New Species of Millipede Named After Singer Taylor Swift

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A total of 17 new animal species have been discovered in the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina, including one named after the world-famous American singer Taylor Swift. Scientists discovered and named a new species of millipede Nannaria swiftae, a twisted-claw …

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Scientists Rediscover Wildflower Assumed to be Extinct For 40 years

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A South American wildflower that was assumed to be extinct for nearly 40 years was rediscovered in Western Ecuador by biologists. A group of biologists rediscovered Gasteranthus extinctus which was first seen in 1985 on the slopes of the Andes …

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Last Known Irrawady Dolphin Found Dead

Cambodian wildlife officials reported the death of the last known freshwater Irrawaddy dolphin on the stretch of the Mekong River in northeastern Cambodia on Wednesday. The dolphin was found dead on Tuesday on a riverbank in Stung Treng province near …

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U.S. Surgeons Successfully Transplant Pig Heart to Human For the First Time

Surgeons in the United States successfully transplanted a heart from a genetically-modified pig to a human being for the first time. David Bennett, 57, received the pig heart in an experimental surgery on Jan. 7 and is doing well three …

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Famed U.S. Biologist Edward O. Wilson, Known as ‘Darwin’s Natural Heir,’ Dies at Age 92

Edward O. Wilson, the famed biologist and environmental activist known as “Darwin’s natural heir,” died on Dec. 26 in in Burlington, Massachusetts at the age of 92. The E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation announced Wilson’s passing in a statement without providing …

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Turkey to Vows to ‘Solve’ Sea Snot Problem

Turkey has vowed to solve the mucilage covering its waters known as “sea snot” which has threatened marine life and affected livelihoods, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said over the weekend. Experts say the marine mucilage or the overpopulation of phytoplankton, …

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