The Smithsonian Institution has released 2.8 million high-res, two- and three-dimensional images from its collections to a new Open Access online platform. The material comes from all 19 Smithsonian museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives and the National Zoo. Throughout the rest of 2020, the institution plans to add another 200,000 images.
Researchers at Tel Aviv University have discovered what is believed to be the first ’non-oxygen breathing animal’ according to an article published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The animal is thought to be the first identified that does not have mitochondria—which consume oxygen—and were thought to be present in all animals. The discovery was made by accident.
Scientists reported last week that bumblebees have an ability to recognize objects using different senses. The insects are able to recognize objects by sight that they’ve only previously felt, and vice versa, according to researchers from the Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Macquarie University. Researchers had previously found that bees can learn by watching other bees.
Mozilla Firefox will now have DNS over HTTPS (DoH) on by default for people in the US. People outside of the US can turn the feature on as well but it isn’t on by default. According to Mozilla’s web site even encrypted HTTPS sites — had to perform lookups without encryption and data could be collected by third parties. This adds an encryption layer to a process that previously lacked one.