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Scientists ‘prove Darwin’s survival of the fittest theory’
19th March 2020 | | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Scientists have proved one of Charles Darwin’s theories of evolution – survival of the fittest – for the first time. A researcher at St John’s College, University of Cambridge, found that mammal subspecies play a more important role in evolution than previously thought.

How to clear the oil spills of the Amazon rainforest
18th March 2020 | | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

For decades, pits of waste crude oil have dotted the Amazon rainforest in northern Ecuador. Now people are using resilient plants, fungi and bacteria to try to clean them up.

Roger Phillips: ‘Fungi will have a role in ridding the world of plastic
16th March 2020 | | Earth, Humans, Misc.

Britain’s original forager on his eight decades of adventures in wild food and why mushrooms were once associated with witchcraft.

These microbial communities have learned to live at Earth’s most extreme reaches
14th March 2020 | | Earth, Humans, Tech

At the bottom of the Indian Ocean, in one of the deepest layers of Earth’s crust ever explored, researchers are finding life. An analysis of rock samples from Atlantis Bank, part of a seafloor mountain where deep crustal rock is exposed close to the surface, has revealed microbes adapted to life within nutrient-poor, hairline fractures in the earth.

Earth’s mantle, not its core, may have generated planet’s early magnetic field
12th March 2020 | Ancient, Earth

New research lends credence to an unorthodox retelling of the story of early Earth that was first proposed by a geophysicist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California.

Ancient shell shows days were half-hour shorter 70 million years ago
10th March 2020 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Earth turned faster at the end of the time of the dinosaurs than it does today, rotating 372 times a year, compared to the current 365, according to a new study of fossil mollusk shells from the late Cretaceous.

Rendlesham Forest: UFO ‘sighting’ becomes legend like King Arthur
9th March 2020 | | Earth, Humans, Weird

On 26 December 1980, several United States Air Force (USAF) security personnel stationed at RAF Woodbridge, reported that they investigated “lights” in the surrounding forest.

Researchers find evidence of a cosmic impact that caused destruction of one of the world’s earliest human settlements
9th March 2020 | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Before the Taqba Dam impounded the Euphrates River in northern Syria in the 1970s, an archaeological site named Abu Hureyra bore witness to the moment ancient nomadic people first settled down and started cultivating crops.

Ripples in space-time could explain the mystery of why the universe exists
5th March 2020 | | Earth, Space, Weird

A new study may help answer one of the universe’s biggest mysteries: Why is there more matter than antimatter? That answer, in turn, could explain why everything from atoms to black holes exists.

1.5 billion-year-old Earth had water everywhere, but not one continent, study suggests
3rd March 2020 | | Ancient, Earth

What did Earth look like 3.2 billion years ago? New evidence suggests the planet was covered by a vast ocean and had no continents at all.

Ancient flooding of Bering Strait shows us how ice sheets respond to climate change
28th February 2020 | Ancient, Earth, Humans

The debate has raged in the world of paleo-climate research for years: When did the land bridge that once connected Asia and North America flood?

The photographer fighting to save an ancient culture
28th February 2020 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

In the dense Amazonian rainforests that sprawl across the Brazilian-Venezuelan border, one of South America’s largest indigenous tribes fears for their future.

Billion-year-old green algae is an ancestor of all plants on Earth
25th February 2020 | | Ancient, Earth

Scientists have discovered the fossils of what may be the oldest green algae ever known. The newfound seaweed — called Proterocladus antiquus — lived about a billion years ago

We will ‘fight to the death’ to save the Amazon rainforest
24th February 2020 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest is advancing at worrying levels. In January, the area lost was double that in the same month in 2019, according to official figures.

Asteroid impact enriches certain elements in seawater
24th February 2020 | Ancient, Earth

University of Tsukuba researchers have linked elements that are enriched in the Cretaceous–Paleogene (KPg) boundary clays from Stevns Klint, Denmark, to the impact of the asteroid that produced the Chicxulub crater at the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico.

The lost continent of Zealandia hides clues to the Ring of Fire’s birth
11th February 2020 | | Ancient, Earth

The hidden undersea continent of Zealandia underwent an upheaval at the time of the birth of the Pacific Ring of Fire.

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