Archive for December 8th, 2017:

Researchers find ‘oldest ever eye’ in fossil

Image copyright Gennadi Baranov Image caption Side view of the fossil’s right eye An “exceptional” 530-million-year-old fossil contains what could be the oldest eye ever discovered, according to scientists. The remains of the extinct sea creature include an early form of the eye seen in many of today’s animals, including crabs, bees and dragonflies. Scientists

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US firm picks UK for weather satellites

Media captionWilliam Hosack: “We benefit from the miniaturisation that’s come out of the cell phone industry” A miniaturised instrument to monitor the weather will be the first payload to fly on one of the UK’s new publicly funded demonstration satellites. US-based Orbital Micro Systems will launch their microwave radiometer aboard the 30cm-long spacecraft next year

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Narwhal escape: Whales freeze and flee when frightened

Image copyright M P Heide Jorgensen Image caption These unicorns of the sea may face more human disturbance as sea ice declines in The Arctic Scientists who fitted heart rate-monitoring tags to Arctic narwhals have discovered a strange paradox in how the animals respond to threats. When these tusked whales are frightened, their hearts slow,

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