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The Yellowstone supervolcano in northwest Wyoming isn’t just one of the most fascinating places on Earth, it’s potentially one of the most volatile, thanks to the reservoir of magma contained within. A new study by an international team of researchers has determined that there’s actually more magma under Yellowstone than was previously thought, adding important
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Scientists from the American Bird Conservancy have rediscovered a rare pheasant pigeon that has not been documented for nearly 140 years. Researchers installed camera traps on Fergusson Island, Papua New Guinea, with the results showing the rare black-naped pheasant-pigeon strutting in the images. According to the American Bird Conservancy, the pheasant-pigeon is “a large, ground-dwelling
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Tardigrades are tiny, incredibly tough animals that can withstand a wide range of dangers, including many that would obliterate most other creatures known to science. Different tardigrade species have adapted to specific habitats all over the Earth, from mountains to oceans to ice sheets. Their resilience can also help them survive accidental adventures beyond the
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The first land plants to evolve penetrating root systems, around 400 million years ago, may very well have triggered a series of mass extinctions in the ocean. The expansion of plants onto terra firma was a big moment on Earth, completely restructuring the terrestrial biosphere. According to researchers from Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in
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The discovery of millions of fire ants in Kauai, Hawaii, marks the island’s most extensive infestation since the invasive species was first detected there in 1999, the news website SFGATE reported. The infestation poses a risk to pets, the agriculture industry, and residents and tourists visiting Hawaii’s fourth-largest island, according to SFGATE. “They’re changing the
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Before life on Earth exploded in diversity some 540 million years ago, the first primitive animal skeletons were already starting to form. Squishy-looking marine sponges from this time have been found in tubular thimble-like shapes, structured by hard, mineralized threads – specimens that are thought to be among the earliest assemblages of skeletal fossils. Yet
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A spectacular and explosive volcanic eruption in January 2022 produced the highest plume of steam and ash in recorded history. The towering column that arose from Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai reached a tremendous altitude of 57 kilometers (35 miles) above sea level. That height makes it the first-ever volcanic eruption seen to have punched completely through