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17 great quotes from 'A Christmas Story'

For many kids, there was that one Christmas where they just wished and wished for a special present … but Santa had other ideas. But the holidays were still filled with family, friends and lots of cheer. That’s the happy…

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The planet faces a climate emergency – but activists need to strap in for the long haul | Alice Bell

Here we go. A nip in the air, the Christmas lights are up, Black Friday deals are still hanging around, and it is time once again for another international climate conference. The COP, or conference of the parties to give…

US Still in Fight Against Global Warming, Pelosi Declares – VOA News

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the United States “is still in” the fight against climate change despite U.S. President Donald Trump pulling the U.S. out of the 2015 Paris agreement. Pelosi is leading a delegation of congressional Democrats to…

Scientists discover 'monster' black hole that 'should not even exist'

Scientists describe black holes in a variety of ways. They can be supermassive, wormholes bending time, microscopic in size or even nurturing. But the latest discovery described a “monster” black hole, heads turned across the astronomy and cosmology communities. Until…

EU’s Carbon Border Tax Will Damage Climate-Fighting Efforts, China Says

Proposals by the European Union to establish a “carbon border tax” will damage the global community’s willingness to take joint action against climate change, China said on Wednesday. The EU’s new climate commissioner, Frans Timmermans, said in October that research would begin…

Researchers say animal-like embryos preceded animal appearance

(Chinese Academy of Sciences Headquarters) Animals evolved from single-celled ancestors before diversifying into 30-40 distinct anatomical designs. When and how animal ancestors made the transition from single-celled microbes to complex multicellular organisms is unclear. But a new scientific study suggests animal-like embryological traits developed long before animals themselves.

New Cretaceous mammal fossil sheds light on evolution of middle ear

(Chinese Academy of Sciences Headquarters) Researchers from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) have reported a new species of multituberculate — a type of extinct Mesozoic rodent — with well-preserved middle ear bones from the Cretaceous Jehol Biota of China.