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Chances Are You'll Live Longer Than You Think

Chances Are You’ll Live Longer Than You Think

Back in 1992, researchers asked 26,000 Americans over the age of 50 to estimate their odds of living to age 75. Turns out, they were way off. The results of the survey from the University of Michigan’s Health and Retirement Study show that people generally underestimated how long they would li

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New Nocturnal Gecko Species Discovered in Madagascar

New Nocturnal Gecko Species Discovered in Madagascar

A new species of gecko has been found living among the crumbling remains of an old French fort in northern Madagascar. The gecko, nocturnal by nature, is a master of camouflage and seamlessly blends in with the surrounding rocks and fortress ruins, according to a new study. Although researchers f

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Bats Make Calls to Jam Rivals' Sonar

Bats Make Calls to Jam Rivals’ Sonar

Like a football player running interference, a Mexican free-tailed bat (Tadarida brasiliensis) can block a competitor's ability to get a meal, a new study says for the first time. Scientists observed bats using an acoustic call to jam another's echolocation—the process of bouncing sound waves off

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Philae lander makes historic touchdown on comet

Philae lander makes historic touchdown on comet

4The European Space Agency's Philae lander on the Rosetta spacecraft made its nail-biting, history-making touchdown on the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Mission controllers are still trying to determine whether Philae's harpoons fired to anchor it to the surface of the comet. The landing ended w

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Deer with 'Vampire Fangs' Spotted for 1st Time in Decades

Deer with ‘Vampire Fangs’ Spotted for 1st Time in Decades

An endangered deer with vampirelike fangs was spotted for the first time in nearly 60 years, in a remote forest in northeastern Afghanistan. The fanged creature is known as the Kashmir musk deer, and it's native to the Himalayas of northern India, Pakistan's Kashmir region and northern Afghanista

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Birds Build Nests with Camouflage in Mind

Birds Build Nests with Camouflage in Mind

Researchers have recorded the first direct evidence that birds consider the notion of camouflage when they choose colored materials for their nests. A team from the University of St. Andrews wallpapered male zebra finch cages in different colors. Then they filmed the birds building their nests, g

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Mars Orbiter Mission was closest to comet Siding Spring

Mars Orbiter Mission was closest to comet Siding Spring

Isro's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) is healthy compared to other spacecrafts despite being closest to comet Siding Spring when it flew past the Red Planet on Sunday night. On Monday, MOM tweeted: "Phew! Experience of a lifetime. Watched the #MarsComet #SidingSpring Whizzing past the planet. I'm in

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Poisonous frogs evolve to sing longer and louder

Poisonous frogs evolve to sing longer and louder

He's sexy and he knows it. The little devil frog is noisy in pursuit of a partner, and doesn't care who hears him. The little devil frog's fearlessness in the face of hungry predators could be down to his toxicity. The little devil, Oophaga sylvatica, is a member of the dendrobatid group of poisono

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Swordfish’s Sword Doesn’t Break

Swordfish’s Sword Doesn’t Break

Billfish like marlin and swordfish are known for their characteristic protruding upper jawbone (also called a rostral bone), which they use to help stun and catch their prey. For the bone to remain strong, it needs to not only withstand a large amount of force, but also be repaired when it is d

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Puppy-Sized Spider Romps in Rainforest

Puppy-Sized Spider Romps in Rainforest

Piotr Naskrecki was taking a nighttime walk in a rainforest in Guyana, when he heard rustling as if something were creeping underfoot. When he turned on his flashlight, he expected to see a small mammal, such as a possum or a rat. "When I turned on the light, I couldn't quite understand what I wa

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