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China’s efforts bring back giant panda from brink of extinction

China’s efforts bring back giant panda from brink of extinction

Chinese conservation efforts have brought back giant panda from the verge of extinction. China’s national icon has been taken off from the endangered list, an effort that China has been making for past many years.

There was a time when the giant panda was present across southern and eastern China. But owing to expansion of human population and development, these bears are now only present in areas where bamboo forests are present.

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Endangered sea turtles to bounce back

Endangered sea turtles to bounce back

North Carolina has witnessed good amount of sea turtles on its beaches. This will definitely prove to be a comeback of sea turtles as they return to their nesting areas to lay eggs.

Figures show a huge jump in the nesting turtles of North Carolina, a 25% increase from previous year. South Carolina marked 6,357 nests whereas Florida and Georgia are also expected to set new records. They are extremely important for maintaining the health of ocean.

40% of world’s lizard population could die off by 2080: Study

40% of world’s lizard population could die off by 2080: Study

Lizards are sensitive to global warming, unveils a new study. Researchers have also mentioned that some lizards would be affected more by climate change compared to some of the species which can deal with the changes. Lizards regulate their body temperature on the basis of environment that makes them vulnerable to climate change.

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Dolphin fossil sheds light on evolutionary history of whales and dolphins

Dolphin fossil sheds light on evolutionary history of whales and dolphins

A fossil that has been present in the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History for more than six decades is now helping to scientists to know about the evolutionary history of whales and dolphins.

As per the researchers, the fossil is of a dolphin that used to live in subarctic marine waters around 25 million years back. The dolphin represents new genus and species, which has been named as Arktocara yakataga.

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Fish pee helpful in maintaining healthy coral

Fish pee helpful in maintaining healthy coral

A Nature Communications-published study unveiled that fish urine is vital for the health of coral reefs. Coral reefs are dependent on fish for key nutrients as they help corals grow. When fish urinate, they release phosphorus in the water.

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Usage of neonicotinoid insecticides behind continuous decline in wild bees across England

Usage of neonicotinoid insecticides behind continuous decline in wild bees across England

Researchers have blamed long-term decline in the population of wild bees in England on neonicotinoid insecticides. For more than 18 years, researchers have assessed bees which heavily forage on oilseed rape, which is heavily treated with neonics.

There have been many studies in the past that have unveiled that decline in the honey bees and bumble bees’ population on noenics. In the current study, the researchers have assessed the impact of populations of 62 species of wild bees across England from 1994 to 2011.

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Googly-eyed stubby squid makes scientists and internet users go crazy

Googly-eyed stubby squid makes scientists and internet users go crazy

A googly-eyed stubby squid has been spotted by E/V Nautilus while it was exploring the ocean floor in California. The vehicle tried to move as close to the species as possible so as to determine whether it is an octopus or cuttlefish.

When the vehicle went closer, scientists were amazed to see the species as it seemed that a child has dropped his toy. Upon further assessment it was found that the cephalopod was a Stubby squid also known as Rossia Pacifica, closely linked to cuttlefish.

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Tobacco hornworm moth genome sequenced by researchers

Tobacco hornworm moth genome sequenced by researchers

Years of collaborative study at various research facilities across the world has resulted into successful genome sequencing of tobacco hornworm (glutton caterpillar). Researchers from Kansas-State University have shared that this tobacco hornworm is known at ‘gluttonous caterpillar’ because it eats a lot before it grows into the Carolina sphinx moth.

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Steamy weather makes cockroaches more active: Research

Steamy weather making cockroaches more active

As Americans have been feeling above-average heat this summer, with temperatures soaring into the mid-80s; conditions are ripe for the much-maligned pests to get active.

The steamy weather is prompting the domesticated versions of the brown-colored bugs or cockroaches to spread their wings and fly, taking to the air. According to entomologists and bug experts, the combination of heat and humidity is responsible for the situation.

Researchers develop self-healing fabric

Researchers develop self-healing fabric

In future, we might not need a sewing needle to fix torn clothes as Pennsylvania State University (PSU) researchers have developed a nifty self-healing fabric. To develop the self-healing or self-mending fabric, the researchers applied a very simple process. They dipped torn clothes in certain special liquids, and the special coating of the certain liquids the ordinary clothes into self-healing clothes.

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