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Extinction crisis 'poses existential threat to civilisation'

A study presents more evidence that the world is in the midst of a sixth mass extinction.

Loss of land-based vertebrates is accelerating

12 hours ago from Science Daily

Analysis of thousands of vertebrate species reveals that extinction rates are likely much faster than previously thought. The researchers call for immediate global action, such as a ban on the...

Sequoia & Kings Canyon are latest California national parks to start reopening

12 hours ago from LA Times - Health

Roads and picnic areas will reopen, but campgrounds and lodgings will remain closed.

Look: Calf stranded in mud rescued from drowning

15 hours ago from UPI

Animal rescuers in Britain said a calf was rescued from drowning in a mud pit, thanks to a sharp-eyed tram driver who spotted the bovine in distress.

Why asteroids Bennu and Ryugu have their signature 'spinning-top' shapes

15 hours ago from Science Daily

Scientists with NASA's first asteroid sample return mission, OSIRIS-REx, are gaining a new understanding of asteroid Bennu's carbon-rich material and signature "spinning-top" shape. The team has discovered that the asteroid's...

Loss of land-based vertebrates is accelerating, study finds

17 hours ago from Physorg

In 2015, Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich coauthored a study declaring the world's sixth mass extinction was underway. Five years later, Ehrlich and colleagues at other institutions have a grim update:...

America’s obsession with lawns has 160-year-old roots

18 hours ago from PopSci

Cookie cutter-lawns can be traced back to the flight of rich Chicagoans, who were looking for a more tranquil, sprawled-out setting on the outskirts of the city. (David McBee/Pexels/)Just three miles outside Chicago...

Unexploded World War II grenade found in British river

19 hours ago from UPI

Police in Britain responded to a river where a member of the public found an unexploded World War II grenade while fishing.

First California prison officer dies after contracting coronavirus

19 hours ago from LA Times - Health

Danny Mendoza, the first California prison officer to die after contracting coronavirus, worked at the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco.

Bird strike on Snowbird engine likely caused fatal crash: report

19 hours ago from CBC: Technology & Science

Canadian air force crash investigators are looking at a bird strike as the probable cause of the crash of a Snowbird demonstration jet in Kamloops, British Columbia last month.

Ancient genomes link subsistence change and human migration in northern China

20 hours ago from Science Daily

Northern China is among the first centers in the world where agriculture developed, but its genetic history remains largely unknown. Researchers have now analyzed 55 ancient genomes from China, finding...

Upsets, big payofffs, highlight weekend horse racing

21 hours ago from UPI

Weekend horse racing featured some spectacular upsets with equally stunning payoffs for winning bettors and a pair of 2-year-old fillies whose first race may have earned a trip to Royal...

Bindi Irwin says she kept maiden name to honor late dad

21 hours ago from UPI

Bindi Irwin explained her decision to keep her last name and shared how paparazzi disrupted her wedding to Chandler Powell.

'Lady in the well' sheds light on ancient human population movements

21 hours ago from Reuters:Science

The bones of a woman of Central Asian descent found at the bottom of a deep well after a violent death in an ancient city in Turkey are helping scientists...

‘Tree Story’ explores what tree rings can tell us about the past

22 hours ago from Sciencenews.org

Tree StoryValerie TrouetJohns Hopkins Univ., $27 Once you look at trees through the eyes of a dendrochronologist, you never quite see the leafy wonders the same way again. Peel away the hard,...

Structural changes: How the pandemic could influence architecture

22 hours ago from Physorg

Disease has often driven change in architecture and design. Cities cleared slums and opened up public spaces in response to the bubonic plague, and widened boulevards and added indoor plumbing...

Ancient genomes link subsistence change and human migration in northern China

22 hours ago from Physorg

While recent advances in ancient DNA analysis have established the major patterns of prehistoric human migration in western Eurasia, the population history of eastern Eurasia remains little understood. Northern China...

Police officers accused of violence often have a history of complaints

23 hours ago from UPI

Decades of research on police shootings and brutality reveal that officers with a history of shooting civilians are much more likely to do so in the future compared to other...

Scientists find oldest fossil of a land animal

23 hours ago from CBC: Technology & Science

A fossilized millipede-like creature discovered in Scotland may represent the oldest-known land animal, a humble pioneer of terrestrial living 425 million years ago that helped pave the way for the...

Hall of Fame boxer Curtis Cokes dies at 82

1 day ago from UPI

Hall of Fame boxer Curtis Cokes -- the first world champion to hail from Dallas -- has died at the age of 82.

Video: How to discover your own fossil site

1 day ago from Physorg

Have you ever wondered how a fossil site is discovered? Perhaps wondered what it would be like to find one of the rarest fossil finds in history? In this lecture,...

UFC: Jon 'Bones' Jones plans to give up light heavyweight belt

1 day ago from UPI

UFC star Jon "Bones" Jones says he plans to relinquish his light heavyweight title.

Coronavirus: The mystery of 'silent spreaders'

Scientists have discovered more evidence about a strange and worrying feature of the coronavirus

Nevada home to 246M-year-old fossil of pregnant ichthyosaur

1 day ago from Physorg

Autumn was closing in fast on northern Nevada when Martin Sander took one last look around the excavation site in the Augusta Mountains 150 miles (241 kilometers) east of Reno.

Pope Francis blesses faithful at St. Peter's Square for first time in 3 months

1 day ago from UPI

Pope Francis on Sunday blessed a smattering of faithful from his apartment window in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City for the first time since the lockdown in Italy began...

Our lockdown is only a glimpse into the difficult lives of the war-torn and displaced

1 day ago from CBC: Health

At least in Canada and other western countries we know that our isolation will end eventually, in contrast to those displaced by conflict and living in camps and shelters around...

Genetic research offers insight into rise of first cities

1 day ago from Science Blog

New genetic research from around one of the ancient world’s most important trading hubs offers fresh insights into the movement and interactions of inhabitants of different areas of Western Asia...

Red Hugh: Spanish dig for the bones of 'Fighting Prince of Donegal'

The Irish chieftain was buried in the same Spanish chapel as Christopher Columbus.