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  1. Sixth Grade Girl’s Viral Science Fair Project May Have Plagiarized Previous Research

    I knew that baking soda volcano was too good to be true!

    Today in "tricky but nonetheless important news," the media might have been a little hasty in lauding the discoveries of sixth-grader Lauren Arrington. The 12-year-old's science fair project went viral for its discovery that invasive lionfish are capable of traveling into estuaries, but an adult biologist is reluctantly coming forward to say that information isn't new--in fact, he discovered it himself four years ago.

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  2. Are You Alone In the Universe? This Animated Short Doesn’t Think So [VIDEO]

    Consider the Following

    Munich design collective KurzGesagt has a lot of super-deep questions they'd like to ask you about life, the universe, and everything. But don't panic: they also have a lot of answers for you, as evidenced by this gorgeously rendered animated short about the biology, chemistry, astronomy, and philosophy that directly go into making you the complex life form you are. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  3. The Brain Scoop Is Here To Teach Us About The Biological Side Of Breastfeeding [Video]

    A Series of Fallopian Tubes

    Given that it's Mother's Day in the US, what could be more appropriate than a scientific discussion about breastfeeding? Granted, as the video notes, not all mothers breastfeed, and that's okay. But if you're interested in the biological history of human child-rearing, host Emily Graslie and her guest Dr. Robert Martin have got the intellectual nourishment you need.

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  4. How Your Body Fights Viruses: An Animation [Video]

    Don't be so antigenistic, viruses! Eh? Ehhhhhh?

    Okay, wait. Your body doesn't fight viruses with an animation. Otherwise Osmosis Jones would be required viewing for all biology classes, and nobody wants that. But as this TED-Ed video explains using easy-to-understand visual metaphors, the way your cells create antibodies to fight off invading viruses is pretty ingenious.

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  5. Biologists Discover The Giantest Of All Giant Squirrels

    I can see the Syfy Original Movie already.

    Forget Megashark vs. Giant Octopus - we've got something even more terrifying to occupy your nightmares, and this one really exists. A team of biologists, apparently determined to make the world uncomfortable, has found a new species of flying squirrel which is the biggest squirrel species ever - and this sucker is big.

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  6. Poo-Sniffing-Dog Helps Biologists Monitor Animal Populations

    We can't imagine how psyched he was to land this gig.

    Tucker is a poo-sniffing-canine-biology-detective, which sounds like the title of a new Nickelodeon TV Series -- although they'd probably drop "poo sniffing" from the title (I mean, he's a dog. We get it). In real life, though, Tucker really does sniff out the poo of other animals for science instead of standard dog reasons.

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  7. Just When You Thought it Was Safe: Disembodied Snake Heads Can Function, Bite Themselves

    Your nightmare fuel for the day!

    Not too long ago we learned that turtles can live happy healthy lives with two heads, and now we know that a snake's head will bite its body right before dying. If you didn't think snakes could be more horrifying, check out this video and get ready to be proven wrong. I highly suggest listening to "Snake Eater" while watching.

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  8. Apes Apparently Use The Breaststroke While Swimming Just Like We Do

    Motion capture for the new Donkey Kong Country game?

    On TV and in movies, you can see various types of primates doing all kinds of athletic things like climbing trees, swinging from vines, even playing hockey. But swimming? That's pretty rare, but it happens.. Allow Cooper the chimpanzee and Suryia the orangutan to demonstrate their swimming technique for you.

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  9. Open Worm Wants You to Help Build an Electronic Model of a Living Creature

    There are plenty of things about the world of biology that remain a mystery to us, but if you're looking for a creature that researchers understand very well, you could do worse than Caenorhabditis elegans. A microscopic worm that is one of the simplest lifeforms on the planet, C. elegans is also one of the most thoroughly studied. While researchers have a ton of data, a team of scientists is spearheading a project they hope can offer an unprecedented look into the inner workings of this little worm -- they want to build a full, working, digital model of the creature they can run research simulations on, and they want your help to do it. 

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  10. Barnacles Throw Sperm At One Another To Reproduce

    Since they spend their entire lives glued to one spot -- be it a rocky shore or the hull of your uncle's fishing boat -- barnacles have had to develop breeding techniques that let them get a little action without leaving the comfort of home. Those techniques, from the hermaphroditism that is common in most barnacle species to the enormous penises -- as long as four times the length of their own body -- boasted by the creatures have long fascinated researchers studying sex in the animal kingdom. One species of barnacle, though, has just been found to demonstrate a never-before-seen sexual behavior that will have biology students giggling into their textbooks for years to come. The practice, in which barnacles produce sperm and simply fling it into the water hoping for the best, is known as spermcasting, and if it's found to be widespread in other species, it could rewrite the book on barnacle sex.

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