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A secret operation by specialist firefighters has saved the world’s last stand of Wollemi Pines, a prehistoric species known as “dinosaur trees”, from Australia’s unprecedented bushfires, officials said.   Fewer than 200 of the trees exist in the wild, hidden in a gorge in the World Heritage Blue Mountains, northwest of Sydney, an area hit
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Scientists have reported on another devastating biological disaster, caused by a patch of abnormally warm water in the Pacific Ocean known as ‘the Blob’. This concentrated marine heatwave lingered in the northeast Pacific between 2013 and 2016, and researchers now think it was largely responsible for the death of almost a million common murres (Uria aalge),
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Scientists at the University of Colorado, Boulder have created what The New York Times calls a “living concrete”, teeming with photosynthetic bacteria, that can grow itself and regenerate itself – much like a living organism.   The concrete is a mixture of gelatin, sand, and cyanobacteria that cools similarly to Jell-O, the Times reports. The resulting structure was able to regenerate itself
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Proxima Centauri is our nearest neighbouring star; it’s just 4.2 light-years away. It has one planet that astronomers know of, a potentially habitable world called Proxima b.   But in a new study, researchers from Italy’s National Institute for Astrophysics report that they have observed changes in the star’s activity that indicate it could have another planet.
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The past decade has been the hottest on record, the UN said Wednesday, warning that the higher temperatures were expected to fuel numerous extreme weather events in 2020 and beyond.​   The World Meteorological Organization, which based its findings on analysis of leading international datasets, said increases in global temperatures had already had dire consequences,
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It was a stormy Monday afternoon in North Carolina, and 21 students at the Union Intermediate School were huddled in the gymnasium for a ‘PE day’. Then, suddenly, and without warning, all hell broke loose.   “We were playing basketball,” fifth-grader Chloe Brewer told WRAL Fayetteville, “and it just sounded like something exploded in there.”
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Well-known alien conspiracy theorist Scott Waring made the shocking claims about the intriguingly-shaped Mars anomaly on his etdatabase.com blog. He said: “I found this amazing side view of a face in a Mars GigaPan photo today. “The detail is fantastic and the ear, nose, eye and forehead all have great detail to the carving.” Apparently lying on
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Atlantis is the fictional island first described by Greek writer Plato in his texts Timaeus and Critias, said to be an antagonist naval power that besieges “Ancient Athens”. In the story, Athens repels the Atlantean attack unlike any other nation of the known world,supposedly giving testament to the superiority of ancient Greece. The story concludes with Atlantis falling out
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Dozens of injured koalas arrive at the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park’s makeshift animal hospital each day in cat carriers, washing baskets or clinging to wildlife carers. Injured in bushfires that have ravaged the wildlife haven off the coast of South Australia state, there are so many marsupials currently requiring urgent treatment that carers don’t have
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Today, astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch are scheduled to conduct the first of three spacewalks in January to finish replacing nickel-hydrogen batteries with new lithium-ion batteries that store power generated by the solar arrays. Assuming today’s work goes as planned, NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan and ESA’s Luca Parmitano will also exit the station on Saturday, January 25, to finish installing the new Alpha
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The idea of life after death has long fascinated humanity, as many are concerned about what happens to our souls when we die. Some religions, including Christianity, teach the essential part of a human’s identity, known as consciousness, continues even after the body does not. Michael Shermer, an American science writer and scientific advisor the American
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Tardigrades are tough little critters. When conditions get nasty, they can dry out, reconfigure their bodies and enter suspended animation – called dessication – for years. You can throw virtually anything at them: frozen temperatures, zero oxygen, high pressures, the vacuum of space, cosmic radiation, and even being boiled.   But new research has shown
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Exhausted firefighters said they had finally brought Australia’s largest “megablaze” under control Monday, as wet weather promised to deliver much-needed respite for countryside ravaged by bushfires.   ​New South Wales firefighters said they finally had the upper hand in the fight against the vast Gospers Mountain fire on Sydney’s northwestern outskirts, which has been burning
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In another lifetime, if they had been allowed to follow their natural development, the stem cells taken from embryonic frogs would have turned into skin and heart tissue within living, breathing animals.   Instead, in configurations designed by algorithms and constructed by humans, those cells have been assembled into something new: the first-ever robots constructed
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Swimming through petroleum-infested waters is not exactly good for a dolphin’s health, and if that dolphin is pregnant, the ramifications are even more dire. Following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2011, successful pregnancies in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) plummeted, mainly from reproductive failures such as foetal mortality, distress and pneumonia, all of which are