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Biodiversity now below critical level

July 20th, 2016 (02:51 pm)
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The diversity of life across much of Earth has plunged below ‘safe’ levels

In an ambitious study that represents the latest merger between big data approaches and the quest to conserve the planet, scientists have found that across a majority of the Earth’s land surface — including some of its most important types of terrain and its most populous regions — the abundance or overall number of animals and plants of different species has fallen below a “safe” level identified by biologists.

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Games of Throlls

June 25th, 2016 (12:08 am)
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Zootopia: liberal propaganda. And I love it!

June 15th, 2016 (08:52 am)
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Review: ‘Zootopia’ Is A Perfect Example Of Why We Should Take Kids’ Movies Seriously

Zootopia possesses all the wit and charm of The Flinstones and Monsters Inc — films that built worlds adjacent to our own but delightfully adapted to fit a crazy range of citizens. Scale is used as a punch line and provocateur — the whip-snap of the camera as it jumps to include both elephants and mice continually raises a laugh, while begging the question — why is our expectation of perspective always set to the middle-sized majority? Typical animal behaviours play for gags while tugging at our assumptions. Why can’t a bunny be tough? Really, all foxes are untrustworthy? “Are you saying because he’s a sloth he can’t be fast?”

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A step in the right direction

June 4th, 2016 (08:45 am)
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'Universal cancer vaccine’ breakthrough claimed by experts

Researchers have found a way to persuade the body's immune system to attack tumours – and it is largely free from side effects.

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What is wrong with some people...

June 1st, 2016 (01:27 pm)
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'Suicide by lion': Man strips naked and jumps into a Chilean zoo's enclosure in a bid to feed himself to a big cat

The 20-year-old man was left gravely injured in the Santiago Zoo incident
Witnesses were horrified as keepers killed two lions during the attack
They also reported that the man made religious proclamations at the time
A suicide note was found in the man's clothing. He is recovering in hospital

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Jokes for nerds...

May 21st, 2016 (12:10 am)
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The haves and have nots of clean air

May 19th, 2016 (10:03 am)
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Air pollution worst in developing world

Improving air quality for low-income nations would not only improve public health for millions of people, but would also help alleviate global greenhouse gas woes.

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Re: Oathbreaker

May 10th, 2016 (05:05 pm)
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...Another fantastic episode in a season that promises to be full of them.

And not just fantastic, but fast, just like last week’s episode. This season seems to belong to an entirely different version of Game of Thrones, where all five of George R.R. Martin’s books were squeezed into two or three preposterously jam-packed seasons. ...It’s as if the show were rebelling against the stately pace of its source material; it’s as if the show itself was angry, and has decided to vent its anger by running full tilt toward its endgame. By the gods is it entertaining to watch.

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Special days for caring?

April 22nd, 2016 (09:12 am)
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It's Earth Day, but people should care every day

So what are you doing on this Earth Day? Probably nothing. But act locally and cultivate, as it were, a deeper appreciation of the Earth. Not for a day, but a lifetime.

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Poor Neanderthals...

April 13th, 2016 (09:00 am)
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Our human ancestors infected Neanderthals with herpes, tuberculosis, tapeworm

Herpes is forever — and has been for a long, long time.

Humans migrating out of Africa may have spread the genital herpes virus, as well as tuberculosis, tapeworm and other diseases, to Neanderthals in Europe and Asia more than 50,000 years ago.

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