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A Mitey Claw


If the key to happiness is appreciating the little things in life, then take a moment to appreciate the claw of a microscopic mite only 600 µm long. It’s from a new species discovered in the soil of a chestnut plantation where they use their nubbles and knobs (technically known as palettes) to “swim” through [...]

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Painting the Air


  From: My best photographs of 2013 Source: Alex Wild As a painter, one of the challenges I face is pushing the paint around until it resembles real life. On occasion, a photo does the same in reverse. This charming firefly seems to magically stand astride a pair of diarylide yellow paintbrush strokes in mid-air. [...]

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Freezing, Boiling, Dehydration and Starvation


  From: Why Life Does Not Really Exist by Ferris Jabr at Brainwaves Source: Goldstein Lab on Flickr Tardigrades are among the most hardy creatures on earth. These tiny, half-millimeter long organisms can survive freezing, boiling, dehydration, and starvation. This scanning electron micrograph, taken in Bob Goldstein’s lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, shows the [...]

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Complex Brains Existed 520 Million Years Ago in Cockroach Relative

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Your everyday cockroach might not seem terribly intelligent. But new fossil evidence from 520 million years ago suggests that this insidious insect might have had some surprisingly smart early ancestors. Cockroaches and other insects belong to a group called the arthropods, which arose some 540 million years ago. A new Chinese fossil is yielding new [...]

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Photographer Nicky Bay’s Purple Centipedes and Singapore Blues


I spend a great deal of time looking at weird insects on the Internet, and time and time again, Nicky Bay has the best shots of many different species and behaviours. The Singapore-based game designer managed to photograph that purple house centipede (Scutigeridae) mere moments after it shed its exoskeleton, which hangs quite beautifully on [...]

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Largest Assemblage of Cambrian Fossils Since 1909 Discovered in British Columbia

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Much of what we know about the diversification of body plans that happened starting 540-million years ago (commonly known as the Cambrian Explosion) comes from the famous Burgess Shale formation. The original site, located in Yoho National Park in the Canadian Rockies, was discovered by paleontologist Charles Walcott in 1909. The site has produced an [...]

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