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Smithsonian Scientists Discover Six New Coronaviruses in Bats in Myanmar

Finding new diseases is difficult and dangerous work. In the middle of the night, the researchers would get dressed in protective gear. They would wear suits that covered them from head to toe, goggles, two pairs of gloves, and boots. Then they would go to caves and set up nets to capture bats and tarps to collect their droppings. There would be so many bats that it would take the team just a few minutes to have hundreds to sample. Continue reading Smithsonian Scientists Discover Six New Coronaviruses in Bats in Myanmar

The World’s Most Ancient, Elusive Sharks Were Finally Caught on Video

The Greenland shark is one of the world’s largest marine species, reaching lengths over 19 feet. And yet these fish, which prefer the deep, cold waters of the Arctic and North Atlantic oceans, have largely eluded scientific study. Continue reading The World’s Most Ancient, Elusive Sharks Were Finally Caught on Video

Fourth Man Confirmed to Have Died in Hunt For the Rocky Mountains’ Possibly Fictional Fenn Treasure

The myth of a treasure hoard hidden somewhere in the Rocky Mountains has lured a fourth person to their death, the BBC reported.

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SCIENTISTS JUST SYNTHESIZED THE DEADLY TOXIN OF AN ADORABLE FROG

There’s just around 170 milligrams – somewhere between the mass of a one-carat diamond and the amount of caffeine in a Monster Energy Drink. That’s how much batrachotoxin (BTX) is left in the world, according to the most recently available figures. Found in the skin of the golden poison dart frog Phyllobates terribilis, this toxin is so potent that one milligram of it would be enough to kill between 10 and 20 humans.

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Planet Earth Could Lose Two-Thirds of Wild Vertebrates by 2020

Populations of wild vertebrates are on track to fall 67 percent by 2020, according to a new report on the state of Earth’s ecosystems. It’s another stunning reminder of the scale of humanity’s impact on the planet, and a frightening glimpse into the realities of life in the Anthropocene.

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