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Dueling evolutionary forces drive rapid evolution of salamander coloration

Two opposing evolutionary forces explain the presence of the two different colors of spotted salamander egg masses at ponds in Pennsylvania, according to a new study led by a Penn State biologist. Understanding the processes that maintain biological diversity in wild populations is a central question in biology and may allow researchers to predict how species will respond to global change.

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Political Candidates in India Are Using Stray Dogs as Walking Billboards

Elections in India’s Uttar Pradesh state are literally going to the dogs as several candidates are reportedly using stray dogs as billboards to make sure their campaign messages reach as many people as possible. At least two candidates – one in Rae Bareli and another in Ballia district – have been attaching their campaign banners […]The post Political Candidates in India Are Using Stray Dogs as Walking Billboards first appeared on Oddity Central - Collecting Oddities.

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Stellar feedback and an airborne observatory: Team determines a nebula to be much younger than previously believed

In the southern sky, situated about 4,300 light years from Earth, lies RCW 120, an enormous glowing cloud of gas and dust. This cloud, known as an emission nebula, is formed of ionized gases and emits light at various wavelengths. An international team led by West Virginia University researchers studied RCW 120 to analyze the effects of stellar feedback, the process by which stars inject energy back into their environment. Their observations showed that stellar winds cause the region to expand rapidly, which enabled them to constrain the age of the region. These findings indicate that RCW 120 must be less than 150,000 years old, which is very young for such a nebula.

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Ukrainian Artist Creates the Most Realistic-Looking Ball-Jointed Dolls

Anastasia, a talented artist from the Ukraine, creates ball-jointed dolls so realistic-looking that you’d be forgiven for mistaking them for real, live girls. The artist, who goes by “Elsyn” on Instagram, spends a lot of time making sure that every little detail on her amazing dolls is perfect. From the color of their skin, to […]The post Ukrainian Artist Creates the Most Realistic-Looking Ball-Jointed Dolls first appeared on Oddity Central - Collecting Oddities.

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