10 new birds discovered in ‘lost world’
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10 new birds discovered in ‘lost world’

Brilliantly colored, noisy, and active during the day, many birds are easy to spot—and identify. In the past two decades, an average of fewer than six new bird species have been described every year in the entire world. But 2020 will be different, as scientists have just announced 10 previously undescribed species and subspecies from…

Newly discovered microbes band together, ‘flip out’
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Newly discovered microbes band together, ‘flip out’

Researchers collect water samples containing choanoflagellates from a splash pool, filled by ocean spray, on the island of Curaçao. Credit: Nicole King/UC Berkeley/HHMI When researchers in Nicole King’s lab looked through a microscope at the strange organisms they had collected in Curaçao, they saw sheets of cells clustered together in a pattern that resembled skin.…

The newly discovered architecture of a copper-nitrenoid complex could revolutionize chemical synthesis
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The newly discovered architecture of a copper-nitrenoid complex could revolutionize chemical synthesis

Betley and his team of collaborators have characterized the architecture of a copper-nitrenoid complex, a catalyst hunted for over a half century. Credit: Harvard University To make soap, just insert an oxygen atom into a carbon-hydrogen bond. The recipe may sound simple. But carbon-hydrogen bonds, like gum stuck in hair, are difficult to pull apart.…

Newly Discovered Japanese Duck-Billed Dinosaur Was a Cretaceous Beach Bum
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Newly Discovered Japanese Duck-Billed Dinosaur Was a Cretaceous Beach Bum

Artist’s depiction of Kamuysaurus japonicus.Illustration: Y. Kobayashi et al., 2019/Scientific ReportsIntroducing Kamuysaurus japonicus—an entirely new genus and species of hadrosaur from Japan. The location of its fossilized remains suggests these majestic herbivores browsed ancient shorelines, expanding our knowledge of this wildly successful group of dinosaurs.New research published today in Scientific Reports describes Kamuysaurus japonicus, a…