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Marine biologists identify new species of ‘Dumbo’ octopus that lives 7,000m below sea level (PHOTOS)

When searching for hitherto unidentified animals in the darkest depths of the oceans, researchers expect to find grisly, alien-like species but, recently, they encountered an altogether cuter new creature: a Dumbo octopus.

Using almost entirely non-invasive scanning techniques instead of the standard highly invasive and sometimes fatal lab tests and dissections, researchers from the University of Bonn successfully identified the never-before-seen Grimpoteuthis imperator, or Dumbo octopus. 

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© Christina Sagorny et al, BMC Biology, 2021


The G. imperator, a new subspecies of an already rare breed of octopus, was discovered in the northern part of the Emperor Seamounts, an underwater mountain ridge in the northwest Pacific Ocean. They live at depths of 7,000 meters (22,966 feet). The researchers suggested the common name for the critter: Emperor Dumbo in English, Dumbo Impérial in French, and Kaiserdumbo in German.

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© Christina Sagorny et al, BMC Biology, 2021


Rather than dissecting Dumbo, the marine biologists instead used high-field magnetic resonance imaging and micro-computed tomography scans to ascertain its origin before carrying out minimally invasive gene analysis on tissue samples to verify it was indeed a new species.

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© Christina Sagorny et al, BMC Biology, 2021


Measurements and digital photo comparisons with other types of Dumbo octopus – so called because of its two head fins, which resemble the large elephant ears sported by the lovable Disney character – were undertaken to settle the matter.

The researchers were also surprised to encounter a systemic heart in the new deepwater Dumbo, which had hitherto never been described in octopus species before.

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This Newly-Detected “Unicorn” Black Hole Is Super Close to Earth

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Scientists have discovered yet another black hole in our universe, but this one is just 1,500 light-years away from Earth, nicknamed “the Unicorn” black hole. That makes it the closest known black hole to our solar system.

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Scientists Dive Into Axolotl Genome, Looking for Secrets to Regeneration

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Its adorableness aside, the Mexican axolotl is a salamander of particular interest to scientists. On the molecular level, the animal seems to have a cheat code for life: It can regenerate its limbs and vital organs, an ability researchers are desperate to better understand for medical applications.

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/geneticists-get-closer-to-a-complete-axolotl-genome-1846651148
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Some of Our Brain Cells Get More Active Hours After We Die, Study Finds

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Even after we die, some of our brain cells can experience one last and large momentary burst of life, new research out Tuesday suggests. The study found evidence that certain “zombie genes” in our brain cells are active more frequently soon after death, which causes some cells to immensely expand for hours. The…

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Meteorite Older Than the Sun Found in a U.K. Driveway

A photo of the rare meteorite that landed in a UK driveway.Natural History Museum

There are two ways to get your hands on a meteorite. You can send up a billion-dollar robot to retrieve asteroid samples, or you can wait for a friendly space rock land at your doorstep for free. The latter option happened on February 28th, when a rare meteorite from the early solar system landed in a driveway in Winchcombe, England.

Scientists call this kind of meteorite “carbonaceous chondrite.” It contains a lot of carbon, so it looks a lot like coal, but carbonaceous chondrite actually dates back to the beginnings of our solar system and could help us understand Earth and other planets came to be. If this is like other samples of carbonaceous chondrite, it should also contain bits of diamond, graphite, and soft clay—a sign that the rock encountered water at some point.

New footage of the #fireball tonight. Sent by Katie Parr pic.twitter.com/J4jmsM9tFj

— UK Meteor Network (@UKMeteorNetwork) February 28, 2021

Residents of Winchcombe, England, noticed a fireball reigning down before exploding in the sky the night of Sunday, February 28th. The next day, someone found the rock in their driveway, bagged it up, and contacted the U.K. Meteor Observation Network.

As noted by the Natural History Museum, the Winchcombe Meteorite is significantly larger than rocks collected by billion-dollar space probes. The Hayabusa2 probe returned to Earth last year with just 4.5 grams of asteroid rock, while the OSIRIS-REx probe is expected to return in 2023 with 60 grams of rock. But the Winchcombe Meteorite is 300 grams. Good things come to those who wait, I guess.

Source: Natural History Museum via Nerdist

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Tiny lab-grown thyroids hint at a new way to treat hypothyroidism

The thyroid, a small butterfly-shaped organ on the front of the throat, produces hormones that are vital for health — and, sadly, the same organ is prone to various issues ranging from autoimmune hypothyroidism to thyroid cancer. Various types of damage and diseases can cause thyroid hormone production to drop, a problem currently treated with synthetic hormones. Though many people … Continue reading

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Comets may have seeded Earth with life-supporting carbon

5e3aef70-8003-11eb-8e8b-9fba022eb3bbNASA’s airborne telescope has made another major discovery just months after it confirmed the presence of water on the Moon’s sunlit surfaces. SOFIA’s latest find relates to the essence left by an icy comet that zipped past Earth in 2016…

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Large psychedelic study finds microdosing benefits are mostly placebo

Psychedelic microdosing has proven popular, particularly in industries that require creativity and quick thinking. Microdosers report a variety of alleged benefits resulting from taking minuscule quantities of psychedelics like LSD, but the largest placebo-controlled study of its kind has found that these effects are ‘likely’ the result of the placebo effect. Psychedelic microdosing, which involves taking sub-perceptual doses of psychedelic … Continue reading

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Computer Simulations Suggest Martian Moons Were Separated at Birth More Than a Billion Years Ago

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The Red Planet’s two tiny moons—Phobos and Deimos—could have formed after an ancient collision, according to new research. It’s an intriguing possibility, but not everyone is convinced by the evidence.

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/computer-simulations-suggest-martian-moons-were-separat-1846348128
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