July 27, 2009

Earthlings won’t see another solar eclipse like the one that darkened Asia this week for another 123 years, but that’s soon enough for some. Millions ventured outside to enjoy the six-minute plus blackout, with astronomy experts gathering in Shanghai (which reportedly offered the “best views”), Japanese party planners setting up a music festival for the
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The discovery was made after close examination of the new specimen using morphological characteristics and DNA analysis. Taxonomically classified as Varanus lirungensis, the new species “illustrates the high diversity of monitor lizards in Indonesia,” according to André Koch, who found the lizard. Varanus lirungensis is described in the latest issue of the Australian Journal of
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