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Researchers Spot Rare Bowhead Whale In Cape Cod Bay

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. (UPI) — Researchers have spotted a rare bowhead whale cruising Cape Cod Bay off the coast of Massachusetts, only the second time in history the species has been seen this far south. The bowhead (Balaena mysticetus) was identified by researchers at the Center for Coastal Studie who were an aerial survey of the […]

Glowing Meteor Soars Across Russian Sky

MURMANSK, Russia (UPI) — When you’re the largest country in the world — at more than 6.5 million square miles — the probability of meteors exploding atop your horizon increases. At least that seems to be the case for Russia, whose skies have hosted two burning meteors in the last two years. Over the weekend, […]

4,000 Peruvians Evacuated From Homes Surrounding Erupting Volcano

QUERAPI, Peru (UPI) — Regional governments in the south of Peru, as well as several local municipalities, have declared a state of emergency and begun evacuating more than 4,000 citizens, as the the country’s 18,750-foot-tall Ubinas volcano continues to erupt. The volcano has been smoldering and slowly erupting for a couple weeks now, but yesterday […]

NASA’s LADEE Probe Purposefully Crashes Into The Moon

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. (UPI) — Self-destruction, or self-sabotage, is usually regarded with disdain in society. But if you’re a NASA spacecraft, self-sacrifice is called science. Last night, NASA’s lunar probe LADEE transmitted its last pieces of imagery and bid sweet goodnight to its creators, smashing into the surface of the moon. It’s a sad ending, […]

Centipede And Viper Eat Each Other To Death In Macedonia

GOLEM GRAD ISLAND, Macedonia (UPI) — Nature can be a cold and grisly place. Scientists perusing the Macedonian island of Golem Grad in Lake Prespa found that out the hard way when they happened upon a dead young female nose-horned viper with a centipede protruding halfway out the snake’s stomach. The two animals had, quite […]

For The First Time, Scientists Find Female Animals With Penises

LAVRAS, Brazil (UPI) — In the many dark, extremely dry caves of Brazil, scientists have discovered four new species of insects with sex-reversed genitalia. That’s right, the females have penises and the males have vaginas. If they have penises, then what makes them female? Well, they still give birth. These strange female insects use elaborate […]

Casual Marijuana Use May Alter Brain Shape And Function In Young Adults

BOSTON (UPI) — A new study on the effects of marijuana smoking on the brains of young people raises new questions about risks of casual drug use. MRI images showed pot smoking affected the size and shape of areas of the brain that are known to play an important role in emotion, motivation and decision […]

Evolution Explains Facial Hair Trends

KENSINGTON, Australia (UPI) — Beards may have once served an evolutionary purpose, providing men warmth and protection against the elements, but today they’re mostly a fashion choice. Right now, they’re a pretty popular fashion choice. And evolutionary biologists at the University of New South Wales think they know why. Beard trends follow an evolutionary principle […]

Physicists Discover New Type Of Particle Using Large Hadron Collider

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (UPI) — A new and exotic atomic particle — one that doesn’t mesh with traditional particle physics models — has been discovered by researchers at Syracuse University. The discovery was made as part of the Large Hadron Collider beauty Collaboration, a multinational research project aimed at finding and studying new quantum forces and […]

Biologists Detail Four New Deep-Sea ‘killer Sponges’

MONTEREY, Calif. (UPI) — Carnivorous sponges are the venus flytraps of the ocean floor; they’re also exceedingly rare. Scientists have only discovered seven since the first was observed 20 years ago. But now, marine biologists have found and studied in great depth four new species found off the California coast, from the Pacific Northwest to […]

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