Three new species of ground snakes discovered under graveyards and churches in Ecuador

Atractus discovery was found hidden among the graves of the elders of the Andean town Amaluza, Azuay province, Ecuador. Credit: Alejandro Arteaga A group of scientists led by Alejandro Arteaga, grantee of The Explorers Club Discovery Expeditions and researcher at Khamai Foundation, discovered three new cryptozoic (living underground) snakes hidden under graveyards and churches in … Read more

Path to the brown coloration of diatoms discovered

The brown color of diatoms is caused by the carotenoid fucoxanthin that absorbs green light and transfers the energy to chlorophylls for photosynthesis. The two newly engineered diatom mutants with impaired fucoxanthin biosynthesis are green-colored. Credit: Martin Lohr Diatoms are microscopic unicellular algae located in natural waters worldwide. During photosynthesis, they take up large quantities … Read more

New giant deep-sea isopod discovered in the Gulf of Mexico

Journal of Natural History” width=”800″ height=”530″/> Image of Bathynomus yucatanensis. Credit: Dr Ming-Chih Huang, Journal of Natural History Researchers have identified a new species of Bathonymus, the famed genera of deep-sea isopods whose viral internet fame has made them the most famous aquatic crustaceans since Sebastian of “The Little Mermaid.” There are around 20 species … Read more

For the first time, scientists have systematized all the halos discovered over thousands of years of observations

A photo of a halo of diamond dust was made on December 12, 2010 in Tampere (Finland). Credit: Marko Riikonen For the first time in the history of observations, numerous scientists from the Helsinki and Ural Federal Universities, Jarmo Moilanen and Maria Gritsevich, have systematized information about all forms of atmospheric halos recorded by mankind … Read more

Off-axis high-temperature hydrothermal field discovered at the East Pacific Rise

The research team has instrumented nine high temperature vents with temperature loggers manufactured by EP Oceanographic. The loggers collect data every ten minutes, in order to track changes in vent fluid temperature that can be used to infer changes in permeability of the crust beneath the vent. Credit: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, National Deep Submergence … Read more

New hawk moth species are among the smallest ever discovered

Researchers have discovered three new species of hawk moths endemic to The Bahamas, among the smallest ever discovered in the family. Credit: Florida Museum / Kristen Grace Hawk moths are known for being some of the largest night fliers in the insect world. With wingspans of more than four inches, many species are big enough … Read more

Newly discovered Fast Radio Burst 190520 prompts more questions due to strange behavior

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Newly discovered fast radio burst (FRB) 190520 shows unique behavior compared to other FRBs discovered so far. This deviant cosmic burst was observed by an international team, co-led by researchers at West Virginia University and the Center for Gravitational Waves and Cosmology. Just when you think you understand the pattern, a … Read more

Wreck of historic royal ship discovered off the English coast

The ship’s bell. Credit: University of East Anglia The wreck of one of the most famous ships of the 17th century—which sank 340 years ago while carrying the future King of England James Stuart—has been discovered off the coast of Norfolk in the UK, it can be revealed today. Since running aground on a sandbank … Read more

New, extremely reactive chemical discovered in the atmosphere

Researchers discovered a highly reactive chemical that they had long thought was too unstable to last under atmospheric conditions. (Image credit: Roberto Machado Noa/Getty Images)) Millions of tons of a class of extremely reactive chemicals called hydrotrioxides can linger in the atmosphere for several hours, a new study suggests — which could have implications for … Read more

New type of extremely reactive substance discovered in the atmosphere

Reaction: ROO + OH → ROOOH (oxygen atoms in red). Credit: University of Copenhagen For the first time, an entirely new class of super-reactive chemical compounds has been discovered under atmospheric conditions. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen, in close collaboration with international colleagues, have documented the formation of so-called trioxides—an extremely oxidizing chemical compound … Read more