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Snorkeling Couple Takes Us Underwater to Swim With Humpback Whales (GoPro Video)

Ever wonder what it would be like to snorkel up close and personal with a humpback whale? Well, snorkelers Cecil and Mallory Johnson recently teamed up with GoPro to do just that. Humpback whales often live near coastlines and feed mainly on plankton, krill (a small crustacean closely related to shrimp) and small fish. An average-sized humpback consumes anywhere from 2,000-3,000 pounds of food per day during feeding season! Humpbacks are also known for their incredible ability to produce “whale calls”, sequences of moans, cries and

New DNA Evidence Shows That Early Humans Survived Through the Last Ice Age

Europe’s earliest humans managed to survive the extremely harsh climate fluctuations that occurred during the last Ice Age, which lasted from roughly 60,000 to 20,000 years before the present day. The findings come after researchers from Cambridge University carried out a genetic analysis on the remains of a European man who lived around 37,000 years ago. The remains were found near the village of Kostenki in what is now western Russia. The researchers found that the man’s DNA was actually very similar to that of modern-day

This Student Designs Jewelry That Turns Your Veins Into A Power Source (Video)

We’ve all been there: running out of power on your cell-phone with no prospect of a charger in the near future. It’s one of the most frightening possible scenarios for a lot of people these days. Naomi Kizhner, an Israeli graduate student, may have solved that problem. Naomi is designing jewelry that could theoretically harness your body’s energy to generate electrical power. Some of her devices are a little bit creepy- they are embedded into the wearer’s veins, and, in theory, would use

Did You Know… That Dogs Poop In Alignment With Earth’s Magnetic Field??

As crazy as it sounds, I promise this study is for real. A few years ago, a group of scientists and researchers from universities in the Czech Republic and Germany came together to carry out one of the strangest experiments you’re likely to ever hear about. A number of organisms around the world are known to spontaneously align their bodies with Earth’s magnetic field when they relieve themselves, and the researchers had a hunch that dogs did the same. To test out

Scientists Just Created A New Material- A Spoonful Can Suck Up All the Oxygen In A Room

Scientists from the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy at the University of Southern Denmark have created oxygen-absorbent crystals that can easily and conveniently store and release oxygen at high concentrations. Although humans require oxygen to survive, the air we breath is only 21% oxygen, the other 79% being comprised almost entirely of nitrogen. However, there are plenty of instances where it’s necessary to have oxygen available in considerably higher concentrations, such as lung patients with oxygen machines and fuel

What Are These Strange Creatures and Why Are They Washing Up On the Shores of Monterey Bay?

Meet the velella velella. These odd creatures, which are often called by-the-wind sailors, are a species of invertebrate closely related to Portuguese Man-o-wars. Basically, they’re jellyfish that spend the entirety of their adult lives on the surface of the water. Their only form of navigation is the sail on their back, which is how they got their nickname. When winds get violent, velella velellas are pretty much at the mercy of the ocean, and are often stranded by the thousands along beaches

What’s A Bobcat In 60 Seconds

Bobcats (Lynx rufus) are a mainly nocturnal animal and like most feline are very elusive, so they aren’t often seen by humans. A mammal part of the cat family “Felidae”, bobcats first appeared around 1.8 million years ago.  Bobcats have adapted to thrive in many different habitats, such as forests, swamps, deserts, and even urbanized areas. They inhabitat regions from southern Canada all the way to northern Mexico and can be found all throughout the United States. There are an estimated 1 million bobcats living

Did You Know You Can Take A Virtual Tour of One of The US’s Coolest Museums!?!

The Smithsonian National Museum Of Natural History located in Washington, D.C. opened in 1910 and is still one of the United State’s most visited and celebrated museums. The museum itself is pretty massive. According to Smithsonian’s website… “The main building on the National Mall contains 1.5 million square feet of space overall and 325,000 square feet of exhibition and public space; altogether the Museum is the size of 18 football fields, and houses over 1000 employees.”   At the heart of

Just How Big Was the Biggest Bird Ever?

25-28 million years ago, a massive seabird known as Pelagornis sandersi dominated the skies. With wingspans reaching up to 24 feet in length, P. sandersi’s wingspan was more than twice as large as the largest living bird capable of flight, the Royal Albatross (which can have a wingspan of up to 11.5 feet). P. sandersi‘s wingspan was also… As big as many World War I fighter jets: Longer than three Yao Mings lined up head to toe: And longer than most adult anacondas: The bird was so

Did You Know… There’s A Plant That Produces Both Tomatoes and Potatoes?

The “TomTato” is a veggie lover’s dream: above ground, it’s a tomato plant; below ground, it’s a potato plant. The idea was the brainchild of the horticultural firm Thompson and Morgan, based in Ipswich, England. Although the concept sounds crazy, the plants are not genetically modified; rather, they are created using grafting. This process involves making matching incisions into two different plants which allows you to connect them. A similar process was recently used by a professor from Syracuse University to create

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