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Monster Machines: This Dunkable Drone Will Suck Up Whale Snot For Science

Collecting biological samples from a whale is about as difficult as it sounds. The animals are easily stressed by the rumblings of large research vessels or manned helicopters and quick to run. Instead, a team of researchers has developed a novel quadcopter solution that collects a different sort of secretion than blood: expelled mucus.


The Plan To Turn California's Ageing Oil Rigs Into Skyscraper-Sized Reefs

Off the coast of Southern California, there’s an underwater city. A thicket of almost 30 enormous steel oil rigs, each as large as a skyscraper, bolted to the floor of the ocean. Most of them are elderly, ageing giants — and soon, the state will need to make a decision about whether to rip them up or let them stand. Either option comes with huge risks.


Fisherman Catches Monstrous Giant Prawn In Florida

A fisherman caught this monstrous 18-inch-long creature while fishing from a dock in Fort Pierce, Florida. Scientists say it could be a rare kind of prawn killer but further analysis needs to be conducted in order to determinate what the hell is this mutant monster is.


The US Navy Built Its Own Indoor Ocean To Test Ships

The world’s seven seas may be wildly unpredictable, but if you ever find yourself itching to play Poseidon, you might want to consider enlisting. Because at the Naval Surface Warfare Center just outside Washington DC, the US Navy gets to control every inch of its very own indoor ocean.


These Fish Look Like They're Casting Spells

When you think about mechanisms animals use to avoid becoming dinner, clever adaptations like poisons or pointy spikes come to mind. But the Ostracod, a type of zooplankton, uses something a little more magical.


A 'Dumpcano' Of Rubbish Erupted In The Arctic And Won't Stop Burning

It began rather quietly as a underground fire at a dump in Canada’s remote northern reaches. Then in May, the fire “erupted”, spewing forth flames and toxic fumes over the city of Iqaluit. Faced with a football field-sized smouldering dump fire, this week the city council finally scrounged up the $US2.2 million to put it out. How the hell does a dump fire spontaneously ignite — and why is it so expensive to put out?


Rare View Of The Ocean Glowing Blue Against The Milky Way

Today’s Earth Picture of the Day is extraordinarily beautiful and rare: Fine art and landscape photographer Fefo Boouvier captured a large population of bio-luminescent noctiluca glowing against the Milky Way in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of the little town of Barra de Valizas, Uruguay.


After 150 Years, Scientists Finally Know How Barnacle Glue Works

Over a century and a half ago, Charles Darwin first described the remarkable adhesive capabilities of barnacles. He couldn’t figure out how their natural superglue worked though. And it took until now to finally unlock the barnacle glue’s mysteries.


The World's Most Terrifying Pool Can Simulate Any Wave

Definitely not coming to water park near you is a FloWave, a state-of-the-art wave pool that whips water around, simulating waves as 27m tall buildings and currents at 6m per second. FloWave is a real ocean simulator, you see, and its job is to prepare our infrastructure for the violent battering of the seas.


Massive School Of Anchovies Looks Like A Hungry Giant Alien Oil Blob

This big black blob that recently appeared off the San Diego coast looks like the fallout from an oil spill, or an undersea plague coming to haunt humans and probably steal their souls. In reality, it’s a massive school of anchovies — harmless enough that people are actually snorkelling through the dark mass of fish.


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