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Bizarre, two-legged fish found in New Zealand

A bizarre creature that appears to be a fish with legs has been found in New Zealand.


Credit: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa/Facebook

The fish, a black, spiny-skinned animal, has two fins on either side of its body. However, rather than being attached close to the abdomen, the fins are turned down and stretched out, looking like two feet that could propel the fish along the sea bed.


Arctic Sea Ice Reaches 2015 Minimum Extent, Fourth Lowest on Record

The analysis by NASA and the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado at Boulder showed the annual minimum extent was 1.70 million square miles (4.41 million square kilometers) on Sept. 11. This year’s minimum is 699,000 square miles (1.81 million square kilometers) lower than the 1981-2010 average.

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Image: The 2015 Arctic sea ice summertime minimum is...

Earth's trees number 'three trillion' - BBC News

There are just over three trillion trees on Earth, according to a new assessment.

The figure is eight times as big as the previous best estimate, which counted perhaps 400 billion at most.It has been produced by Thomas Crowther from Yale University, and colleagues, who combined a mass of ground survey data with satellite pictures.

Robotic killer being trialled to rid Great Barrier Reef of crown-of-thorns starfish

An autonomous robot that can administer a lethal injection is set to be the latest weapon in the fight against the invasive crown-of-thorns starfish on the Great Barrier Reef. The starfish preys on coral and is responsible for destroying up to 40% of the reef.

Solar Cell Absorbs High-Energy Light at 30-fold Higher Concentration than Conventional Cells

Bathing the Earth with enough energy in one hour to meet human needs for an entire year, the sun represents the ultimate source of clean, green sustainable energy. That being said, a team of scientists have created solar cells that collect higher energy photons at 30 times the concentration of conventional solar cells, the highest luminescent concentration factor ever recorded.

This giant floating solar farm concept in Barcelona could produce almost 10 tonnes of food each year

The world population is predicted to grow from 6.9 billion in 2010 to 8.3 billion in 2030 and to 9.1 billion in 2050. By 2030, food demand is predicted to increase by 50% (70% by 2050). The main challenge facing the agricultural sector is not so much growing 70% more food in 40 years, but making 70% more food available on the plate.

Gigantic Sinkhole Opens Up in Manchester

Another giant sinkhole, 3 meters (10 feet) deep and 1.5 meters (5 feet) wide has appeared in Manchester, just weeks after another crater opened in the middle of a road.

Workmen from the council are here working out what to do — Alex Hibbert-MEN (@alexghibbert)

Three Category 4 hurricanes have just hit the Pacific Ocean at the same time - ScienceAlert

For the first time in recorded history, three Category 4 hurricanes have appeared in the Pacific Ocean at the same time, and they’re inching ever-closer to the Big Island of Hawaii. The never-before-seen meteorological event involves the hurricanes Kilo, Ignacio, and Jimena, the latter of which has sustained winds of up to 225 km/h. 

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