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163 new species discovered during 2015: WWF

163 new species discovered during 2015: WWF

A total of 163 new species were discovered by biologists in the Greater Mekong Region of Southeast Asia during 2015, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) reported.

The Mekong River, which runs from Tibetan-Qinghai Plateau in China all the way to the South China Sea off Southern Vietnam, has long been attracting biologists who discovered a whopping 2,409 new species in the area between 1997 and 2015. Currently, new species are being discovered at a rate of two per week.

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Six Rare Species Found in Deep Indian Ocean in the Longqi Vent Field: Research

Six Rare Species Found in Deep Indian Ocean in the Longqi Vent Field: Research

Researchers have found six new species during exploration of Longqi vent field in deep Indian Ocean. The Longqi vent field is location nearly 1,200 miles southeast of Madagascar. The region is nearly 1.7 miles deep and remotely operated vehicles were used by researchers to access the region. The research team found six new species, including snails, limpets and hairy-chested Hoff crab (Kiwa).

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Scientists identify source of mysterious sound coming from Mariana Trench

Scientists identify source of mysterious sound coming from Mariana Trench

A group of scientists from Oregon State University (OSU) claimed to have found out the actual source of the mysterious sound coming Mariana Trench, the deepest point of earth.

The Mariana Trench is 10,994 meters deep from the sea-level, and scientists had long been struggling to determine the source of a creepy sound originating from that distance which is even 2.5 kilometers longer than the height of Mount Everest.

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Killer Whales Eating a Living Shark Captured in California

Killer Whales Eating a Living Shark Captured in California

A rare footage captured using a drone shows a pod of killer whales eating a living shark. The video was captured by wildlife photographer Slater Moore in Monterey Bay, California. Killer whales are fierce predators and the video shared by Mr. Moore shows two female adult killer whales and two young killer whales attacking a shark.

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Ghost shark video sheds more light on the strange creature

Ghost shark video sheds more light on the strange creature

Ghost sharks are among the oldest known creatures on Earth as these marine animals have been in existence since before the dinosaurs. But, little is known about these very elusive animals because they live very deep in the ocean at depths of nearly 8,500 feet.

However, a ghost shark video filmed by geologists from the California-based Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in 2009 is expected to shed more light on the behavior of the elusive marine species, which is also known as chimaera.

6 new species discovered in thermal vent in Indian Ocean

6 new species discovered in thermal vent in Indian Ocean

Several previously unknown, alien-like creatures, including a hairy-chested crab, reside in a deep-sea vent in the Indian Ocean, a team of biologists discovered.

The first Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) exploration of the Longqi vent field, which is called “Dragon’s Breath” in Mandarin, revealed half-dozen previously unknown species of snail and deep-sea worms like limpet, as well as the hairy-chested Hoff crab (Kiwa).

Space bosses waiting on tenterhooks for Trump to declare his plans for NASA

Space bosses waiting on tenterhooks for Trump to declare his plans for NASA

The United States is currently leading the world in the race into space, but the election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president has cast doubts on the future of the nation’s space missions.

During his election campaign earlier this year, Trump vowed to cut federal funding for various agencies, including NASA. Thus, space bosses as well as investors are eagerly waiting on tenterhooks for the next president to declare his plans for NASA.

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NASA video shows CO2’s concentration in Earth’s atmosphere

NASA video shows CO2’s concentration in Earth’s atmosphere

U.S. space agency NASA has released the first-of-its-kind 3D visualization of carbon dioxide's (CO2's) concentration in Earth's atmosphere.

This new visualization shows how the heat-trapping gas appears in the atmosphere. The gas has been showed as winds of red, blue and yellow whisking around our planet. Each color stands for a different concentration of the gas, with red and blue representing the highest and the lowest levels of the gas, respectively.

Dwarf planet Ceres has plenty of water: NASA

Dwarf planet Ceres has plenty of water: NASA

The dwarf planet Ceres has a plenty of water in the form of ice either on or under its shallow surface, a fresh analysis of data provided by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has suggested.

Ceres, the largest rock in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, has long been suspected of possessing large amounts of water (30% of its total mass). Researchers believe that it has water ice mixed with the rock on its surface. It also may have belched up large plumes of water vapor.

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Researchers sequence entire genome of seahorse

Researchers sequence entire genome of seahorse

An international team of researchers has successfully sequenced and analyzed the entire genome of seahorse, unlocking some of the weird marine creature’s genetic secrets, including its exotic peculiarity of male pregnancy.

Seahorses are known for their various oddities. Males, not females, get pregnant and deliver babies. They have horse-like heads and tube-like snouts but they lack tail and pelvic fins. They can change colors and they swim upright, not horizontally.

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