I Love Freaking Science – A Vertical Forest & The Saddest Whale in The World!
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Arctic fox numbers on a small island in the Bering Sea are crashing – and mercury poisoning may be to blame. The isolated nature of the island means that their entire diet consists of marine organisms. The numbers decline on the previously populated island was thought to be from introduced diseases, but a study has found high mercury levels in the foxes.
Titin is the largest known naturally occurring protein and is composed of 34,350 amino acids. It is also known as connectin and is abundant in striated muscle. Though it is 189,819 letters long, its status as the longest word in the English language is debatable, given that it is a technical word not found in the dictionary.
These findings have the potential to drastically reduce virus transmission without the use of pesticides or harming the mosquitoes themselves – unfortunately, as much as most people hate them the males are actually important pollinators (only the females bite animals)
A dolphin with a severe spinal deformity was adopted by a group of sperm whales. Friendly interactions between whales and dolphins had not been observed prior to this discovery in 2011. Researchers speculate that the dolphin was separated its original group either by an inability to keep up or it may have been ostracized. Dolphins are social creatures, so it makes sense why one who is alone would seek out a new slower-moving group. It is unclear what the whales gained from the relationship, though many of the whales did return affectionate rubs from the dolphin.
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