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Breatharian Couple surviving on ‘Universe’s energy’ instead of food

Breatharian Couple surviving on ‘Universe’s energy’ instead of food

A ‘Breatharian’ couple has reportedly been successfully surviving on ‘the universe’s energy’ instead of food for the last nine years.

Camila Castello, 34, and Akahi Ricardo, 36, who live between Ecuador and California, claim that they fail to remember what it feels like to be hungry.

Castello claims that she ate just five times all through her first pregnancy, and her blood tests during all the three trimesters were faultless and she delivered a healthy, baby boy.

Beekeepers struggle as 21% of honeybee colonies suffer last winter: Report

Beekeepers struggle as 21% of honeybee colonies suffer last winter: Report

Beekeepers in the United States and other parts of the world are facing tough times keeping their colonies alive. For almost a decade, the massive rate of decline of bee colonies has become a major issue for beekeepers. During the last winter season, beekeepers registered 21% decline in bee colonies. The rate was the lowest decline registered over the last decade in the United States. During 2015 Winter season, the loss was 27 percent.

Scientists catch glimpse of the way in which ladybugs fold wings

Scientists catch glimpse of the way in which ladybugs fold wings

Using high-speed cameras and CT scanners, a team of Japanese scientists have caught a glimpse of the highly complicated way in which ladybugs fold their wings.

The scientist from the University of Tokyo wanted to explore how ladybugs’ wings can be strong enough to fly with, but swiftly collapsible so they can be tucked out of the way. It may be noted here that the ladybugs’ wings are much larger than the wing cases they fold down to fit inside.

Fungal infection threatens European salamanders: Study

A fungal infection threatens European salamanders: experts warn

A fungal infection that hit northern European countries many years ago behaves as a “perfect storm” and may end up wiping out almost all vulnerable species, experts have warned.

The lethal fungus, dubbed B. salamandrivorans (Bsal), left almost all fire salamanders dead in an outbreak occurred in The Netherlands in the year of 2014. Wild salamanders and newts in Germany and Belgium have also suffered outbreaks since then.

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Mass bleaching events offer low prospect of recovery for Great Barrier Reef

Mass bleaching events offer zero prospect of recovery for Great Barrier Reef

Mass bleaching events occurred just twelve months apart offer zero prospect of recovery for the Great Barrier Reef in north Queensland, scientists have warned.

The Great Barrier Reef suffered two consecutive massive coral bleaching events, in 2016 and 2017. A team of scientists from the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies conducted aerial surveys of the structure, and found that the bleaching events damaged a 1,500km stretch of the reef.

Cyclone Debbie impacts Great Barrier Reef: Report

Cyclone Debbie makes devastating blow to Great Barrier Reef

After suffering back-to-back severe coral bleaching, the Great Barrier Reef has had to cope with another devastating blow — Cyclone Debbie. Ferocious winds moving at speeds of up to 260 kilometer per hour tore through the Whitsunday Islands and made landfall at Airlie Beach. Local researchers and reporters went underwater to examine the destruction caused by the cyclone.

The cyclone snapped off branches and lifted up and threw aside massive pieces of coral. Local tour operators portrayed a disheartening picture of the broken reef.

Paleontologists discover remains of an earliest relative of dinosaurs

Paleontologists discover remains of an earliest relative of dinosaurs

The discovery of 245-million-year-old fossilized remains of one of the earliest relatives of dinosaurs from a basin in southern Tanzania may help fill in the gaps in scientists’ understanding of how those massive creatures evolved as well as provide a deeper insight into what their earliest relatives might have looked like.

Paleontologists reported that the remains belonged to an extinct carnivorous creature called Teleocrater rhadinus, which wasn’t a direct forerunner to dinosaurs. Instead, this creature was more of a close cousin.

Coral bleaching affected two-thirds of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef: Study

Coral bleaching affected two-thirds of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef: scientists say

New aerial surveys have confirmed that back-to-back coral bleaching events have affected more than two-thirds of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

A team of scientists with the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at the Australian Research Council conducted the surveys, and scored bleaching at 800 individual coral reefs across 8,000 kilometers at the world’s biggest living structure.

The results proved that two mass bleaching events that took placed in the recent years have affected a 1,500-kilometer stretch, leaving merely the southern part of the reef unscathed.

Octopus can ignore own DNA information: Research

Octopuses can ignore their own DNA information: researchers find

A new study has suggested that octopuses along with their squid and cuttlefish cousins are much more intelligent than marine biologists give them credit for.

Octopuses have long been known for making remarkable escapes by squeezing into really small areas or unscrewing glass jars from the inside, but the study is really astonishing as it suggest that these creatures are able to ignore their DNA information and that they can readily modify the way they use their DNA.

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Cephalopods can readily change the way they use DNA: study

Cephalopods can readily change the way they use DNA: study

Cephalopods like octopuses, cuttlefish and nautiluses can readily change the way they use their DNA, a new study by an international team of researchers revealed.

Researchers from Israel’s Tel Aviv University and Woods Hole, Massachusetts-based Marine Biological Laboratory studied cephalopods and found that their stunning abilities might originate at the molecular level. Rather than making use of their genetic code as a blueprint to create the proteins they require to survive, they use it more like guidelines.

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