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We can only save nature by using it – Responding to Ecomodernism

Last night saw the UK launch of the ‘ecomodernist manifesto’, produced by the US Breakthrough Institute. The manifesto calls on environmentalists to embrace technology in order to save nature. Professor Georgina Mace was one of the speakers. Here, she summarises her argument.<p>It is refreshing and …

Ecology

FYI: Can Anything Move Faster Than Light?

Yes, the universe itself will eventually outpace the speed of light. Just how this will happen is a bit complicated, so let's begin at the very beginning: the big bang. Around 14 billion years ago, all matter in the universe was thrown in every direction. That first explosion is still pushing …

Oldest Decapitated Head in New World Found in ‘Vogue’ Pose

Archaeologists have unearthed the oldest case of decapitation ever found in the New World. The skull belonged to a young man and was buried in Brazil about 9,000 years old, with severed hands covering its face in a mysterious pose—left hand over the right side of the face, fingers pointing up, and …

Your Tooth Enamel Might Have Started As Fish Scales

Smile and say "fish"!<p>Your pearly-white smile has a fishy origin story. And no, we're not referring to your overuse of tooth whitening products. Actual fish were involved, millions of years ago.<p>Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, protecting your teeth from damage. Enamel is only …

Biology

Moon’s near side is its dark side

Moon image via US Naval Observatory<p>Tonight – September 30, 2017 – see if you can make out the dark areas on tonight’s waxing gibbous moon. These …

Astronomy

Architizer

Dinosaur discovery in Alaska: A duck-billed herbivore that didn't fear the snow

In a remote area of northern Alaska, scientists have discovered a duck-billed dinosaur the size of a minibus that roamed above the Arctic Circle roughly 70 million years ago.<p>The newly described herbivore was dubbed <i>Ugrunaaluk kuukpikensis</i> (pronounced oo-GREW-na-luck KOOK-pik-en-sis), which means …

Metropolitan Water District aims to build plant to recycle sewage into drinking water

For more than 80 years, the Metropolitan Water District has paved the way for Southern California's epic growth by securing water from hundreds of miles away.<p>This week, the mammoth agency said it wants to invest closer to home in what would be one of the world's largest plants to recycle sewage …

Meteorite from birth of solar system to go on display

The Natural History Museum, London, will be displaying a piece of the Ivuna meteorite, which dates back some 4.6bn years to before the Earth was formed<p>An extremely rare meteorite that has the same make-up as the primordial solar system goes on public display for the first time on Friday at the …

Meteorites

First seed withdrawal from 'doomsday' vault prompted by Syrian civil war

Scientists are preparing to make the first ever withdrawal from the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a seed bank built in an abandoned Arctic coal mine that's designed to preserve crops and plants in the event of global disaster. The civil war in Syria has prompted the withdrawal, with researchers in …

Middle East

These Nazi bombs are more dangerous now than ever before

Thousands of World War II bombs still lurk underground – and they’re even more dangerous now than in the 1940s, making defusing a risky, delicate process. Jon Excell investigates.<p>In August, construction workers in east London unearthed a terrifying relic from World War II: an unexploded 500lb …

War

Where the fashion world dines during Milan Fashion Week

With Milan Menswear Week Spring/Summer 2017 upon us, what better excuse to sample the best gastronomic addresses the city has to offer? The Vogue.fr …