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No sex? No problem. These tiny, asexual animals steal genes to make their own medicine Bdelloid-rotifer-A_ricciae_after-surviving-a-fungal-infection-Credit-CG-Wilson.jpg

No sex? No problem. These tiny, asexual animals steal genes to make their own medicine 

Bdelloid rotifers are ancient, asexual, oddballs. The teeny-tiny freshwater animals have seemingly persisted without sex, and the evolutionary advantages it brings, for an estimated 25 million years. New research sheds light on how this lineage of resilient aquatic organisms may have survived so long and spread worldwide–from damp moss to Antarctic ice sheets–absent sexual gene […]

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There’s a right and wrong way to build a solar farm

Solar farm naysayers often throw out two major criticisms of power utility-scale projects, depending on where they are located: Solar farms intended for relatively flat, well-draining land can take up much-needed and valuable agricultural spaces. Meanwhile, any solar farms installed across more complex terrain or steeper slopes may exacerbate issues like excessive stormwater runoff and

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Ant gets bee-slapped, and other strange bug moments

Some honey bees in parts of Asia have an effective way of keeping intruders out of their hives. They slap them–with lightning speed. Video included in a study published July 10 in the journal Ecology shows how they send ants tumbling away. Ants are often attracted to beehives due to their large stores of larvae,

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106 critically endangered Siamese crocodile eggs spotted in Cambodia

In a conservation victory, 106 eggs belonging to rare Siamese crocodiles (Crocodylus siamensis) were recently discovered in Cambodia’s Cardamom National Park. Sixty of the eggs have successfully hatched since they were found. According to conservation organization Fauna & Flora, this number sets a century-long breeding record for this critically endangered reptile. “The recent discovery of

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What does a pug skull look like? University digitizes skulls of 152 dog breeds.corgi_skull.jpg

What does a pug skull look like? University digitizes skulls of 152 dog breeds.

Come face-to-face with a pug and you’re likely left wondering what type of bone structure could support such an oddly dome-shaped dog head. Well, researchers at ELTE Eötvös Loránd University have the answer to not only the shape of pug skulls but the skulls of 152 dog breeds. A pug’s skull (seen below) is more

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The New UK Government Wants Clean Energy, Sustainable Aviation Fuel, and Public Transport Reform

The new Labour government in the UK set out its legislative priorities today after winning a landslide election on July 4. At the official state opening of parliament, King Charles III read a speech outlining the bills that Prime Minister Keir Starmer’s government will attempt to pass over the coming months and years. There were

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Expedition finds a 10-inch long millipede lost to science for 126 years

An expedition into Madagascar’s largest and most intact forest found 21 species that had been considered lost to science. A team studying the Makira Forest found three iridescent, nearly translucent species of fish and the first documented sighting of a roughly 10-inch-long millipede in 126 years. However, the dark brown millipede was likely never considered

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The Olympics has been obsessed with sex for centuries

What’s the weirdest thing you learned this week? Well, whatever it is, we promise you’ll have an even weirder answer if you listen to PopSci’s hit podcast. The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week hits Apple, Spotify, YouTube, and everywhere else you listen to podcasts every-other Wednesday morning. It’s your new favorite source for the

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Dragonflies reveal how toxic mercury moves in nature

Ecologists often rely on health data of fish and bird populations to measure a region’s mercury contamination. But this analysis can be expensive, time consuming, and exclude many desert ecosystems. Yet, one creature is easily found in almost any habitat that contains even minimal amounts of water—dragonflies. Now, after enlisting volunteers to gather the insects’

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This EcoFlow solar-powered generator is just $179 for Prime Day

We’re big proponents of solar generators here on the PopSci GOODS staff. They can save the day in a pinch or enable off-the-grid fun during an adventure. Right now, Amazon has the EF EcoFlow Portable Power Station 2 for the ridiculous price of $179, complete with a dedicated solar charging panel. That’s nearly half-off. Remember,

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