Scientists have just discovered the world's tiniest chameleon, which measures just under 30 millimeters in length. And as expected, it's unbelievably adorable. After more cute animal science stories? Learn why wombats have cube-shaped poop.
When you think of dogs, it's normal to think of them as loveable and goofy pets, not as scientists. But many dogs have made priceless contributions to science. Without these good boys and girls, we may not have many of the things today we take for granted. Keep on reading to learn about the dogs that have saved lives, gone to space and more!
Vantablack is one of the most light-absorbent materials known, able to absorb up to 99.5% of visible light. This incredible phenomenon was captured expertly by BMW with their promotion of a VantaBlack X6, and has been examined at length by scientists for its potential in camouflage and applications in industrial design. So what if we found this man-made material right underneath our feet? Or more accurately, under the sea.
Karen Osborne and her team discovered that deep in the ocean's depths, there were creatures that had naturally occurring "ultra-black" light absorption. So much so that some of the species discovered with this unique attribute were actually nearly identical in terms of light absorption, to the man-made Vantablack.
Fortunately, even with the challenges of photographing such elusive creatures, the team managed to photograph and study the various species they found to discover there are at least 16 species of fish that can be called ultra-black. So what are these incredible creatures?
Crystals are an amazing organic phenomena (not to mention their supposed healing powers). Not only do they come in all the colors of the rainbow and different shapes and textures, they form naturally through the chemical reactions of different minerals in the earth. As crystals form underground, they're hidden treasures until someone finds them. And that's what happened when someone in southern Spain when stumbled across the largest crystal cave - or geode - in the world. Called the Pulpí Geode, this 390-cubic-foot crystal room is straight out of a fairy tale book.
Every city has it's own personality. The winding alleyways, crowded streets, tree-lined rivers and bustling markets of each city feel like they're the first of their kind. There's nothing like eating a bagel in New York, sipping tea in Istanbul, watching the road crossings in Tokyo, eating macaroons in Paris, or waiting for a herd of cows to cross the road in Delhi.
Every city is recognizable when photographed from street level - but what about from an aerial view? This collection of fifteen aerial photos give you a completely new and unexpected perspective of the cities we all love. Enjoy exploring, travelers!
I think we can all agree that going to the dentist is one of the most unpleasant experiences a human can undergo. Just thinking of the shrill whine of the dentist's drill is enough to make me cringe. Unfortunately, going to the dentist is something we all must do if we don't want to have disgusting teeth. However, there is good news: scientists have just figured out a way to grow back tooth enamel, meaning that you might never have to get another filling for those pesky cavities. Hooray!
Sagitarius A*, denoted Sgr A*, is a supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. Suddenly, scientists noticed it was glowing 75 times brighter than normal. So much so, that they mistook it initially for a nearby star. The brightness was only momentary, as it returned back to its normal state. But the event has scientists excited and baffled.
These obviously aren't actual photos of the 'ghost particle', but its amazing how creative some publishers will get, when trying to illustrate how some sort of particle on the nano-spectrum looks. Ever since the first detection of neutrons in 1970, scientists have been doing whatever they can to try to learn about, and isolate the particle. But how does one go about identifying the mass of an object that is one of the closest to having no mass? The brightest scientific minds have been working for decades to figure it out. But for now, what we know is simply the upper limit that the mass of these particles could reach. The lower limit could literally be nothing, so there is still a lot of work to do.
Scientists are saying the discovery begins a new era of space science and research. Maybe one day we'll finally get a selfie with an alien. For now all we can do is wait for the next raid of Area 51 to check out what is really out there beyond out planet.
After 2,500 years of searching and not asking for directions, researchers have finally found the ruins of a lost village near the Greek town Vlochós, which is about 190 miles north of Athens. While the area was known and researched, many assumed this part to be irrelevant. Who puts a city under a hill, anyway? Researchers can be so stubborn.
However, a group from the University of Bournemouth and the University of Gothenburg decided against their better judgement and took a closer look at the little village under the hill and found a society of gnomes. Just kidding, they found the the remains of a lost city, reports The Daily Mail.
You can actually see the city’s fortress walls, towers, and gates from the air but not from the ground, explaining why no one noticed this before.
“We found a town square and a street grid that indicate that we are dealing with quite a large city,” said fieldwork lead Robin Rönnlund, a PhD student in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Gothenburg.
While they hoped to not do any serious excavation, the team already found some “ancient pottery and coins dating as far back as 500 BC.” According to The Daily Mail, the city was abandoned, perhaps due to Roman conquest, around 300 BC.
If there’s one thing we know about reviving dinosaurs for a theme park, it’s that it all starts with something encased in amber.
Dr. John Hammond in the film Jurassic Park resurrects the dinosaurs with a sample of blood from a mosquito. Who knows what he could do with this: A 99-year-old feathered dinosaur tail, which was recently discovered in a Myanmar market.
The amber is “roughly the size of an apricot” and “captures one of the Earliest moments of differentiation between the feathers of birds of flight and the feathers of dinosaurs.” Though, because of these feathers, the dinosaur was probably unable to fly. This means scientists could actually see the color of the tail, which was “described as chestnut brown with a pale or white underside.”
Of course, up until now, we had thought that discovering something in amber was the first step toward opening a theme park of dinosaurs and getting your grandchildren attacked by a velociraptor or something. But we do we know, we just saw Jurassic Park. It’s not like that makes you an expert in dino attacks and how to prevent them.
Like many of these types of amber, this one was actually meant to be sold as jewelry. This was just one of two dozen purchased from a Myanmar market. Lisa Xing of the China University of Geoscience, who led the research, told National Geographic that because conflicts between the Myanmar government and the Kachin Independence Army are “nearing end,” the Hukawng Valley, where these ambers are found, will open up and more discoveries can be made.
"Maybe we can find a complete dinosaur.” he said.
And all we can do is watch in horror as this paleontologist casually begins a Jurassic Park scenario that we’re all destined to become wrapped up in.
Scrooge McDuck would be freaking out right now.
A 1,111 carat diamond has been discovered in Botswana by mining company Lucara. This is the second largest diamond ever discovered, only bested by the diamond used to make the British crown jewels.
It is as almost as big as a tennis ball.
"The significance of the recovery of a gem quality stone larger than 1,000 carats, the largest for more than a century and the continued recovery of high quality stones from the south lobe, cannot be overstated," Lucara CEO William Lamb said in a press release.
Rihanna is reportedly pretty pumped about this discovery.