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China broadcast live images of its new manned submersible parked at the bottom of the Mariana Trench on Friday, as part of a historic mission in the planet’s deepest undersea valley. Descending more than 10,000 meters in the underwater trench in the western Pacific Ocean with three researchers on board.
Plants evolve to be invisible to humans
A plant used in traditional Chinese medicine has evolved to become less visible to humans. Scientists found that Fritillaria delavayi plants, which live on the rocky slopes of China’s Hengduan Mountains, more closely resemble their background in areas where they are heavily harvested. Suggesting that humans are driving the evolution of this species towards new forms of color because better camouflaged plants have a higher chance of survival.
Microplastics even on Everest
Researchers analyzing snow and stream samples from the National Geographic and Rolex Perpetual Planet Everest Expedition found evidence of microplastic contamination on Mount Everest. The highest concentrations of microplastics were found around Base Camp, where hikers spend most of their time, they also found microplastics at an elevation of 8,440 meters above sea level, just below the summit.
World’s last white giraffe is tracked by GPS for your safety
The only known white giraffe in the world has been equipped with a GPS tracking device to help protect it from poachers while it grazes in Kenya. The white giraffe is a male and has no name, now it is alone after a female and her calf were killed by poachers in March.
Seabirds caught by fishermen are in danger of extinction
Albatrosses and petrels are the most threatened group of birds in the world. A new study reveals the impact that fishing primarily “longline fishing” is having on these endangered birds. The fishing industry has long been known to pose a threat to marine life, as mammals, sea turtles, and seabirds have been documented as victims of bycatch. A new study by an international team of researchers has documented some of the horrific injuries albatrosses and petrels are sustaining at the hands of the industry.
Nutrient-rich water fuels the growth of disease-transmitting mosquitoes
When mosquito eggs hatch in nutrient-rich water, they are larger and can also fly further. That is the first conclusion of a study by the Dutch Center for Health. There are not enough natural predators in the nutrient-rich water. And mosquitoes also grow faster when the water is heated.
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