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New Glue-Spitting Velvet Worm Found in Vietnam

The ancient animals, which spit an immobilizing material onto prey, hadn't been spotted before because they spend most of their lives hidden in soil to keep their permeable skin moist

August 22, 2013 — Douglas Main and LiveScience
How Eerie Sea Ice 'Brinicles' Form

How Eerie Sea Ice 'Brinicles' Form

Brine-rich compartments within sea ice have properties that could have helped life originate

April 26, 2013 — Douglas Main and LiveScience

How Eerie Sea-Ice "Brinicles" Form

When salt-rich water leaks out of sea ice, it sinks into the sea and can occasionally create an eerie finger of ice called a brinicle. New research explains how these strange fingers of ice form and how the salty water within sea ice could have been a prime environment in which life may have evolved

April 26, 2013 — Douglas Main, LiveScience and OurAmazingPlanet

How to Count Komodo Dragons

Camera traps worked about as well as physical traps at detecting the presence of Komodo dragons―and, in certain areas, did even better, an analysis reveals. The finding is significant because Komodo populations are threatened by human activities

April 1, 2013 — Douglas Main and OurAmazingPlanet

Once-Extinct Toads Reintroduced to Wild

Waterfall-loving Kihansi spray toads had been declared extinct in the wild. Some of the frogs conserved at New York's Bronx Zoo were later bred in Tanzania and are now living in the wild near an artificial system of sprinklers

December 13, 2012 — Douglas Main and OurAmazingPlanet

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