Surprising huge diversity in aging revealed in nature

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Not all species weaken and become more likely to die as they age.

Most people would probably describe aging as when we our in our youth we are strong and healthy and then we weaken and die. But, in nature, the phenomenon of aging shows an unexpected diversity of patterns and is altogether rather strange, conclude researchers from The University of Southern Denmark.

 

 

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‘Doomsday vault’ keeps over 800,000 plant species on ice

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Svalbard Global Seed Vault

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, or “doomsday vault,” on a remote Norwegian island in the Arctic Circle took its first deposits in March 2008. The vault’s builders had spent some $7 million and 12 months blasting a tunnel and three chambers into the mountainside’s hard permafrost. To be stored within? Treasure.

 

 

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Assassin bug carries victims on its back to fend off enemies

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Assassin bug

The assassin bug is less than a centimeter in length and that is something for which, quite possibly, we can be truly grateful! The bug is found in Malaysia and has a trick up its sleeve once it has finished its dinner. It attaches the empty carcases of its victims on its back – a ploy thought to be an attempt to avoid becoming a victim itself. (Photos)

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‘King of Wasps’ – giant new species of wasp discovered in Indonesia

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Two-and-a-half inch monster has jaws longer than its legs.

A new species of wasp discovered on the Indonesian island Sulawesi is two-and-a-half inches long, and has jaws so vast that its discoverer admits, ‘I don’t know how it can walk.’ (Pics)

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90% of plant and animal species on Earth not yet discovered

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There are approximately 8.7 million different types of plant and animal on Earth.

About 90% of the plant and animal species on Earth have yet to be discovered or classified according to scientists.  Earth is estimated to be home to just under 9 million species, a study says.

 

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‘Laughing’ cicadas among 75 new species discovered

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Experts say a new species of ‘laughing’ cicada abounds in the mountains of Batangas.

Laughing cicadas and small “cat sharks” are among scores of species believed new to science discovered by US and Filipino researchers in waters and islands of the Philippines, the team said Wednesday.

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Study: Women Have Called the Shots at Home for Millions of Years

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‘Alpha cavewomen’ roamed the plains while slothful menfolk stayed at home, according to a study.

It’s finally been confirmed what every woman from Raquel Welch to Wilma Flintstone has always suspected.  The female of the species was very much the boss even back in prehistoric times.

 

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