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Scientists observe what they call ‘water snow line’ for first time ever

Scientists observe what they call ‘water snow line’ for first time ever

Scientists have spotted what they call a ‘water snow line’ for the first time ever. It is the point at which the temperatures within the disk rotating around a young star fall sufficiently low to enable snow formation.

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Ducklings are Smart: Same-different Discrimination found in Newly Hatched Ducklings

Ducklings are Smart: Same-different Discrimination found in Newly Hatched Ducklings

Birds are not stupid creatures and a new study has evidence to prove that. Scientists studied behavior of newly hatched ducklings and found that the adorable species knows the same-different discrimination.

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Massive black hole growing on sun’s surface, but not a cause of concern: NASA

Massive black hole growing on sun’s surface, but not a cause of concern: NASA

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory has unveiled about a giant-sized dark spot that has been spreading across the sun’s surface. Known as coronal hole, this spot as per experts would not cause any harm.

Explaining what is actually a coronal spot experts said that it is a low-density hole in the corona, plasma layer that surrounds the sun. Researcher Robert Steenburgh from the NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder said that the hole will not be visible in all the imageries, like white light images of the sun.

Discovery of new population of farmers unveils agriculture techniques developed more than once

Discovery of new population of farmers unveils agriculture techniques developed more than once

Bones and teeth from four ancient human skeletons discovered in the Zagros Mountains of present-day Iran suggest that farming was invented more than one time. The fossils show that these people used eat domesticated crops at least 9,000 years back.

When DNA assessment was carried out, the researchers came to know that none of them belonged to Europe’s first farmers known as the Aegeans. These four individuals belong to a different genetic group that researchers were not aware of.

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‘Quality’ of space matters more than ‘quantity’ for zoo elephants: Study

‘Quality’ of space matters more than ‘quantity’ for zoo elephants: Study

What matters for elephants, the largest land mammal on earth, is social interactions and opportunities to involve with their surroundings and not space, unveils the largest multi-institutional zoo-elephant welfare project.

The research findings have been based on the nine studies in which lives of 255 African and Asian elephants in 68 North American zoos were assessed. The research paper published in the journal PLOS One has turned the tables as it was believed that more space is needed and better for elephants.

Ducklings use abstract relationships to recognize their mothers: Study

Ducklings use abstract relationships to recognize their mothers: Study

A new study published in the journal Science has unveiled that same-different discrimination is present in creatures that are generally being considered not intelligent like newborn ducklings. The research paper challenges our idea of what does it mean to have a birdbrain.

Edward Wasserman, an experimental psychologist at the University of Iowa, said that birds are quite intelligent. The problem lies in how to get them to talk to us. Therefore, the researchers came up with an experiment so as to better test bird intelligence.

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Mantis shrimp roll their eyes to improve vision

Mantis shrimp roll their eyes to improve vision

Mantis shrimp are superior to human when it is about vision. We humans have only three different color channels, while mantis shrimp have 12. They have a better vision to improve the clarity of their vision. They can roll their eyes.

Researchers at the University of Bristol’s School of Biological Sciences discovered that the creature rolls its eyes in order to improve polarization vision. The shrimp can see the polarization of light, while humans can only use three channels: red, green, and blue.

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Neighborhood beyond Neptune becomes more crowded, with discovery of new dwarf planet

Neighborhood beyond Neptune becomes more crowded, with discovery of new dwarf planet

The area beyond the 8th planet of our solar system is becoming ever more crowded, as astronomers have announced the discovery of another dwarf planet. A review at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope in Hawaii has been keeping an eye over 600 bodies in an icy debris ring, called the Kuiper belt.

One of them has been found to be the probable dwarf planet. Michele Bannister, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, working on the survey, called it a big fish in the entire lot of tiny ones they’re working with.

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All Orchids Aren’t Pretty: New Species Appears Like Head of Devil

All Orchids Aren’t Pretty: New Species Appears Like Head of Devil

Flowering plants orchids are famous for their beautiful colors and delicate fragrance, but a team of researchers has found a new species of orchids which is unique, but not pretty. The species discovered by Poland and Colombian researchers looks like a devil’s head.

This ‘demon orchid’ species grows in a small region of southern Colombia. According to the researchers, the species was never seen before. Its heart is devil-shaped. The discoverers have named the species ‘Telipogon diabolicus’.

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Turquoise waters reminiscent of Caribbean island replace New Jersey’s typically murky coast

Turquoise waters reminiscent of Caribbean island replace New Jersey’s typically murky coast

Turquoise waters suggestive of a Caribbean island have taken over the typically murky coast of New Jersey for the last week because of the mixture of phytoplankton and strange weather conditions.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on NASA's Aqua satellite captured the phytoplankton bloom responsible for the color shift on July 6. It collects data on the water cycle of the Earth.

Different from the toxic algae bloom presently choking Florida waters, phytoplankton bloom in New Jersey is a safe yearly phenomenon.

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