1. People aren’t the only animals susceptible to the nasty effects of too much ultraviolet light. According to new research published in the journal PLoS One, scientists in Australia have discovered that 15 percent of the trout swimming in the Great Barrier Reef have a visible form of skin cancer, likely from soaking in too much of the sun’s harmful rays.

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    (Source: theweek.com)

     

  2. You guys like tiny sharks that glow in the dark, right?

    New research has explained why the smalleye pygmy shark (pictured, with a yolk sac still attached) and lantern shark are able to make their bellies glow: camouflage. Whenever these small sharks swim close to the surface, they put themselves at risk of being spotted by larger predators below them. The glowing bellies are a form of counter-illumination, allowing their silhouette to blend in with the bright sky above.

    So, how do they do it? 

     

  3. The world’s coral reefs are dying, and experts think global warming and pollution are among the main causes. But new research suggests that there might be another culprit: Herpes.