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Apennine chamois: six baby chamois born

At the beginning of May, 6 baby Apennine chamois were born. The Apennine chamois (Rupicapra pyrenaica ornata) – a species of ungulates which until recently inhabited all the Central Apennines, from Marche to Calabria – risked extinction on several occasions…

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Mediterranean: corals in danger

The corals of the Mediterranean are in danger. Saying so is the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), according to which, 13% of the corals in the sea that washes our coasts are threatened with extinction. Anthozoans in…

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Climate sticks its nose in

Upturned, potato-shaped, hooked, small, big... How many of us have at least once in their lifetime received comments on the shape of their nose? Well, now, thanks to a study published in Plos Genetics by a group of researchers from…

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An innate love for superheroes

Children recognise correct behaviour even before they learn to speak. Demonstrating this is a Japanese study which thus helps us to scientifically explain why from a very early age we all have a passion for superheroes. In particular, scientists at…

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Biodiversity: psychedelic shrimp discovered

It was discovered in Panama and will bear the name of one of the greatest bands of all time – Pink Floyd – because of its psychedelic pink colour. It is the new species of shrimp described by the journal…

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Spider silk is stronger than steel

Strong, flexible and thin. These are the characteristics of the silk produced by spiders that have attracted the attention of applied science. But that's not all: these particular strands of animal origin, in fact, tend not to cause allergies and…

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Artificial light, what effects on health?

Our nights, increasingly illuminated, could have repercussions on our health and on that of our children. Putting forward this hypothesis is research conducted on hamsters by Ohio State University. According to this study, in fact, baby hamsters are born with…

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The origin of gills

Gills are much older than we believed until now. So says a Cambridge University research, published in Current Biology and based on embryological studies. Thanks to a new technique that allows embryonic cell walls to be marked with fluorescent substances,…

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New species of gecko discovered

We often used to hearing speak of species that have become extinct but, on the contrary, this time the news is the discovery of a new species. It is a gecko, never observed before, that a group of scientists has…

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