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In World First, Leopard Seals Discovered to Eat Ghost Sharks

In World First, Leopard Seals Discovered to Eat Ghost Sharks

We are used to thinking of sharks as predators and seals as their prey, but sometimes the circle of life moves in reverse. A new study has found evidence that leopard seals off New Zealand eat ghost sharks, the first known example of a seal eating a shark. “We were blown away to find that […]

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    How to Watch the Longest Partial Lunar Eclipse in 580 Years

    How to Watch the Longest Partial Lunar Eclipse in 580 Years

    Sky nerds are in for a treat this Thursday night or Friday morning. The Earth will witness the longest partial lunar eclipse in 580 years, with the event set to last a full 3 hours, 28 minutes and 23 seconds, according to NASA. “There hasn’t been a longer partial lunar eclipse since February 18, 1440 […]

    Two Forever Chemicals More Toxic Than Previously Thought

    Two Forever Chemicals More Toxic Than Previously Thought

    A new analysis from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finds that forever chemicals are even more toxic than previously thought. The agency announced Tuesday that it was asking its Scientific Advisory Board to review draft scientific documents about the health impacts of two types of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS): Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctane […]

    There May Be a Link Between Rising Humidity and Suicide

    There May Be a Link Between Rising Humidity and Suicide

    The climate crisis has been called the “biggest global health threat of the 21st century,” and there is a growing awareness that it puts mental as well as physical health in jeopardy. Now, a first-of-its-kind study published in Scientific Reports Monday finds an association between the increased humidity caused by global heating and suicide. “It’s […]

    A New Biodegradable Glitter Is Here Thanks to Cambridge Researchers

    A New Biodegradable Glitter Is Here Thanks to Cambridge Researchers

    The holiday season is approaching, which means that stores are starting to fill with cards and decorations coated in glitter. Scientists and environmental advocates have pointed out that glitter is actually made of microplastics, and is therefore a dangerous contribution to the ocean plastic crisis. But now researchers may have developed a path towards a […]

    Poop From Meat Eaters Threatens Coral Reefs

    Poop From Meat Eaters Threatens Coral Reefs

    From animal welfare to deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions, there is growing awareness of the harmful effects of factory farming and meat consumption. Now, a new study published in PLOS One Wednesday uncovered another way in which too much meat eating harms the environment: It puts more nitrogen into human waste, threatening coastal ecosystems like […]

    ‘Cold Bone’: New Dinosaur Species Discovered in Greenland

    ‘Cold Bone’: New Dinosaur Species Discovered in Greenland

    For the first time, scientists have discovered a dinosaur species unique to Greenland. The new dinosaur was a long-necked herbivore that lived around 214 million years ago, and its scientific name reflects its unique home: Issi saaneq means “cold bone” in Greenland’s Indigenous Kalaallisut language. “We have selected a name in Inuit language to honor […]

    New Species of Whale Discovered

    New Species of Whale Discovered

    A new species of beaked whale has been identified in a unique collaboration between Indigenous knowledge and Western science. The new species, formally announced in Proceedings of the Royal Society B last month, is named Ramari’s beaked whale after Ramari Stewart, a female Mātauranga Māori whale expert who was instrumental in the discovery. Ramari also […]