Category: Biology

A fungus-shaped marine animal is discovered that is unclassifiable

Fortunately, some zoos already appear where animals are not real, while in other countries there are animals so sacred that even their droppings are used for all kinds of things. But this newly discovered marine animal will be in a prominent place in the dead of natural history.
One of the weirdest jellyfish we know is videotaped in the Pacific
One of the weirdest jellyfish we know is videotaped in the Pacific
It was discovered 50 years ago and there have only been a dozen meetings. Now we can see it in all its splendor in the following video. It is, without a doubt, one of the rarest jellyfish that have been identified: Deepstaria can close the opening of its expansive bell in the form of a bag, trapping any prey that has floated inside.
A new species of cetacean is found on the shores of Japan: the Black Whale
A new species of cetacean is found on the shores of Japan: the Black Whale
The myth has come true: local whalers called it Kurotsuchikujira (Black Whale) and scientists have confirmed its existence: this new species of zifio (a type of odontocete cetacean) located on the shores of the island of Hokkaido has been baptized with The name of Berardius minimus.
Mediterranean diet by exchanges: a good option if you are looking to lose weight
Mediterranean diet by exchanges: a good option if you are looking to lose weight
The Mediterranean diet is probably one of the best known in the world. Less famous, but equally interesting, is the "exchange method"; coined and defended by the homonymous association, chaired by Dr. Clotilde Vázquez. However, the relationship between the two is indissoluble. Designed as a versatile method to apply a healthy nutritional pattern, the exchange method takes advantage of the benefits of the Mediterranean diet in its application.
The animal electric discharge record now corresponds to this new species of newly identified eel
The animal electric discharge record now corresponds to this new species of newly identified eel
Electric eels (which are actually eel-like fish) are creatures that use their electricity to hunt and in self-defense. Like other electric fish, they also navigate and communicate with the electricity they produce. E. voltai can discharge up to 860 volts of electricity, significantly more than the 650 volts generated by E.
Foods that modify the pH of our body: what is the basis of the alkaline diet to lose weight
Foods that modify the pH of our body: what is the basis of the alkaline diet to lose weight
The alkaline diet is listed as a pseudoscience. Indeed, there is no scientific evidence to support its validity. That does not mean that it does not have a scientific basis. A misrepresented scientific base, of course. To understand why this "diet" has neither feet nor head, and its premises are fallacious, misunderstood or directly invented, it is important to understand some basic scientific concepts.
This aquatic scrubber devours turtles and even snakes: the giant bed bug
This aquatic scrubber devours turtles and even snakes: the giant bed bug
According to a new study that collects decades of research, giant bedbugs or nipas are reckless aquatic predators that are capable of diving ducks, turtles and even poisonous snakes. There are about 150 known species. The larger ones, Lethocerus grandis and Lethocerus maximus, live in South America and can measure more than 10 centimeters.
A new species of leech is discovered near Washington D.C that has three jaws with up to 59 teeth
A new species of leech is discovered near Washington D.C that has three jaws with up to 59 teeth
In the summer of 2015, when the Smithsonian research zoologist, Anna Phillips, and other scientists were in the swampy water, letting the leeches get hooked on their bare legs or picking them up in networks of the muddy bottoms of the pond, they didn't know. They realized that some of the bloodsuckers they had collected belonged to a completely new species.
Paleo or evolutionary diet: what science says about this feeding protocol in terms of weight loss
Paleo or evolutionary diet: what science says about this feeding protocol in terms of weight loss
Diet fashions are primed with bombastic concepts. The "paleodiet", "paleo" diet or "evolutionary diet" is one such example of striking names. But does it make sense in terms of health? This nutritional pattern is relatively new, despite its "archaic" premise, rather fictional. Let's see what values ​​it can contribute to our metabolism, the evidence that supports it (or not) and what could be negative.
What is the maximum speed at which a human being can run and the myth of Usain Bolt's chicken nuggets
What is the maximum speed at which a human being can run and the myth of Usain Bolt's chicken nuggets
Usain Bolt is the first athlete to win the 100 and 200 meters in three consecutive Olympics. The Jamaican runner is also the fastest runner on the planet, as it can cover 100 meters in 9.58 seconds. And the 200 meters, in 19.19 seconds. This was achieved in the summer of 2008, thus obtaining a percentage of improvement in the speed that its predecessors had taken 23 years to reduce.
