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Losing a part of the body such as a limb could be devastating since you cannot grow it back but scientists have discovered a possible way to regrow them the axolotl way. A team of scientists from the University of Kentucky just recently unveiled the most accomplished axolotl genome. They discovered a way to incorporate advanced DNA sequencing with some traditional genetics techniques to develop an updated draft of the axolotl’s genes. The research was published in the journal Genome...

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It was discovered that Liberian bats are spreading the epidemic of Ebola virus in the Western part of Africa. For the past three years, there were no reports of Ebola virus case in Liberia even after the identification of a bat which carry the disease but not associated with any human affliction. West Africa contacted the virus in 2013 that went on for three years. During that period, the hemorrhagic-fever causing Ebola virus killed thousands of people...

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Environmental group Greenpeace believes that discarding the radiated Fukushima water into the ocean is such a bad idea, criticizing the Japanese government’s decision. The largest portion of the Earth is water and everything that is dumped into an ocean will surely reach other oceans because it will be drifted by winds and waves. Humans are not the only ones that will be affected but the whole ecosystem itself. There are millions, probably billions of marine...

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Too much heat caused by global warming has already killed thousands of animals from the Land Down Under. Australia is enduring the maximum temperature of 42°C ever recorded in Perth. It could be 10° above normal, however, it still is 4° off the record. The intensified heatwave caused lakes and rivers to dry up. The warm air and high humidity giving the animals hard time to breathe causing their deaths. Freshwater fishes including bony herring, golden and silver...

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Divers had a great opportunity to swim alongside what could be the biggest shark in the world ever filmed. If you are one of those who are afraid of sharks, great white shark in particular, then you are not alone. Not everyone understands a shark’s behavior. Even marine biologists are misled sometimes. But this group of divers led by Ocean Ramsey must have brought a lot of courage during that unexpected encounter. She and her...

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It has been eight years since the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and locals are returning to their homes despite the fact that the place is still contaminated.e The radioactive fragments emitted by the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant smothered the town and rice paddies the same size as Connecticut. The disaster which occurred 150 miles north of Tokyo forced over 200,000 residents out of the district. Majority of the residents who moved presumed that they fled to save their...

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Ocean waves are noticeably getting stronger, courtesy of climate change that shifts the wind patterns. New research published in Nature suggests that ocean waves are getting more forceful and more dangerous while climate change continues to deliberately warm oceans around the world. Local wind patterns stimulate upper-ocean waves. These wind patterns are propelled by discrepancies in the temperature between various distinct layers of the air. As greenhouse gases are injected into the atmosphere and warm...

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Planet Earth is shifting its movement and is driving the North Pole towards Siberia away from Canada. Researches indicate that the planet evolved a magnetic field more than four billion years ago. The Earth’s magnetic field developed because of the melted iron that exists in the planet’s core and continues to churn about through convection currents. The continuous swirling and flowing of smelting iron generates a complicated sequence of magnetism and makes it hard to model and precisely...

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They are considered as household pests that chew the house down but many are unaware of their important role in the rainforests of Borneo. In Sabah Malaysia, tropical rainforests survive the drought brought about by the unpredictable climate change with the help of termites. According to the research conducted by Louise Amy Ashton and her team, these insects are an understudied class in ecology. Termites bore channels through the forest floor while consuming wood and...

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Spicy tomatoes could be selling soon in the market.  It’s not a joke but the next generation of tomatoes could be in your burger or soup to further enhance the taste and satisfy your palate. It turns out that tomatoes are cousins of chili peppers. The researchers are studying the spicy fruit’s DNA (you read it right) as well as the alteration of tomatoes to create capsaicinoids. These are compounds that make our mouth burn every...