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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.

Amazon rainforest: The 90-year-old trying to stop destruction
9th February 2020 | | 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 | 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 | | 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 | | 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 | | 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 | 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.

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