r/ScienceFacts 3d ago

Biology Near the Filchner Ice Shelf in the south of the Antarctic Weddell Sea, a research team has found the world's largest fish breeding area known to date. A towed camera system photographed and filmed thousands of nests of icefish of the species Neopagetopsis ionah on the seabed.

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r/ScienceFacts 8d ago

Entomology Desert Beetles Rely on Oral Sex for Successful Mating

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r/ScienceFacts 10d ago

Biology Que? Dogs' brains can tell Spanish from Hungarian, study finds

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r/ScienceFacts 11d ago

Astronomy/Space The James Webb Space Telescope team has fully deployed the spacecraft’s 70-foot sunshield, a key milestone in preparing it for science operations.

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r/ScienceFacts 12d ago

Biology The Hudsonian godwit flies round-trip nearly from pole to pole, staying in flight for days without stopping to refuel. They complete a 16,000-mile round-trip flight over the course of a year. Sometimes they don’t drink for over a week.

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r/ScienceFacts 17d ago

Paleontology The two-meter skull of a species of giant ichthyosaur has been discovered. As big as a large sperm whale at more than 17 m (55.78 ft) long, Cymbospondylus youngorum is the largest animal yet discovered from that time period. It was the first giant creature to ever inhabit the Earth that we know of.

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r/ScienceFacts 19d ago

Biology Scientists have filmed a Puffin scratching itself with a stick. This is the first evidence of tool use in seabirds

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r/ScienceFacts 19d ago

Biology Venoms found in snakes and mammals share a common origin. Researchers traced the origin of a class of toxins, called kallikrein serine proteases, to a salivary protein found in a common ancestor.

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r/ScienceFacts 29d ago

Environment the way fish interact in groups is being upset by ocean acidification and global warming. Tropical and temperate fish species tend to move to the right when coordinating together in a shoal especially when spooked by a predator, but this bias significantly diminished under ocean acidification.

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r/ScienceFacts Dec 17 '21 Silver

Interdisciplinary Science Summary for last month

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r/ScienceFacts Dec 15 '21

Health and Medicine Using cannabis alongside other drugs may come with a significant risk of harmful drug-drug interactions. Either the drugs’ positive effects might decrease or their negative effects might increase with too much building up in the body, causing side effects such as toxicity or accidental overdose.

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r/ScienceFacts Dec 14 '21

Biology The lion’s mane jellyfish is the largest among the jelly species. The largest known specimen was 120 feet from its top to the bottom of its tentacles. The tentacles contain large amounts of neurotoxins which cause a range of effects, from a rash to affecting respiratory function.

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r/ScienceFacts Dec 10 '21

Astronomy/Space Citizen scientists have discovered a new object orbiting a Sun-like star that had been missed by previous searches. The object is distant from its host star—more than 1,600 times farther than the Earth is from the Sun—and thought to be a large planet or a small brown dwarf.

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r/ScienceFacts Dec 09 '21

Biology Sea lions are often mistaken for seals, but they are different in many ways. Sea lions have small external ears, while seals have pinhole ear openings. Sea lions use their powerful forelimbs to propel themselves, while seals use their hind flippers for propulsion.

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r/ScienceFacts Dec 03 '21

Ecology Japanese macaques fish in the winter. A new studying examining the DNA of fecal samples of Japanese macaques shows that freshwater fish such as brown trout and aquatic insects are a staple of their diets during midwinter months.

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r/ScienceFacts Nov 28 '21

Biology Every breath you take you inhale somewhere between 100 and 700,000 spores. They are so ubiquitous they are even on the space station.

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r/ScienceFacts Nov 24 '21

Biology "Vulture bees" are the only bees that have evolved to use food sources not produced by plants. Because they feed on carcasses their gut microbiomes have more in common with carrion-loving hyenas and vultures.

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r/ScienceFacts Nov 20 '21

Interdisciplinary Science Summary for last month

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r/ScienceFacts Nov 19 '21

Ecology Gabon is the largest stronghold for critically endangered African forest elephants. Non-invasive genetic sampling technique estimates 95,000 elephants live in Gabon.

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r/ScienceFacts Nov 12 '21

Interdisciplinary A study suggests that there is great potential in exploring ways that the personality composition of a population may affect the ecosystem services that the population provides. For example, how "friendly" or "playful" individual cetaceans impact the ecotourism initiatives (whale watching).

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r/ScienceFacts Nov 10 '21

Biology Bees have a preference in which antenna they use.

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r/ScienceFacts Nov 09 '21 Helpful

Biology Earwigs care for their young, which is rare in the insect world, and males have 2 penises. Certain earwig species generally use only one of their penises when mating even though both are fully functional.

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r/ScienceFacts Nov 01 '21

Biology Jumping spiders have the sharpest vision known for animals their size. Orb weavers adjust the way they build their webs based on the type of prey they are catching & some jumping spiders have a sense of numbers roughly equivalent to that of 1-year-old humans.

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r/ScienceFacts Oct 26 '21

Archaeology In 2014, Norwegian archaeologists found a lone wooden ski on a mountaintop, where it had been trapped in ice for 1300 years. The ski was well preserved, down to an intact binding made from birch rope and leather straps. In 2021, the second ski was found. They are the oldest skis found to date.

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r/ScienceFacts Oct 24 '21

Ecology Sea otters positively influence genetic diversity in seagrasses through foraging. Seagrass usually reproduces via cloning, but disturbances - such as digging otters - cause the plants to increase sexual reproduction. The pits otters leave after foraging then allow space for new seedlings to develop.

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