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Scientists find 71 new species of plant and animal to add to the tree of life in 2019

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A total of 71 species have been added to the ever-expanding list of plant and animal species on Earth in the year 2019. They were found by scientists in some of the most remote regions of planet Earth, spanning five continents and three oceans. The list of newly-described species includes: 17 fish, 15 geckos, eight flowering plants, six sea slugs, five arachnids, four eels, three ants, three skinks, two skates, two wasps, two mosses, two corals, and two lizards. A fish named Wakanda, a gaudy sea-slug and an endangered colourless arachnid lurking in the perennial darkness of Croatia's caves headline the list, released by the California Academy of the Sciences. A Sydney-based expert confirmed the dazzling'Wakanda' fish (pictured) more than 60 metres beneath the ocean's surface off the coast of Tanzania.


Never-seen-before extracts from 'outrageous' research of disgraced scientist He Jiankui

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Extracts from the controversial scientific paper penned by disgraced Chinese biophysicist He Jiankui have been revealed for the first time. A full-length piece of research has never before been published or verified, but excerpts have now been obtained and published by MIT Technology Review. The abstract of the alleged paper, which is littered with oversights, errors and ethical neglect, compounds concerns over the project. Experts who reviewed the extracts have called it'delusional', 'outrageous' and'preposterous'. Extracts from the controversial scientific paper penned by disgraced Chinese biophysicist He Jiankui have been revealed for the first time.


The Beatles have their makeup done in never-before-seen footage from 1965

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That's certainly evident in this previously unreleased silent footage debuted Tuesday by Australia's National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA). The 49-second clip was originally shot by Australian dancer and make-up artist, Dawn Swane. All four band members, Paul, John, Ringo and George, are captured having their makeup done and pulling faces at the camera before a BBC television special, The Music of Lennon & McCartney, way back in 1965. Swane worked at Granada TV in Manchester, UK, and was filming in the makeup room when members of the band started messing about with her camera as they drank champagne. "I don't know if it was John or if it was Ringo but they took the camera off me and said, 'This is no way to use a camera' and they sort of jiggled it upside down and inside out a bit, and everybody was just mucking around," Swane said in a statement provided by the NFSA.


Trying to Capture Never-Before-Seen Photo of Rare Flower

U.S. News

The ghost orchid can be found only in South Florida, the Caribbean and Cuba. In Florida, it's been spotted at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, Seminole State Park, the Everglades and Corkscrew. A 2016 study estimated there are only 2,000 left in the wild in Florida.