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Arctic rotifers still alive after 24,000 years in a frozen state

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Scientists conduct research in remote Arctic locations

Bdelloid rotifers are multicellular animals, so small a microscope is needed to see them. Despite their size, they're known for being tough -- capable of surviving drying, freezing, starvation and low oxygen.

Now, U.S. National Science Foundation-funded researchers have found that not only can they withstand being frozen, they can persist for at least 24,000 years in Siberian permafrost.

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What does the poet say?

Photo credit: American poet Walt Whitman. This image was made in 1887 in New York, by photographer George C. Cox.; by Wikipedia

Walt Whitman

...All truths wait in all things,
They neither hasten their own delivery nor resist it,
They do not need the obstetric forceps of the surgeon,
The insignificant is as big to me as any,
(What is less or more than a touch?)

Logic and sermons never convince,
The damp of the night drives deeper into my soul.
(Only what proves itself to every man and woman is so,
Only what nobody denies is so.)...
Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

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Pine Island Glacier's ice shelf is ripping apart, speeding up key Antarctic glacier thinning

Pine Island Glacier ends in an ice shelf that floats in the Amundsen Sea. Credit: Ian Joughin/University of Washington

From 2017 to 2020, large icebergs at the ice shelf's edge broke away

For decades, the ice shelf helping to hold back one of the fastest-moving glaciers in Antarctica, Pine Island Glacier, has gradually thinned. Analysis of satellite images reveals a more dramatic process in recent years. From 2017 to 2020, large icebergs at the ice shelf's edge broke off, and the glacier sped up.

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N2O – Where Science meets Fun

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Friday science jokes

Good laughter could boost your imagination up to 99%, scientists say. Well, let's put that to a test!

Enjoy, this Friday's selection of science humor!

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Seven great authors share their view on the nature of Science

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Thought can fly further than airplanes

To consider the influence and importance of Science and Technology today is a thought-provoking activity. Check out what famous think-tanks have shared with us.

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