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October

  • The Ichthyosaurus somersetensis specimen at the Academy of Natural Sciences with (from L–R) Ted Daeschler, Dean Lomax and Judy Massare.

    160 Years After Its Arrival, New Ichthyosaurus identified at the Academy of Natural Sciences

    October 12, 2016

    More than 160 years after its discovery in an English quarry, an ancient, aquatic reptile specimen at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University has finally been given its own name.

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  • Yellow-faced bee. Photo by Katja Schulz

    4 Things to Know About Bees Hitting the Endangered Species List

    October 12, 2016

    For the first time, bees have been placed on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ Endangered Species List. Sean O’Donnell, PhD, professor in Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences, is an expert on tropical insect ecology, focusing on bees, wasps and ants. He explains here what the addition of bees to the list means and where the prolific pollinators might go from here.

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  • Fossils discovered from the B. rex around a drawing of what the fish's head looked like.

    A New ‘King’ — New, Gigantic, Ancient Armored Fish Discovered

    October 11, 2016

    In the Arctic, a team that included scientists from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University found fossils of a giant new species of extinct armored fish that they named Bothriolepis rex — the new king of Bothriolepis.

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  • Rheophyte Illustration

    Natural Born Mysteries

    October 05, 2016

    Until recently, the flora of the interior of Cambodia’s Cardamom region has remained largely uncatalogued. But as Cambodian and international survey teams collaborate, more and more species are coming to light.

    Such was the case for Sarcolobus cambogensis, a rheophytic shrub discovered in the Tatai River in the Koh Kong province.

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  • Drexel Physics Graduate Student Rebecca Phillipson

    Q&A: A Fellowship to Discover Black Holes’ Secrets

    October 04, 2016

    Black holes remain one of the most mysterious and intriguing objects in our universe. One of the newest celestial objects to be studied — they were only first theorized in the 20th century — black holes are areas in space that have such strong gravity that not even light can escape them.

    However, there is little known about them. We don’t even have a real picture of one. That knowledge gap is where Rebecca Phillipson comes in. A physics graduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences, Phillipson dreams of discovering more about what makes black holes work.

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