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How Earth’s oddest mammal got to be so bizarre — ScienceDaily

Often considered the world’s oddest mammal, Australia’s beaver-like, duck-billed platypus exhibits an array of bizarre characteristics: it lays eggs instead of giving birth to live babies, sweats milk, has venomous spurs and is even equipped with 10 sex chromosomes. Now, an international team of researchers led by University of Copenhagen has conducted a unique mapping […]

Corals bleached from heat become less resilient to ocean acidification
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Corals bleached from heat become less resilient to ocean acidification

By Donna Lu Cat’s Paw Coral (Stylophora pistillata)blickwinkel/Alamy Corals get a double-whammy negative from heat – those that are bleached as a result of heat stress also become less resilient to ocean acidification. Robert Eagle at the University of California, Los Angeles and his colleagues have analysed the effect of elevated temperatures on the growth […]

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Nanoparticle vaccine for COVID-19 — ScienceDaily

Before the pandemic, the lab of Stanford University biochemist Peter S. Kim focused on developing vaccines for HIV, Ebola and pandemic influenza. But, within days of closing their campus lab space as part of COVID-19 precautions, they turned their attention to a vaccine for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Although the coronavirus was outside […]

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Why crocodiles have changed so little since the age of the dinosaurs — ScienceDaily

New research by scientists at the University of Bristol explains how a ‘stop-start’ pattern of evolution, governed by environmental change, could explain why crocodiles have changed so little since the age of the dinosaurs. Crocodiles today look very similar to ones from the Jurassic period some 200 million years ago. There are also very few […]