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Microbes from millions of years ago
29th July 2020 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Scientists studying sediments from the Pacific Ocean east of New Zealand have found bacteria that appear to have survived since the time of the dinosaurs.

Amazo­nian Indigenous ter­rit­or­ies are cru­cial for con­ser­va­tion
29th July 2020 | | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

A new study from the University of Helsinki shows that Indigenous territories represent around 45% of all the remaining wilderness areas in the Amazon, comprising an area of three times the surface of Germany.

Oldest South American fossil lizard discovered in Brazil
29th July 2020 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Fossil remains of a novel species of lizard that lived more than 130 million years ago have been found in the north of Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Indian schoolgirls discover asteroid moving toward Earth
29th July 2020 | Earth, Humans, Space

Radhika Lakhani and Vaidehi Vekariya, both studying in 10th grade, were working on a school project when they discovered the asteroid, which they named HLV2514.

Kelp found off Scotland dates back 16,000 years to last ice age
28th July 2020 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Scientists have discovered kelp off the coast of Scotland, Ireland and France that has survived since the last ice age, around 16,000 years ago.

Russian archaeologists excavate well-preserved mammoth skeleton with muscles intact
27th July 2020 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

The preserved skeleton of a woolly mammoth with elements of its musculature still intact has been discovered by reindeer herders in a lake in northern Siberia, triggering an excavation to recover the body for scientific research.

27th July 2020 | Earth, Humans

One of the biggest challenges facing crewed missions to Mars is figuring out how to protect crewmembers from the onslaught of deadly cosmic rays.

Image from Tanenkov.andrey (Wikki Commons)

Ancient African skull sheds light on American crocodile origins
24th July 2020 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

The extinct African crocodile species Crocodylus checchiai may be closely related to American crocodile species alive today, according to a study published in Scientific Reports.

Explosive UFO Report In NYT Mentions ‘Off-World Vehicles Not Made On This Earth’
24th July 2020 | | Earth, Humans, Tech

Pentagon consultant makes bombshell revelation to the New York Times.

Image from Edbrown05~commonswiki (Wikki Commons)

Dogs may use Earth’s magnetic field to navigate
21st July 2020 | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

A team of researchers from Czech University of Life Sciences, Virginia Tech and Barry University has found evidence that suggests dogs may use Earth’s magnetic field as a navigational aid.

Is it time to reassess our relationship with nature?
20th July 2020 | | Earth, Humans

Western societies tend to see nature and humanity as separate. But are there other ways of relating to the natural world?

Image by Walter Daniel Batley(Wikki Commons)

New insight into the origin of water on the earth
20th July 2020 | Earth, Humans, Space

Scientists have found the interstellar organic matter could produce an abundant supply of water by heating, suggesting that organic matter could be the source of terrestrial water.

Scientists find new evidence of massive tsunami that devastated ancient Britain in 6200BC
20th July 2020 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

The 6,200BC cataclysm may have drowned up to a quarter of the population, archaeologists say

Amazon soya and beef exports ‘linked to deforestation’
18th July 2020 | | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Up to one-fifth of Brazil’s soya exports to the European Union may be “contaminated” by illegal deforestation, a study has found. Researchers used freely available maps and data to identify the specific farms and ranches clearing forests to produce soya and beef destined for Europe. They found 2% of properties were responsible for 62% of illegal deforestation.

Biosignatures may reveal a wealth of new data locked inside old fossils
14th July 2020 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Tech

Step aside, skeletons—a new world of biochemical ‘signatures’ found in all kinds of ancient fossils is revealing itself to paleontologists, providing a new avenue for insights into major evolutionary questions.

The universe’s clock might have bigger ticks than we imagine
13th July 2020 | | Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

The smallest conceivable length of time might be no larger than a millionth of a billionth of a billionth of a billionth of a second.

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