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These animals survived the bushfires, and they need human help more than ever

[embedded content] Australia’s devastating bushfires have decimated millions of animals across the country, with many more still affected. Humane Society International (HSI) is one of many organizations helping during the crisis. They are building temporary shelters and delivering water, food…

How Chinese opera masks compare to spider evolution

(University of Cincinnati) University of Cincinnati biology student Jenny Yi-Ting Sung is applying analytical tools normally associated with studying evolution to examine Chinese opera masks. So far she has found surprising parallels in the significance of color and pattern in nature and in Jing masks.

World’s first public database of mine tailings dams aims to prevent deadly disasters

(GRID-Arendal) GRID-Arendal has launched the Global Tailings Portal, a new public, searchable database with detailed information on more than 1,700 mine tailings dams around the world. The data are based on disclosures provided by mining companies following a request from the Church of England Pensions Board and the Swedish National Pension Funds’ Council of Ethics. The portal is designed to be used by scientists, governments, insurers, the finance community, the mining industry, media, and civil society.

Ignore the Fake Climate Debate – The Wall Street Journal

Protesters in Rome hold a banner showing climate activist Greta Thunberg, March 2019. Photo: Andreas SOLARO/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images By Ted Nordhaus Jan. 23, 2020 11:10 am ET Beyond the headlines and social media, where Greta Thunberg, Donald Trump and the…

In Davos, Facts Trump Climate Fears

The US President Donald Trump was the clear winner at the World Economic Forum at Davos, despite the best efforts of climate doomsayers. The theme for the World Economic Forum in Davos this week is “Stakeholders for a Cohesive and…

Davos Doomsters Herald A New Dark Age For Climate Science

There is something sinister in the stiff mountain air at Davos this year. As ever, the spectacle is almost burlesque in its grotesqueness: the world’s elite has descended on the luxury ski resort in their private jets to discuss global…

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…

Researchers discover 4 new walking sharks

[embedded content] “Jaws” portrayed sharks as man-hunting villains. “Sharknado” imagined a world where they attack from twisters. But in the real world, sharks are much more complex. Now, researchers have discovered new species of sharks that have evolved to walk,…

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.