Science

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New Species Of Venomous Snake Appears In Honduras

Named after Don Guifarroi, a conservationist who was murdered in Honduras while doing some environmental work, this snake is one of the most beautiful(and venomous) on the planet. Its name, Bothriechis guifarroi. This spectacular snake was at first confused with other Honduran Pit Vipers because the similar color and pattern but it is, in fact, a new species. The odd part is that it is more closely related to other snakes 600 km south in the mountains of Costa Rica than others in Honduras. The viper was discovered in 2010 in the Texiguat Wildlife Refuge and thought to be a new species and was recently verified. Bothriechis guifarroi was only one of the many other species located at this wildlife refuge such as the Central American tapirs, jaguars, sloths, and many other incredible animals. Back to Bothriechis guifarroi, scientists have already classified it as Critically Endangered due to the utter lack of them, well, anywhere.

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Rats With… Telepathy?

Researchers from Duke university experimented by allowing two rodents to communicate with each other using brain waves. It first began by placing two rats in separate cages. Each was able to solve puzzles with microelectrodes, a wire 1/100 the width of a human hair, implanted in their brains. The rats were able to solve the puzzle together by sensing the others intentions and actions, even when they couldn’t see each other. The same experiment was than conducted except the rats were thousands of miles apart. One in North Carolina and one in Brazil, the rats were still able to communicate telepathically! This is the first time an animal has directly understood another animal through telepathy.

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March 1st, 2013

Update On The Dragon Space Capsule

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The weather was great, the rocket looked fine, and everything looked perfect. Perfect… until the launch. Lucky for SpaceX, the issue is in their capability to fix. What happened was, right when the Dragon was about to launch, three of the four thruster pods gave out and the Dragon failed to even start the mission. The resupply mission will still happen, but maybe just a bit later than planned.

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March 1st, 2013
SpaceX Prepares To Launch

     SpaceX, a private space flight company, prepares to launch the unmanned Dragon space capsule at at 10:10 a.m. this Friday. The purpose of the mission is simple, resupply the International Space Station orbiting above us. The Dragon will deliver 1,200 pounds of supplies which follows the $1.6 billion contract SpaceX has with NASA stating that SpaceX will provide 12 unmanned cargo deliveries to the Space station. This will mark the third time the Dragon rockets up to the rescue and helps out the NASA.

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