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New Barrel-Shaped Structure Discovered Inside Sperm

Human sperm cells are well-studied, so scientists were completely surprised to find a previously unknown structure in the little swimmers. And perhaps more surprising, this newfound structure may contribute to infertility, miscarriages and birth defects, the investigators said. On the flip side, once scientists understand this structure better, it may help them develop […]

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‘Hobbit’ Shrimp with Hairy Feet Discovered Living Inside Hole in Sea Squirt

This hairy-limbed shrimp (Odontonia bagginsi) lives inside a sea squirt. Credit: Franz Anthony Scientists have discovered a new species of “hobbit shrimp” that shares more than a feature or two with the protagonist of J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 children’s fantasy novel. The diminutive size and eight hairy limbs of the critter, dubbed Odontonia bagginsi, […]

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