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The lawyers will be as busy as bees. The long-running row over insecticides linked to declines in bee numbers is going to court. Beekeepers and activists are suing the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), saying it should have banned neonicotinoid insecticides.
Large numbers of manatees are dying on both coasts of Florida.
In the southwest, a persistent red tide in the Gulf of Mexico has killed nearly 200 manatees this year. These tides are algal blooms, and occur when microorganisms called dinoflagellates proliferate, staining oceans and releasing toxins into the water and air. Harmful to organisms including fish, manatees, and humans, the toxins attack the nervous system, causing short-term memory loss, paralysis, seizures, and ultimately death.
A British Petroleum representative allegedly rewrote 44 percent of the oil giant's Wikipedia page, including the environmental sections. Some Wikipedia editors are crying foul.
Global warming might be an environmental catastrophe, but countries eyeing the North Pole also see it as an opportunity.
When a cold snap hits and the temperature drops, thereâs nothing to stop it from falling below zero, whether Celsius or Fahrenheit. Either zero is just a mark on a thermometer. But drive a temperature lower and lower, beyond the coldest realms in the Arctic and past those in the most distant reaches of outer space, and eventually you hit an ultimate limit: absolute zero.
For those who are interested, Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code is available as a free download for US and Canada customers until the 24th March. Get it from:
Like bloodhounds on the fading scent of an escaped convict, researchers have tried for decades to trace the ancient footsteps of the first modern humans who left Africa. Even though this exodus was one of the most important events in human evolution, scientists have been unable to pinpoint when and where it began. Now, using ancient DNA for the first time from ancient Europeans such as Ãtzi, the famous Iceman, and from earlier fossils, a team of evolutionary geneticists has dated the start of this legendary journey to less than 95,000 years ago and, possibly, as recently as 62,000 years ago.
The pilot glanced outside his cockpit and froze. He blinked hard and looked again, hoping it was just a mirage. But his co-pilot stared at the same horrible vision.
"My God, this is a nightmare," the co-pilot said.
"He's going to destroy us," the pilot agreed.
But when Brown and his co-pilot, Spencer "Pinky" Luke, looked at the fighter pilot again, something odd happened.
An oblong crystal found in the wreck of a 16th-century English warship is a sunstone, a near-mythical navigational aid said to have been used by Viking mariners, researchers said on Wednesday.
The stone is made of Iceland spar, a transparent, naturally-occurring calcite crystal that polarises light and can get a bearing on the Sun, they said.
OSLO - A pre-Viking woolen tunic found beside a thawing glacier in south Norway shows how global warming is proving something of a boon for archaeology, scientists said on Thursday.
âDrill, baby, drillâ has become a slogan of those who want to produce more oil and gas and who scoff at alternatives to petroleum. But rarely mentioned is the expense required to get that oil and gasâand still more rarely mentioned is the energy required to access those resources.
For a while, Adam Martiny and some of his fellow scientists had suspected something was not right in how researchers understand the oceans. The object of their suspicion was something called the Redfield ratio, a principle stating that, when nutrients are not limiting, ocean microorganisms always have the same ratio of three elements: carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus.
Health minister Anna Soubry said that in order to protect public health farmers, vets and drug companies need to put a stop to the policy.
The drugs are given to livestock as a preventative measure in order to stop diseases from spreading, even when the animals are perfectly healthy.
But the new bugs that emerge are increasingly developing resistance to the antibiotics.
Proposed changes to marriage would open the way for Star Wars Jedi to perform ceremonies, a church has said.
The two continents are generally believed to have been joined together around three million years ago by the formation of a land bridge what is now Panama that sealed up the sea channel between them.
Sugar - given to children by adults, lacing our breakfast cereals and a major part of our fizzy drinks - is the real villain in the obesity epidemic, and not fat as people used to think, according to a leading US doctor who is taking on governments and the food industry.
The late Venezuelan president implied that his enemies gave him cancer. Katherine Belov, an expert on transmissible cancer in Tasmanian devils, says that is unlikelyâbut not impossible
More than a month has passed since archaeologists announced they'd found the bones of Richard III under a parking lot in Leicester, and the headlines have mostly moved on. But for many, the lure of King Richard III is just beginning.
A three year examination of astronomical alignments found in the buildings of Mesoamerican cities has demonstrated the basis of some pre-Columbian rituals.
Archaeologist Francisco SÃ¡nchez Nava, of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), together with archaeoastronomer Ivan Sprajc, from the Centre of Scientific Research of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, jointly developed the project âThe Archaeo-astronomical Properties of Architecture and Urbanism in Mesoamericaâ.
Fossil footprints could provide a skewed view of how ancient animals â including early human ancestors similar to the famous Lucy fossil â walked, new research suggests.
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