How Bizarre

  1. snapping shrimp
    Life

    Some shrimp make plasma with their claws. Now a 3-D printed claw can too

    Scientists used a replica of a shrimp claw to re-create the extreme pressures and temperatures that the animals produce underwater.

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  2. ancient marine reptile
    Paleontology

    Tiny eyes make a bizarre, ancient platypus-like reptile even weirder

    An ancient oddball marine reptile had teeny-tiny eyes, suggesting it probably used senses other than sight to catch food.

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  3. Southern pig-tail macaques
    Animals

    Malaysia’s pig-tail macaques eat rats, head first

    Pig-tail macaques are seen as a menace on Malaysian palm oil plantations, but may be helping to reduce rodent populations.

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  4. SECCO 1
    Astronomy

    Loner gas clouds could be a new kind of stellar system

    Weird loner clumps of gas that have wandered for 1 billion years may have been stripped from a trio of larger galaxies.

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  5. Thelazia gulosa
    Health & Medicine

    14 cattle eyeworms removed from Oregon woman’s eye

    Oregon woman has the first ever eye infection with the cattle eyeworm Thelazia gulosa.

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  6. Enceladus
    Astronomy

    Here’s what space toilets can teach us about finding signs of alien life

    Lessons learned from flushing space toilets can help researchers plan life-hunting missions to icy moons.

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  7. Sun halos
    Physics

    Scientists create the most cubic form of ice crystals yet

    Ice has taken on a strange structure, with its water molecules arranged in nearly perfect cubes.

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  8. sea scorpion illustration
    Paleontology

    Sea scorpions slashed victims with swordlike tails

    Ancient sea scorpion used a flexible, swordlike tail to hack at prey and defend against predators.

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  9. a backwards asteroid orbit
    Astronomy

    Asteroid in Jupiter’s orbit goes its own way

    Asteroid shares Jupiter’s orbit around the sun but travels in the opposite direction as the planet.

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  10. Venus' wave
    Planetary Science

    Weird wave found in Venus’ wind-whipped atmosphere

    A 10,000-kilometer-long gravity wave arched across the upper atmosphere of Venus. The feature may have been the largest of its kind in the solar system.

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  11. acorn worm larvae
    Animals

    These acorn worms have a head for swimming

    The larvae of one type of acorn worm are basically “swimming heads,” according to new genetic analyses.

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  12. Lava tube
    Planetary Science

    Moon’s lava tubes could be colossal

    Lava tubes inside the moon could remain structurally sound up to 5 kilometers across and offer prime real estate for lunar colonists.

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