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Anglerfish Physically Fuse to Their Mates, And We Finally Know How That’s Possible – ScienceAlert

Dating is hard enough when you have ample choice, but imagine drifting through a dark nothingness, half-formed and hopeless, starved for nutrients and love.

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Dating is hard enough when you have ample choice, but imagine drifting through a dark nothingness, half-formed and hopeless, starved for nutrients and love.
So goes the life of a bachelor anglerfish, and when there aren’t plenty of fish in the deep sea, you can’t blame them for being a little clingy when they do find one.
Still, some anglerfish take that neediness to the extreme. When certain species sniff out a giant female in the dark, they will whip out their sharp teeth and bite their date…

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Preserved ‘Hell Ant’ Has Been Devouring It’s Prey for 99 Million Years – IGN Southeast Asia

The fierce predator appears to have vertically articulating mouthparts.

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A prehistoric “hell ant” in the midst of grasping its prey with its unusual mouthparts has been found preserved in 99-million-year-old amber.
According to ScienceAlert, the frozen specimen captures the predator “actively feeding” on another insect, which is said to be an extinct relative of the cockroach. It is shown using its scythe-like jaw to pin its prey against the protruding horn-like paddle on the top of its head, acting as sort of a clamp.
Image credit: Barden et al., Current Biology, …

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Chemists create the brightest known fluorescent materials in existence – Tech Explorist

Scientists developed a class of materials called small-molecule ionic isolation lattices (SMILES), which is described as the brightest fluorescent materials in existence.

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Fluorescence is critical to many advanced applications in optical materials, including OLEDs and photonics. Despite their wide-applications, these materials have faced a 150-year-old struggle when it comes to transferring their properties from a liquid solution to a solid, which has limited the fluorescents’ overall use.
A team of scientists at Indiana University and the University of Copenhagen has presented a universal solution to solve this long-standing problem of fluorescent dyes. Instead …

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Greater Shepparton records four active cases – Shepparton News

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Greater Shepparton has four active cases of COVID-19, including three recorded in the 24 hours to Friday afternoon.A staff member at First Choice Liquor Shepparton and another at Shepparton Retirement Villages in addition to a contactor at Unilever Tatura have tested positive for COVID-19.Victoria has recorded 450 new cases of coronavirus since Thursday, with the total number of cases now at 13,867.
Within Victoria, 42 of the new cases are linked to outbreaks or complex cases and 408 are under …

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