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Found: Preserved dinosaur cells -

(CNN) The science behind the Jurassic Park films always seemed far-fetched, even before the latest instalment, Jurassic World, introduced the idea of genetically engineered super-dinosaurs.

For one thing, finding mosquitoes that had drunk the blood of dinosaurs and then been preserved in amber for hundreds of millions of years is incredibly unlikely. But there's another more important reason: proteins such as DNA degrade fast after a creature's death. They are almost never found preserved in bones older than a few thousand years. This has been the dogma for many years.


'Mary Lee' a great white shark, found roaming Jersey coast - The Morning Call

There's a curvy lady named Mary Lee cruising off the coast of the Jersey shore.

Mary Lee's a great white shark, arguably the most feared and most misunderstood animal on the planet, and just after 8 a.m. Thursday, the electronic tag that's been tracking her since 2012 "pinged" about 10 miles off the coast of Cape May County, between North Wildwood and Stone Harbor.

At 1:04 p.m., Mary Lee pinged again, this time about 12 miles off the coast a little further north, right on the border of Avalon and Sea Isle City.


Pocket shark discovery is only the second ever seen |

A pocket shark—the rarest of sharks with only one specimen ever seen before—has been discovered by scientists, and in the most unusual way.

A male pocket shark measuring 5.5 inches long was collected during a 2010 midwater trawl survey 190 miles south of Louisiana by NOAA/NMFS Southeast Fisheries Science Center while studying prey of sperm whales.

The dead specimen was collected with other sea creatures, bagged up and stored in a giant freezer at NOAA’s lab in Pascagoula, Mississippi, until they could be identified, according to the Associated Press.

NOAA fisheries biologist Mark Grace, lead author on a just released study, has spent more than 30 years going through bags of fish to identify them. It took him three years before coming across the pocket shark.

Associated Press called it a small miracle that the pocket shark hadn’t been tossed out after NOAA’s freezer lost power a couple of times.


Millions of by-the-wind sailors wash ashore along West Coast |

CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: Is this the prequel to a big earthquake?

Small, jellyfish-like sea creatures known as by-the-wind sailors—or purple sails—are getting blown onto beaches from California to Washington by the millions.

The latest sighting came this week at Ocean Shores, Washington, where swarms of the purple-colored, oval-shaped creatures washed ashore and died in amazing numbers, as seen by the photos provided to GrindTV from Michael Watson.


Spider crabs build big pyramid in pre-migration act |

PT Hirschfield and some friends were diving near the Blairgowrie Pier in Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, in Australia when they encountered a most unusual sight: close to 1,000 spider crabs crawling over each other to make a huge pyramid on the ocean floor.

It’s the time of year when all the spider crabs gather for a mass migration and simultaneous molt, so the divers were on the lookout for the congregating spider crabs and found this (one minute of video captures the essence):


'Whale without a tail' seems to be doing fine -

Had passengers aboard the Dana Pride not seen the gray whale surface and blow a plume of mist into the air, they would not have had any idea what they were looking at.

What protruded from the surface, in hazy evening light Sunday beyond Dana Point in Southern California, resembled some sort of alien being.

But it was the gray whale’s tail section, minus the fluke; one of the rarest sights the crew had ever seen.


Big Bang, Deflated? Universe May Have Had No Beginning - Yahoo News

If a new theory turns out to be true, the universe may not have started with a bang.

In the new formulation, the universe was never a singularity, or an infinitely small and infinitely dense point of matter. In fact, the universe may have no beginning at all.

"Our theory suggests that the age of the universe could be infinite," said study co-author Saurya Das, a theoretical physicist at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada.


More Mysterious Craters Found in Siberia - Yahoo News

Last summer, the discovery of several new giant craters in Siberia drew worldwide interest, launching wild speculation that meteorites, or even aliens, caused the gaping crevasses. And now, scientists have found even more of them.

In July 2014, reindeer herders discovered a 260-feet-wide (80 meters) crater in northern Russia's Yamal Peninsula. Later that month, two more craters were discovered in the Tazovsky district and Taymyr Peninsula (also spelled Taimyr), respectively.


Octopus develops serious case of the blues -

An octopus is a master of camouflage, but when danger lurks and it becomes clear that blending in with its surroundings is not working, an octopus can also shed its camouflage.

This amazing and rarely observed phenomenon was videotaped recently by Jonathan Gordon, while he was snorkeling in the Caribbean.