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Israel Defense Forces: Second Hezbollah tunnel discovered

Israel Defense Forces: Second Hezbollah tunnel discovered

World
Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The Israeli military on Saturday said it found a tunnel dug by Hezbollah from Lebanon, the second such passage discovered in a week. Israel Defense Forces accused the militant group, considered a terrorist organization by the United States and Israel, of planning to use the tunnel for violence. "Our troops just exposed a SECOND attack tunnel that Hezbollah dug from Lebanon into Israel," the IDF said on Twitter. "Hezbollah planned to use this tunnel to carry out an attack against Israeli civilians. We won't let them." Israel said it placed explosives inside the tunnel. "Anyone who enters the tunnel does so at their own risk," the IDF tweeted. On Thursday, military officials said it found a similar tunnel dug from the Lebanese village of Ramyeh under the border. They did no...
Scientists have discovered a hidden talent of geckos

Scientists have discovered a hidden talent of geckos

Technology
This is an Inside Science story. The flat-tailed house gecko can not only stick to walls and glide through the air, but also run on water, a new study finds. This discovery of the combination of techniques the reptile uses to race across water could one day lead to robots capable of the same feats, researchers said. The flat-tailed house gecko (Hemidactylus platyurus) is a common pet reptile native to southern and Southeast Asia. Not only can bristles on its toes help it climb walls and hang from ceilings, but it can glide with the aid of its webbed feet and skin flaps. "They're kind of like superheroes -- every time you look at them, they can do more things," said study senior author Robert Full, an integrative biologist at the University of California, Berkeley. The newfound talent...
Exoplanet discovered around neighbouring star

Exoplanet discovered around neighbouring star

Science
Astronomers have discovered a planet around one of the closest stars to our Sun.Nearby planets like this are likely to be prime targets in the search for signatures of life, using the next generation of telescopes.The planet's mass is thought to be more than three times bigger than our own, placing it in a category of world known as "super-Earths".It orbits Barnard's star, which sits "just" six light-years away.The star is an extremely faint "red dwarf" that's about 3% as bright as the Sun.Writing in the journal Nature, Guillem Anglada Escudé and colleagues say its newly discovered planetary companion has a mass 3.2 times bigger than the Earth's.Dr Anglada Escudé said it was "possibly a mostly rocky planet with a ma...
'Oldest animal painting' discovered in Borneo

'Oldest animal painting' discovered in Borneo

Science
The earliest known painting of an animal has been identified in a cave on the island of Borneo.The artwork, which is at least 40,000 years old, is thought to be the oldest example of figurative painting - where real objects are depicted rather than abstract shapes. The researchers aren't certain what animal it represents, but their hunch is that it's a banteng, a type of wild cow that lives in the area today.The work appears in Nature journal.The painting was found in a system of caves in the remote and rugged mountains of East Kalimantan, an Indonesian province on Borneo.The caves contain thousands of other prehistoric paintings, drawings and other imagery, including hand stencils, animals, abstract signs and symbols. ...
New small, neon fish species discovered

New small, neon fish species discovered

Science
Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Scientists aren't sure how a fish this brightly colored went undiscovered for so long. But it did. Tosanoides aphrodite, a new coral fish species, was described for the first time this week in the journal ZooKeys. Scientists discovered the neon species among the reefs of St. Paul's Rocks, an archipelago off the coast of Brazil. Perhaps it is the species' remote home in the middle of the equatorial Atlantic that made the fish so elusive. But once scientists spotted the bright pink, yellow and green fish, they couldn't look away. "This is one of the most beautiful fishes I've ever seen," Luiz Rocha, curator of fishes at the California Academy of Sciences, said in a news release. "It was so enchanting it made us ignore everything around it." Genetic analysis confirmed the ...