologists have unearthed fossil of an 11-feet long freakish, birdlike feathered oviraptorosaurs dinosaur in the Hell Creek rock formation in North and South Dakota. They named the novel species of dinosaur as ‘The Chicken From Hell’, the scientific name of which is Anzu wyliei.

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Ancient Stick Insects mimicked Plants to protect themselves from Predators

Ancient Stick Insects mimicked Plants to protect themselves from Predators

After analyzing three fossils of ancient stick insects found in China, researchers from Capital Normal University have revealed that stick insects used to mimic plants for their defense purposes about 126 million years back. Researchers have found adaptive features in the stick insects, Cretophasmomima melanogramma, resembling a plant recovered from the same locality.

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