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CNN’s Chris Cuomo Rips ‘Trumpers’ For Attacking ‘Kid’ Greta, Twitter Pounces

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo was quick to defend climate activist Greta Thunberg from “Trumpers” who mocked her on Thursday but was quickly reminded about the settlement his network recently made with Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann. At the…

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Marburg virus found in Sierra Leone bats

Scientists have detected Marburg virus in fruit bats in Sierra Leone, marking the first time the deadly virus has been found in West Africa. Eleven Egyptian rousette fruit bats tested positive for active Marburg virus infection. The presence of Marburg virus, a close relative to Ebola virus that also causes hemorrhagic disease in people, was detected in advance of any reported cases of human illness in Sierra Leone.

The skin of the earth is home to pac-man-like protists

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) The most common groups of soil protists behave exactly like Pac-Man: moving through the soil matrix, gobbling up bacteria according to a new article in Science Advances.

What gray hair says about your health

Those first few strands of grays on your head are often not a welcome sight. They’re a sign that we’re getting older, whether they arrive prematurely in our 20s or spare us until we’re in our late 30s. But in…

Blazes flare on New South Wales south coast and in Canberra – as it happened

Before we leave you for the night, let’s briefly recap the day’s events: Three US firefighters were killed on Thursday after their waterbombing plane crashed about 1.30pm while they battled bushfires in southern New South Wales. The cause of the…

Climate Change Could Cause the Next Financial Meltdown – The New York Times

FRANKFURT — Climate change has already been blamed for deadly bush fires in Australia, dying coral reefs, rising sea levels and ever more cataclysmic storms. Could it also cause the next financial crisis? A report issued this week by an…

Global warming could have a negative impact on biodiversity generation processes

(Universidad Pablo de Olavide UPO) An international team led by researchers from Pablo de Olavide University (UPO) and the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) has carried out research that suggests global warming could have a negative impact on the processes that generate biodiversity. This is one of the conclusions of a study that focuses on the causes of the evolutionary success of Carex, one of the worlds’ three largest genera of flowering plants.

Unravelling arthropod genomic diversity over 500 million years of evolution

(Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics) The evolutionary innovations of insects and other arthropods are as numerous as they are wondrous, from terrifying fangs and stingers to exquisitely coloured wings and ingenious feats of engineering. DNA sequencing allows us to chart the genomic blueprints underlying this incredible diversity that characterises the arthropods and makes them the most successful group of animals on Earth.

How old are they? Some non-photosynthetic orchids consist of dead wood

(Kobe University) A research team led by Kobe University’s Associate Professor SUETSUGU Kenji (of the Graduate School of Science’s Department of Biology) has investigated the carbon age in some non-photosynthetic mycoheterotrophic plants. Using the radiocarbon emitted from atmospheric nuclear bomb tests carried out in the 1950s and 1960s as a tracer, they revealed that some mycoheterotrophic orchids are relying on 14C-enriched bomb carbon from dead wood via saprotrophic fungi.

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Here, there and everywhere: Large and giant viruses abound globally

Scientists have uncovered a broad diversity of large and giant viruses that belong to the nucleocytoplasmic large DNA viruses (NCLDV) supergroup. As a result, virus diversity in this group expanded 10-fold from just 205 genomes, redefining the phylogenetic tree of giant viruses.