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Amazon rainforest: The 90-year-old trying to stop destruction
9th February 2020 | bbc.co.uk | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Reporters are given rare access to a once-in-a-generation meeting of indigenous groups trying to save the Amazon.

‘Flammable ice’ discovery offers up clue to life on other planets
8th February 2020 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Scientists studying so-called ‘flammable ice’ in the Sea of Japan have made a startling discovery—the existence of life within microscopic bubbles.

British ‘X-Files’ of UFO sightings is going public
6th February 2020 | livescience.com | Earth, Humans, Space, Weird

The U.K.’s Ministry of Defense will publish secret UFO reports for the first time.

After 2,000 Years, These Seeds Have Finally Sprouted
6th February 2020 | theatlantic.com | Ancient, Earth

Six date seeds as old as the Dead Sea Scrolls are now flourishing as trees on a kibbutz. Their names are Adam, Jonah, Uriel, Boaz, Judith, and Hannah, and their ages are—well, actually, this one’s a bit complicated.

Oddball sexaquark particles could be immortal, if they exist at all
5th February 2020 | livescience.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Space, Weird

After decades of poking around in the math behind the glue holding the innards of all matter together, physicists have found a strange hypothetical particle, one that has never appeared in any experiment. Called a sexaquark, the oddball is made up of a funky arrangement of six quarks of various flavors.

One single primitive turtle resisted mass extinction in the northern hemisphere
5th February 2020 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Sixty-six million years ago, in the emerged lands of Laurasia—now the northern hemisphere—a primitive land tortoise, measuring about 60 cm, managed to survive the event that killed the dinosaurs.

Asteroid That Killed the Dinosaurs Was Great for Bacteria
3rd February 2020 | nytimes.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

The smoldering crater left by the apocalyptic space rock became a nice home for blue-green algae within years of the impact.

Archaeologists to explore Ice Age landscape off Jersey coast
31st January 2020 | itv.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans

A group of archaeologists will carry out a survey of a former Ice Age landscape in Jersey to understand more about its history. The team of experts hopes the survey will help them explore how Neanderthal people and other early humans used the landscape and how it matches up with discoveries made on land.

Psilocybin: The magic ingredient in psychedelic shrooms
31st January 2020 | livescience.com | Earth, Humans, Misc.

Reference article: Facts about psilocybin.

Glowing green ‘dunes’ in the sky mesmerized skygazers. They turned out to be a new kind of aurora.
29th January 2020 | livescience.com | Earth, Space, Weird

When mysterious glowing stripes of green lit up Finnish skies in 2018, it didn’t go unnoticed by avid aurora chasers. The pattern of light was unfamiliar and strangely perfect, reaching out toward the horizon like a set of celestial sand dunes.

How the ‘Venice of Africa’ is losing its battle against the rising ocean
28th January 2020 | theguardian.com | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Saint-Louis, the old colonial capital of Senegal, faces a flooding threat that has already seen entire villages lost to the Atlantic

Vesuvius eruption baked some people to death—and turned one brain to glass
28th January 2020 | nationalgeographic.co.uk | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Herculaneum was just one of several towns smothered by ash and savaged by superheated volcanic avalanches. But three centuries later, experts are still unsure as to what precisely killed the victims of this once bustling metropolis.

Mysterious particles spewing from Antarctica defy physics
24th January 2020 | livescience.com | Earth, Tech, Weird

Our best model of particle physics is bursting at the seams as it struggles to contain all the weirdness in the universe. Now, it seems more likely than ever that it might pop, thanks to a series of strange events in Antarctica. .

The world’s oldest asteroid strike in Western Australia may have triggered a global thaw
23rd January 2020 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Earth

Our new study puts a precise age on the cataclysmic impact – showing Yarrabubba is the oldest known crater and dating it at the right time to trigger the end of an ancient glacial period and the warming of the entire planet.

Deep Antarctic drilling will reveal climate secrets trapped in 1.5 million-year-old ice
23rd January 2020 phys.org | Ancient, Earth

An ambitious mission to drill into the Antarctic ice sheet to extract some of the oldest ice on the planet will provide vital clues about a mysterious shift in the behaviour of our planet’s climate.

Maps Are Biased Against Animals
23rd January 2020 | wired.com | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Protecting the ecosystems we share starts with acknowledging that humans aren’t the only species with pathways and landmarks.

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