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Researchers have discovered that Atlantic killifish are now 8000 times more resilient to high levels of toxic waste than other fish, allowing them to survive extreme levels of pollution that would normally be deadly. It sounds like an evolutionary success story, but examples like this are exceptionally rare in the animal kingdom.
Over the summer in Tibet, two enormous avalanches struck the Aru Glacier back-to-back. Now, after several months of careful study, scientists think they have identified the cause of the first ice slide, which claimed the lives of nine nomadic herders. You'll be shocked to hear it has to do with climate change.
Buzz Aldrin, 86, was medically evacuated from a tourist trip to Antarctica after he began suffering from altitude sickness and shortness of breath. No one panic. After a week-long stay in a New Zealand hospital, the second man to walk on the moon is doing just fine.
Video: Leave it to the Harlem Globetrotters to come up with new ways to nail trick shots. Though it's not the tallest basketball shot ever made (that award goes to this 180m shot off a dam), the Harlem Globetrotters version might be even more unique because there's this weird, almost reverse arc to the shot. Instead of shooting the basketball up like you normally would (to make the shot follow a parabolic trail), the Globetrotter shoots it downwards. By doing this, the basketball first flies down and then suddenly cuts horizontal, making an almost L-shape toward the bucket. It's pretty awesome.
With his passing earlier today, John Glenn is being remembered as not only the first American to orbit the Earth, but also the oldest. Here's why NASA sent a 77-year-old man into space, and how his historic trip set space science forward.
As far as jobs enshrined at the top of America's impenetrable bureaucracy go, the head of the US Food and Drug Administration is pretty important. The chief of the FDA is responsible for setting the course of an organisation that oversees the safety and efficacy of a huge array of products that Americans use everyday, from makeup and mobile phones to food and drugs. In total, each year it oversees more than $US1 trillion ($1.3 trillion) in consumer goods.
Consider this a love letter to my favourite people I've (mostly) never met in real life: Australian Scientists. They are, without a doubt, straight-up badasses. Weathering job cuts and funding reductions, the amount of incredible discoveries made this year is astounding.
From koala tracking drones, to quantum computing breakthroughs and robots saving the Great Barrier Reef, here are just a handful of my favourites
It feels like just last week the majestic giraffe finally had its moment in the spotlight. Wait, that was last week. At long last, the world's tallest land mammals are getting the respect they deserve. Except, because everything we humans love we somehow destroy, giraffes are now dying.
Last week, the Cassini spacecraft began a series of dramatic, "ring-grazing orbits" that will see it fly high over Saturn's poles before diving perilously close to the gas giant's rings. Now, NASA has received back the first images from this exciting chapter in Cassini's last year of life — and they do not disappoint.