When Injured, the Moon Jellyfish Doesn’t Repair. It Recycles!

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Moon jellyfish possess a unique mechanism for self-repair. (Photo credit: Byba Sepit/Moment/Getty Images)

The moon jellyfish is a tough creature to figure out. For one, while experts argue that the species consists of numerous subspecies, it is nearly impossible to distinguish one from another without DNA testing, which leads other scientists to propose the distinction is meaningless. [Read more…]

At Chernobyl, Birds Adapting to Radiation

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The effects of the Chernobyl nuclear accident on the region’s human population is well-documented. But what about the flora and fauna left behind? (Photo credit: Alex Skelly/Flickr/Getty Images)

April 26 marked the 28th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. On this date, a sudden power surge during a reactor systems test at the Chernobyl nuclear power station in Ukraine destroyed Unit 4. The accident and ensuing fire released huge amounts of radiation into the environment. [Read more…]

Songbird Survival in Winter

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Songbirds use a number of techniques to survive during the winter. (Photo credit: Jaki Good Miller/Getty Images)

When it’s extremely cold outside, you might bundle up in multiple layers, put on gloves and a hat, and wrap a scarf around your neck. But what do songbirds do to survive cold winter temperatures?

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