Author: Margaret Osborne

A new species of giant isopod, Bathynomus yucatanensis Huang et al. via Journal of Natural History Giant isopods are like something out of a science fiction novel—these massive, armored crustaceans use 14 legs to crawl along the ocean floor at staggering depths. It might seem unlikely that one of these species could be missed while in plain sight, but that’s exactly what’s happened, until now. Scientists have discovered a new giant isopod species among the sea creatures held in a Japanese aquarium. This cream-colored crustacean was originally mistaken for its larger relative, called Bathynomus giganteus. Then, while researching isopod genetics, Huang Ming-Chih from…

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Researchers found microplastics in snow samples from the Ross Island region in Antarctica.  Cavan Images via Getty Images Scientists have found microplastics—small plastic debris about the size of a sesame seed—in freshly fallen snow in Antarctica for the first time. They published their findings in The Cryosphere.  “It’s incredibly sad,” Alex Aves, lead author and researcher from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, says in a statement. “But finding microplastics in fresh Antarctic snow highlights the extent of plastic pollution into even the most remote regions of the world.” Microplastics have been found in almost every corner of the…

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