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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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The Arctic Ocean Was Once Filled With Fresh Water, New Research Suggests

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Stunning new evidence suggests the Arctic Ocean was covered by a thick layer of ice and filled with fresh water on at least two occasions during the past 150,000 years. The observation could finally explain strange and dramatic climate anomalies associated with these glacial periods.

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/the-arctic-ocean-was-once-filled-with-fresh-water-new-1846188557
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HP’s first Intel 11th-gen laptops use recycled ocean-bound plastics

073fb9a0-fcad-11ea-97d4-47c4837d0715HP has unveiled its latest 13-, 14- and 15-inch Pavilion laptops that are its first to use 11th-generation Intel Core processors and Iris XE graphics that should deliver a huge GPU boost over last-gen Intel chips. They’re also among the company’s fir…

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Microsoft’s underwater data centers prove reliable and practical

When Microsoft first announced it would place data centers underwater, it seemed like a bizarre idea. Microsoft is giving an update on its underwater Northern Isles datacenter placed inside a watertight shipping-container-size enclosure and has spent its time under 117 feet of water since being deployed in the spring of 2018. Over the last two years, Microsoft’s team has tested … Continue reading

Source: https://www.slashgear.com/microsofts-underwater-data-centers-prove-reliable-and-practical-15638043/
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