Archive for December 19th, 2016:

New spider species resembles Harry Potter ‘Sorting Hat’

Image copyright Javed Ahmed/Getty Images Image caption Goodbye Aragog, hello Eriovixia Gryffindori A spider bearing an “uncanny” resemblance to the sorting hat in the Harry Potter series has been discovered by scientists in India. The Eriovixia gryffindori, measuring just 7mm in length, closely resembles the magical artefact in the series. The spider takes its name

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New marine life found in deep sea vents

Image copyright University of Southampton Image caption Teeming with life: the new species include the light brown crab in the middle of the photo Six new animal species have been identified at deep-sea vents beneath the Indian Ocean. The remote area is home to life not seen elsewhere in the world’s oceans, yet has been

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Prehistoric porridge? First pots for plant cooking found

Image copyright Sapienza, University of Rome Image caption Seeds found during the excavations Prehistoric people may have cooked wild grains and plants in pots as early as 10,000 years ago, according to new evidence. Scientists say the food was “a kind of porridge”, acting as the staple diet when there was no meat from hunting.

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