Our planet

A mosquito cannot smell equally good all day long. This appears from a new investigation. His sense of smell increases towards the evening and at night the mosquito smells us humans best. Researchers at Notre Dame University have discovered this. They focused on proteins that bind to fragrances (also known as OBPs).

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Scientists have discovered that bats are able to turn their ears in many directions. The researchers made the bats hear ultrasonic sounds. While the bats listened to this, they were filmed using blazing-fast cameras. The scientists analyzed the images and discovered that the ears of bats resemble radar dishes that can also rotate in many directions to pick up signals.

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The second largest glacier in Greenland now has to do without a huge block of ice. That has just been aborted. The ice block is at least 120 square kilometers in size. The ice block comes from the Petermann glacier. It is one of the largest glaciers in Greenland. And that large glacier has just become a lot smaller.

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A VVD member of parliament is today calling for the KNMI to be abolished. The reason? The KNMI is biased when it comes to climate change. According to MP René Leegte, the majority of scientists at KNMI are honest. But certainly not around twenty percent, writes HP / De Tijd. Integrity What is particularly annoying about Leegte is that the less honest scientists advise reducing CO2 emissions.

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They are the first genetically modified reptiles in the world. In the study, researchers set to work with the Anolis sagrei, a species of lizard that is also known as the brown anolis. And with the help of CRISPR / Cas9, four albino lizards were born. Fertilization The researchers injected CRISPR proteins into several immature eggs (oocytes) that were still in the ovaries of the lizards.

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Orangutans can act. That is the remarkable conclusion that scientists draw after they have recorded the acting talent of the monkeys on video images. The monkeys 'pretend' to make their intentions and wishes clear. The idea that only people are capable of acting is therefore a thing of the past.

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This year, the Netherlands is in 36th place in the environmental ranking list, compiled by two American universities. The most environmentally friendly country is Finland with a score of 90 points. Scientists from Yale and Columbia University look at two categories: the impact of environmental policy on health and the vitality of the ecosystem.

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Scientists have discovered very small Bengal tigers in the mangrove forests of Bangladesh. The animals weigh around half of 'normal' Bengal tigers. For the females that means a weight of 76.7 instead of 135.2 kilos. Researchers think that the food of the tigers - little deer - has something to do with it.

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German researchers have discovered a very remarkable species of roundworm on the island in the Indian Ocean. The new species has been named Pristionchus borbonicus. The researchers discovered the roundworm in wild figs. To travel from one fig flower to another, the little worms hitch a ride on the body of fig wasps.

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At the beginning of this year, the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull caused not only worldwide confusion in air traffic, but also a lot of photo material. A photo by the Icelandic photographer Ragnar Sigurdsson proves this: he took a snapshot of a mega rock spit out by the Eyjafjallajökull and weighs no less than one million kilograms.

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Research shows that it is not the monkey but the dog that can better understand pointing gestures of us humans. Chimpanzees can follow people's gaze but fail to understand communicative gestures such as sages. However, dogs can do this, researchers write in the PLoS ONE magazine.

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Including this specimen with hairy front legs that many arachnophobic would get nightmares. All spiders have been discovered on the Cape York peninsula (Queensland). Spiders live in the area that are just as big as a breakfast plate. But also copies that easily fit on a thumbnail. New species And apparently there are also many species on the peninsula that are still completely unknown to science.

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Scientists have investigated the amount of particulate matter in the Chilean capital Santiago. This shows that the situation is worse than eight years ago. The PM2.5 particles are dangerous to public health because they are small enough to be absorbed by the lungs and thus cause health problems.

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American scientists have named a recently discovered coral fish named after President Obama. From now on the fish bears the name Tosanoides obama. This presidential fish was found this summer in the waters around the northwestern Hawaiian islands. President George W. Bush declared Papahānaumokuākea - a vast area of ​​islands and atolls - a Marine National Monument in 2006, protecting the area.

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Scientists have discovered that Goffin's cockatoo - a species of cockatoos that has never been associated with tools - is capable of manufacturing tools and then using them very efficiently. Researchers from Oxford University write this in the journal Current Biology.

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The spider is said to have been 43 (!) Years old. The spider in question belonged to the trap door spiders and lived in the Australian outback. "As far as we know, this is the oldest spider ever described," says researcher Leanda Mason. Research The researchers discovered the spider decades ago.

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Scientists have discovered that an already dry part of the Middle East has lost 144 cubic kilometers of water in just seven years. That is roughly comparable to the amount of water in the Dead Sea. The researchers studied the area along the Tigris and Euphrates: from Turkey, to Syria, Iran and Iraq (see above).

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For a long time, researchers thought that the enormous reptiles were cold-blooded, but a new study is ruthlessly undermining the most important evidence for that. Many fossil remains of dinosaurs have been found. And those remains can also tell us a lot. For example, how such a dinosaur was built.

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