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One professor’s quest to 3D scan every fish in the sea

Thoracocorax-stellatus-Spotfin-hatchetfish If you were wondering what a mottled sculpin looks like, there are plenty of pictures available online. But while they may satisfy a curious tidepooler, the discerning icthyologist demands more. That’s why a professor at the University of Washington is getting full 3D scans of every fish in the sea — every species, anyway. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

July 20th

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Cancer Survivor Receives Jaw Thanks to New 3D Printing Technique

Shirley Anderson of Indiana was in great need of a prosthesis.

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Carli Velocci

July 2nd

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Look at the World’s Biggest Sponge, Which Is Over 11 Feet Long

This sponge could fill a room in your home. The world’s largest, it was found in the depths of the seas near the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

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Jamie Condliffe

May 26th

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Trees Are Even More Amazing Than We Realized

Trees, is there anything they can’t do? Doubtful. Let’s see: producing half the world’s oxygen, providing habitat for millions of species, creating the soil and timber resources we depend on. Not bad. But all that’s just scratching the surface. As new research shows, there’s a lot more going on beneath the forest floor than we realized.

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Maddie Stone

April 15th

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How Did This Escaped Chimp Not Get Zapped Into Oblivion?

In a scene eerily reminiscent of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, an escaped chimpanzee sought refuge on the power lines of a Japanese suburb. The chimp was eventually subdued after a frantic two-hour police chase, but you have to wonder: Why didn’t he get zapped by the power lines? Here’s the answer.

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George Dvorsky

April 14th

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Saharan Silver Ants Have Evolved an Awesome Way of Fighting Extreme Desert Heat

The strikingly beautiful Saharan silver ant is capable of withstanding some of the most extreme temperatures on the planet. New research shows that their silver sheen serves as a heat-repellent system, reflecting incoming sunlight like a prism.

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George Dvorsky

April 14th

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Why Bed Bugs Are Getting Harder to Kill

Bed bugs are among the most dreaded pests we have to deal with, and they’re proving to be a formidable foe. New research suggests that bed bugs are able to ward off insecticides by developing thicker skins.

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George Dvorsky

April 13th

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Brain Implant Enables Quadriplegic Man to Play Guitar Hero With His Hands

Six years ago while vacationing with friends, Ian Burkhart suffered an accident that left him paralyzed from the shoulders down. A new system now allows him to make complex movements with his hand and fingers, making him the first person in history to regain function using signals from his brain.

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George Dvorsky

April 13th

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Horrifying Video of Swarming Crabs Looks Like an Alien Invasion

Researchers working off the coast of Panama have captured unprecedented footage showing thousands of red crabs swarming together in the oxygen-deprived waters just above the seafloor.

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George Dvorsky

April 12th

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Scientists Have Published a New Tree of Life

Charles Darwin famously imagined evolution as a tree full of branches, a metaphor that biologists have since used to depict how life is structured. Now, researchers have given the tree of life another overhaul.

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Jamie Condliffe

April 12th

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