Air pollution may be damaging every organ in the body

Air pollution may be damaging every organ and virtually every cell in the human body, according to a comprehensive new global review.

The research shows head-to-toe harm, from heart and lung disease to diabetes and dementia, and from liver problems and bladder cancer to brittle bones and damaged skin. Fertility, foetuses and children are also affected by toxic air, the review found.

The systemic damage is the result of pollutants causing inflammation that then floods through the body and ultrafine particles being carried around the body by the bloodstream.

Air pollution is a “public health emergency”, according to the World Health Organization, with more than 90% of the global population enduring toxic outdoor air.

Some deep-sea fish can see COLOR despite living their entire lives in darkness

While people and other vertebrates are color blind in dim light, some deep-sea fish may possess keen color vision to thrive in the near total darkness of their extreme environment thanks to a unique genetic adaptation, according to Daily Mail.

Researchers analyzed the genomes of 101 fish species and found that three lineages of deep-sea fish, living up to about a mile (1,500 meters) below the surface, boast a specialized visual system to allow for color vision in inky blackness.

Agriculture Ministry: Weather Conditions Opposes the Entry of Locusts into Syrian Territory

Damascus - The Ministry of Agriculture has decided to take appropriate measures and equip the means of control to deal with any potential for the arrival of desert locusts to the country, stressing that the weather conditions are contrary to the entry into Syrian territory.

"The ministry has set up a special operations room to monitor the movement of locust swarms in the region and is coordinating with the Desert Locust Commission in the Central Region of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)," the ministry's director of plant protection Fahr al-Mishref said in a statement.

Almost 200,000 unknown viruses are discovered hiding in the depths of the world's oceans

There are nearly 200,000 different viruses lurking in the depths of oceans all over the world, a study has claimed.

This staggering amount of viral life was found in five oceanic regions, dubbed distinct ecological zones, located in the entire Arctic and Antarctic oceans as well as certain depths of warmer oceans, according to Daily Mail. 

Scientists said that most of the viruses have never been seen before and that this study found 12 times as many viruses than were previously known. 

The findings of the 195,728 viruses could also reveal how pathogens affect ocean ecosystems.

Meet Callichimaera perplexa, the platypus of crabs

The crab family just got a bunch of new cousins -- including a 95-million-year-old chimera species that will force scientists to rethink the definition of a crab, according to Science Daily.

An international team of researchers led by Yale paleontologist Javier Luque announced the discovery of hundreds of exceptionally well-preserved specimens that date back to the mid-Cretaceous period of 90-95 million years ago. The cache includes hundreds of tiny comma shrimp fossils, several true shrimp, and an entirely new branch of the evolutionary tree for crabs.

The most intriguing discovery, according to the researchers, is Callichimaera perplexa, the earliest example of a swimming arthropod with paddle-like legs since the extinction of sea scorpions more than 250 million years ago.