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Scientists name the earliest octopus relative after Joe Biden

Researchers have identified the earliest known relative of octopuses and vampire squid. They named it after the 46th president of the United States. Syllipsimopodi bideni had...

Europa’s chaos terrains could be shuttling oxygen to ocean and support alien life

Salt water within the icy shell of Jupiter’s moon Europa could be transporting oxygen into an ice-covered ocean of liquid water where it could...

Methane-eating bacteria could convert greenhouse gas into fuel

Methanotrophic bacteria consume 30 million metric tons of methane per year. They have captivated researchers for their natural ability to convert the potent greenhouse gas...

Invasive insects will kill 1.4 million US street trees over next 30 years

A new study estimates that over the next 30 years, 1.4 million street trees will be killed by invasive insects, costing over 900 million...

How early Earth got the oxygen?

For the first 2 billion years of Earth’s history, there was barely any oxygen in the air. While some microbes were photosynthesizing by the latter...

Neuron counts reveal brain complexity evolution in land vertebrates

Researchers from Charles University in Prague reconstructed the evolution of brain neuron numbers in amniotes. They revealed that mammals and birds have dramatically increased neuron...

Expedition to highest active volcano unearths clues about life on other worlds

A harsh sun shines down through a cloudless sky, across a vast and unforgiving landscape. It’s covered in gray rock, giant ice sculptures and expansive...

This softshell turtle lived alongside Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops

A newly described softshell turtle that lived in North Dakota 66.5 million years ago at the end of the Cretaceous Period, just before the...

Why curbing calories could help slow aging?

More than 85 years ago, researchers at Cornell University observed that some lab rodents lived longer when fed a lower calorie diet that otherwise...

Why California squid were found in Alaska

As the name implies, California market squid are often sold in stores and typically found between Baja California and Monterey Bay. So, the squid’s periodic...