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Scientists have never fully understood what drives whole pods of whales to beach themselves in mass strandings along the world’s coastlines, but it’s possible the impetus may not originate on Earth. The same phenomenon that produces spellbinding aurorae like the northern lights could also be triggering mass whale strandings, with powerful solar storms causing disruptions
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As a researcher who works on fruit flies, I often get asked how to get them out of someone’s kitchen. This happens to fly researchers often enough that we sit around fly conferences (these actually exist) and complain about getting asked this question. Meanwhile, we watch the same fruit flies buzz around our beers instead
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Residents of the Houston area affected by Hurricane Harvey have spotted an unusual risk in the floodwaters: colonies of fire ants that have joined together to form floating rafts. Fire ants are an invasive species native to South America, and they have successfully colonised the southern US. Whenever a major storm blows through, bringing flooding,
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Weighing nearly 70 US tons (63 tonnes), heavier than 10 adult African elephants, this dinosaur was the largest animal to ever walk on Earth, according to some scientists. This plant-eating beast first made headlines in 2014, after a rancher from Patagonia in Argentina discovered a fossil bone. Last year, the American Museum of Natural History in New York
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Despite what you might’ve seen in 1950s monster movies, it’s difficult to raise mutant ants. For years biologists have altered the genetics of organisms as varied as mice and rice. Mutant fruit flies are a labouratory staple. But ants’ complex life cycle hampered efforts to grow genetically engineered ants – until now.   On Thursday, two independent research