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For the first time, researchers have amazingly captured the offshore calls of Gentoo penguins as they forage in the freezing waters of the Antarctic Ocean. Using miniature GoPro-style ‘penguincams’ fastened to the backs of the seabirds, the team found that vocal communication amongst these penguins is linked to group formation rather than food gathering. The
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A baby dolphin died last week after hundreds of beachgoers in southern Spain surrounded the animal to touch and take pictures with it, sparking condemnation from a local animal rescue group. The incident took place last Friday in Mojácar, on the country’s southeastern coast, according to Equinac, a Spanish nonprofit organisation that advocates for marine
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The historic 1987 treaty to fight the hole in the ozone layer wasn’t just an international success story – it was a stunning environmental victory that’s still saving the planet in unexpected ways some 30 years later. The Montreal Protocol successfully outlawed harmful chemicals that deplete ozone in the atmosphere, but new research shows the
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The word ‘nice’ has an unusual history in the English language. Originally a term for ‘foolish’, its meaning over the centuries has morphed from ‘wanton’ to ‘reserved’ to ‘fastidious’. These days, it has become a somewhat bland and opaque description of personality: “she’s really nice.” But its common usage hints at the characteristics that matter
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Scientists have used complex computer simulations to figure out what lies beneath Neptune’s icy surface, finding a rare compound that gives us a greater understanding of how gas giants are evolving. The simulations suggest a little-known compound called ammonia hemihydrate is lurking inside Neptune, a compound created when frozen water and ammonia mix together. The
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This article has been sponsored by Griffith University for their new Bachelor of Social Science – find out more here. Kevin Rudd described global warming as “the greatest moral challenge of our generation”, but this is too simple. It’s the greatest economic, political, social, cultural, environmental, and scientific challenge of our time. A silver bullet
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Scientists have developed a brand-new type of electronic window that can switch from transparent to opaque, and back again, in under one minute. Even though similar ‘dimmable glass’ already exists, this invention relies on completely new technology, and if it’s successfully scaled up, we could soon kiss goodbye to ugly window shades. “We did not
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Scientists have developed a thin flexible battery suited to implantable devices that does away with dangerous chemicals and replaces them with biologically compatible liquids. The bendy batteries use sodium-based liquids – one a saline solution and another using cell cultures – and this innovation could change how we power wearable devices and even medical implants.
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