Sea turtles are mainly visual predators, so they confuse plastic with their food
Sea turtles are mainly visual predators, so they confuse plastic with their food
Sea turtles are primarily visual predators choose their food by size and shape, and in this recently published study there is strong evidence that green turtles prefer plastic of certain sizes, shapes and colors. The study could not determine what role plastic played in the death of green turtles (Chelonia mydas), if any.
This fish that was born before World War I has the longevity record
This fish that was born before World War I has the longevity record
Ictiobus cyprinellus is a species of fish of the family Catostomidae in the order of Cypriniformes. Males can reach 123 cm in total length. It is a freshwater fish with a mild climate. Inhabits North America. And, also, it holds the current record of longest fish. And this species is 112 years old, so it was born before the First World War broke out, as a new study suggests, whose carbon dating has validated that the species is the longest known freshwater fish.
We have never seen a brain as complete as this after 100 hours of MRI
We have never seen a brain as complete as this after 100 hours of MRI
A 100-hour MRI has captured the highest level of detail achieved so far a complete human brain thanks to a device recently approved by the US FDA. Which scan has the resolution of detecting objects that are less than 0.1 millimeters wide.
This new species of worm found in Scotland has eyes near its mouth and also near its anus
This new species of worm found in Scotland has eyes near its mouth and also near its anus
Baptized as Ampharete oculicirrata, this little creature found in the Scottish Sea has two pairs of eyes, one near the mouth and one near the anus. This worm is only 4 mm long, and was discovered in a previously unexplored part of the seabed of the West Shetland Shelf Marine Protected Area.
The goats' bleats convey emotions that the other goats know how to interpret
The goats' bleats convey emotions that the other goats know how to interpret
According to a new study led by Queen Mary University in London, which has measured behavioral and physiological changes in goats to determine if they can differentiate between calls related to positive and negative emotions, the bleats have emotional dyes that other goats interpret.
The first mapping of all the connections of a brain (of a worm) is created
The first mapping of all the connections of a brain (of a worm) is created
Another great step in the field of "connectomics", the effort to map the innumerable neuronal connections in a brain, has taken place with the conception of the first complete wiring diagram of an animal's nervous system, the Caenorhabditis elegans worm. This worm only has 302 neurons.
This new species of frog has a pointed nose like Pinocchio
This new species of frog has a pointed nose like Pinocchio
Paul Oliver, a herpetologist at the Queensland Museum and Griffith University in Australia, along with his team, has discovered a new species of tree frog with echoes of Pinocchio in the mountainous forests of New Guinea: Litoria pinocchio, as it is described in the latest issue of Zootaxa magazine.
A new species of fly has been baptized in honor of 'Game of Thrones'
A new species of fly has been baptized in honor of 'Game of Thrones'
Paramonovius nightking is the name with which this new species has been baptized in honor of the White Walkers, of the Game of Thrones saga because of its appearance and because it turns other insects into zombies This fly that belongs to the Bombílidos group, a large family of brachyceral dipterans, has been discovered in Australia, and no name has been chosen by a fan of the Game of Thrones series: Xuankun Li, a PhD student in the Australian National Insect Collection in Canberra.
Animals are already adapted to plastic: this coral prefers to feed on microplastics
Animals are already adapted to plastic: this coral prefers to feed on microplastics
The contamination of microplastics in our oceans is a fact: in the waters of the ocean floor, the presence of microplastics in quantities ranging from 2.06 to 13.51 pieces per liter has been noticed, figures much higher than those found in the surface. However, there are already animals that have adapted evolutionarily to them, such as this type of coral that prefers to feed on microplastics.
See for the first time this giant squid of almost 4 meters engraved in the depth of the Gulf of Mexico
See for the first time this giant squid of almost 4 meters engraved in the depth of the Gulf of Mexico
For the first time, a giant squid has been filmed in the Gulf of Mexico, a creature that is characterized by being very elusive. The authors of this achievement, as you can see below in a video, have been the biologists of sailors embarked on a mission of the NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Five different types of intermittent fasting to lose weight (and which one is the best according to science)
Five different types of intermittent fasting to lose weight (and which one is the best according to science)
Intermittent fasting is, by far, one of the most effective nutritional patterns when it comes to losing weight. This is right in our physiology. However, it may be complex to start practicing it. The availability of food, our habits and social factors make this pattern somewhat complicated to carry out in our day to day.