Wing imprints reveal dino-era praying mantis

Researchers have identified a new species of praying mantis after discovering imprints of its fossilized wings in present-day Quebec.

Katherine Gombay-McGill • futurity
yesterday ~6 min

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Bird ‘Fitbit’ and muscle samples indicate fit fliers

New research on the muscles of black-legged kittiwakes suggests some of the birds are simply better athletes than others.

Katherine Gombay-McGill • futurity
yesterday ~5 min

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Despite huge size, super light planet is ‘one of the puffiest’

The exoplanet WASP-107b is around the size of Jupiter, but has a mass 10 times smaller, researchers find. That upends ideas about gas giant planets.

Shirley Cardenas-McGill • futurity
yesterday ~6 min

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Your wandering mind is a ‘feature,’ not a bug

Researchers have a way to show whether our minds are focused, fixated, or wandering. They've found that a wandering mind might actually be helpful, too.

Yasmin Anwar-UC Berkeley • futurity
yesterday ~7 min

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One termite lineage took over by switching diets

"Termites are mostly misunderstood," says entomologist Thomas Chouvenc. Tracing their evolution shows they do more than eat wood and destroy homes.

Lourdes Rodriguez-U. Florida • futurity
Jan. 15, 2021 ~7 min

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Genes highlight differences in wild and tame rabbits

New research sheds light on the gene differences in wild and domesticated rabbits, including genes related to tolerating humans.

Texas A&M University • futurity
Jan. 15, 2021 ~5 min

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Dire wolves weren’t closely related to today’s wolves

Dire wolves, the extinct species made famous in "Game of Thrones," were so different from grey wolves they couldn't breed with them, DNA sequencing shows.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
Jan. 14, 2021 ~5 min

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Dire wolves were a distant relative of wolves today

Dire wolves, the extinct species made famous in "Game of Thrones," were so different from grey wolves they couldn't breed with them, DNA sequencing shows.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
Jan. 14, 2021 ~5 min

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Most distant quasar’s black hole has the mass of 1.6B suns

The newly found quasar, the most distant ever discovered, hosts a supermassive black hole equivalent to the combined mass of 1.6 billion suns.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
Jan. 14, 2021 ~13 min

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Film can grab your sweat to power your watch

A new film can not only evaporate sweat but also use that moisture to power wearable electronic devices such as watches, fitness trackers, and more.

National University of Singapore • futurity
Jan. 14, 2021 ~5 min

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