Reconstruct a prehistoric “platypus fish” " from Australia

A group of scientists reconstructed, from fossils, an extinct fish whose long snout resembles a platypus and which lived in Australia about 175 million years ago. The fossilized fish, called “Brindabellaspis” because it comes from the Australian ridges Brindabella, was found in 1980 in the paleontological site of Lake Burrinjuck,…

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The genome of oak reveals the secret of the longevity of trees

Some of the trees that populate Earth today are older than the Egyptian pyramids and have witnessed the last 5,000 years of human history. A team of scientists has sequenced the oak genome, which expands across three continents, to understand what lies behind its long life. The study shows that…

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The war of the ants: kill, plunder and even take slaves

If one looks at the ground anywhere on the planet, it will not be long before he encounters some ant army that seems to walk peacefully. But appearances deceive and many of them live in a kind of permanent foot of war. The most extreme case is the Argentine ant…

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A village in Germany, looking for the ghost particle

A massive installation to hunt the slightest and elusive particle: the neutrino. During the last 15 years, the German town of Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, at the foot of the Rhine, has been preparing to host and see operate a 24-meter-high mastodon designed to measure the mass of this particle that nobody has…

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A village in Germany, looking for the ghost particle

A massive installation to hunt the slightest and elusive particle: the neutrino. During the last 15 years, the German town of Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, at the foot of the Rhine, has been preparing to host and see operate a 24-meter-high mastodon designed to measure the mass of this particle that nobody has…

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Camouflaged plants use the same tricks as animals (ENG)

These include merging with the background, “disturbing coloration” (using high-contrast markings to break the perceived shape of an object) and “masquerade” (which seems like an unimportant object that predators can ignore, like a stone). “It is clear that plants do more than attract pollinators and photosynthesize with their colors: they…

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A village in Germany, looking for the ghost particle

A massive installation to hunt the slightest and elusive particle: the neutrino. During the last 15 years, the German town of Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, at the foot of the Rhine, has been preparing to host and see operate a 24-meter-high mastodon designed to measure the mass of this particle that nobody has…

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Bacteria survive in clean rooms of NASA eating cleaning products (ENG)

A team of scientists led by Rakesh Mogul of the California State Polytechnic University in Pomona has discovered one of the survival tricks of Acinetobacter: these microbes can eat the same cleaning products that are meant to eliminate them. (…) The team found evidence that Acinetobacter could also grow with…

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