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Norway to boost protection of Arctic seed vault from climate change
24th May 2017 | bbc.com | Earth

Norway is boosting the flood defences of its Global Seed Vault on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard after water entered the entrance tunnel last year.

The storage facility, deep inside a mountain, is designed to preserve the world’s crops from future disasters.

Migratory birds bumped off schedule as climate change shifts spring
24th May 2017 | eurekalert.org | Animal Life, Earth

New research shows climate change is altering the delicate seasonal clock that North American migratory songbirds rely on to successfully mate and raise healthy offspring, setting in motion a domino effect that could threaten the survival of many familiar backyard bird species.


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How Thousand-Year-Old Trees Became the New Ivory
24th May 2017 | smithsonianmag.com | Earth

Ancient trees are disappearing from protected national forests around the world. A look inside $100 billion market for stolen wood

It was a local hiker who noticed, during a backwoods stroll in May 2012, the remains of the body. The victim in question: an 800-year-old cedar tree.

Video Solves Mystery of How Narwhals Use Their Tusks
24th May 2017 news.nationalgeographic.com | Animal Life

Drone footage taken in the far northeastern regions of Canada finally sheds light on how narwhals use the massive tusks protruding from their heads.


Alt: What do the Narwhals do with their tusk?

Rare Mexican porpoise faces ‘imminent extinction’
24th May 2017 | bbc.com | Animal Life

An immediate extension of a fishing ban is desperately needed to save the world’s most endangered marine species.

Campaigners say there are only 30 vaquita porpoises left, with their population having plummeted by 90% since 2011.

A self-made billionaire is giving away his fortune to clean up the oceans
24th May 2017 | cnbc.com | Earth

A Norwegian billionaire, who started out as a fisherman, has said he will give away most of his estimated $2.6 billion fortune in a bid to help clean up the world’s oceans.

A Coral to Outlast Climate Change
24th May 2017 | the-scientist.com | Earth

As global temperatures rise, coral bleaching events, in which ocean temperature hikes cause corals to expel their algal symbionts, are happening again and again (reefs worldwide are in the midst of one). Symbiont loss deprives the corals of the pigments that give them both nutrients, via photosynthesis, and color.

Genetic mutation trade-offs lead to parallel evolution
24th May 2017 phys.org | Animal Life

Organisms in nature adapt and evolve in complex environments. For example, when subjected to changes in nutrients, antibiotics, and predation, microbes in the wild face the challenge of adapting multiple traits at the same time. But how does evolution unfold when, for survival, multiple traits must be improved simultaneously?

How RNA formed at the origins of life
24th May 2017 phys.org | Ancient

A single process for how a group of molecules called nucleotides were made on the early Earth, before life began, has been suggested by a UCL-led team of researchers.

Nucleotides are essential to all life on Earth as they form the building blocks of DNA or RNA, and understanding how they were first made is a long-standing challenge that must be resolved to elucidate the origins of life.

Life in the Precambrian may have been much livelier than previously thought
24th May 2017 phys.org | Ancient

The Garden of the Ediacaran was a period in the ancient past when Earth’s shallow seas were populated with a bewildering variety of enigmatic, soft-bodied creatures. Scientists have pictured it as a tranquil, almost idyllic interlude that lasted from 635 to 540 million years ago. But a new interdisciplinary study suggests that the organisms living at the time may have been much more dynamic than experts have thought.

The Triassic’s Mystery Creature
24th May 2017 blogs.scientificamerican.com | Ancient

A tooth from Petrified Forest represents an unknown species that has baffled paleontologists for decades

Dinosaurs are our ambassadors to the deep past. There’s hardly a better example of this fact than the Triassic. This stretch of time, the first chapter of the three-part Mesozoic epic, is often referred to as the Dawn of the Dinosaurs and ran from about 250 to 200 million years ago. This is despite the fact that dinosaurs were minor players in the Triassic drama.

The Song of Solitude: A Mysterious 52 Hertz Call From the Deep
24th May 2017 mysteriousuniverse.org | Weird

Toward the end of the 1980s, and with the Cold War era coming to a close, a number of deep sea hydrophones (that is, underwater microphones) once used for spying were getting a new lease on life. Specifically, they were being repurposed by agencies like NOAA for use in oceanographic studies.


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Europe was the birthplace of mankind, not Africa, scientists find
23rd May 2017 | telegraph.co.uk | Ancient

The history of human evolution has been rewritten after scientists discovered that Europe was the birthplace of mankind, not Africa.

Currently, most experts believe that our human lineage split from apes around seven million years ago in central Africa, where hominids remained for the next five million years before venturing further afield.

But two fossils of an ape-like creature which had human-like teeth have been found in Bulgaria and Greece, dating to 7.2 million years ago.


Alt: 7.2 million-year-old hominin remains discovered in the Balkans

3.3 million-year-old fossil reveals origins of the human spine
23rd May 2017 phys.org | Ancient

Analysis of a 3.3 million-year-old fossil skeleton reveals the most complete spinal column of any early human relative, including vertebrae, neck and rib cage. The findings, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, indicate that portions of the human spinal structure that enable efficient walking motions were established millions of years earlier than previously thought.

Returning large Alaskan archaeological haul found ‘frozen in time’
23rd May 2017 | heritagedaily.com | Ancient

Archaeologists from the Scottish University have spent more than seven years painstakingly recovering and preserving everyday objects that indigenous Yup’ik people used to survive and to celebrate life – in a race against the clock before melting ice and raging winter storms reclaim the Nunalleq archaeological site.

Viking army camp uncovered by archaeologists
23rd May 2017 phys.org | Ancient

A huge camp which was home to thousands of Vikings as they prepared to conquer England in the late ninth century has been uncovered by archaeologists.

Jumping genes play a big role in what makes us human
23rd May 2017 | sciencenews.org | Ancient, Humans

Face-to-face, a human and a chimpanzee are easy to tell apart. The two species share a common primate ancestor, but over millions of years, their characteristics have morphed into easily distinguishable features.

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