Did you know that geckos can actually run on water? This ability is something that scientists have found potentially unique compared to other animals. Speaking of water, it looks like a prehistoric fish might have had blubber just like our whales and dolphins today. But what does it mean? Wrapping up our newsletter is a selfie from NASA’s InSight Mars Lander.
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Yep, you read that right, geckos can run on water. And it’s adorable. Biologists have found that the specific movement that geckos use to run on water might actually be unique to the entire animal kingdom. It all happened after a video was seen by one of the biologists, who was so surprised to find that geckos could run on water that they decided to do some more research. Read the full article to learn more about it, and of course watch the video to see for yourself how geckos do it!
Even prehistoric fish had blubber to stay warm, something that was recently discovered after a new analysis of a pristine ichthyosaur fossil. Ichthyosaurs (Greek for “fish lizard”) were large reptiles that lived in the water in the Mesozoic era, where they swam alongside dinosaurs. The reason why this discovery is such a big deal is because we can now see just how similar these reptiles were to our current, living dolphins and whales. Read more about the amazing prehistoric discoveries by North Carolina State University biologist Mary Schweitzer and her team here.
NASA’s InSight Mars lander has opened up its solar panels to recharge after its exciting adventure to Mars. What’s the first thing to do? Why, take a selfie, of course! InSight has two 7-foot-wide solar panels that can provide 600 to 700 watts of power. After the selfie, InSight will be taking photos of the landscape and sending them back to Earth. Find out more about NASA’s exciting InSight mission on Mars here!
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