Scientists have unveiled the first 30,000 pages of a vast online encyclopedia that aims to catalogue every one of the Earth’s 1.8 million species, BBC News reports. The immense online resource is designed to enhance our understanding of the world’s diminishing biodiversity. The creators of the database say it could have an impact on human knowledge comparable to that which followed the microscope’s invention in the 1600s. The web site is designed to be used by everyone from scientists to students to ordinary citizens…

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