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Biologists think 50% of species will be facing extinction by the end of the century

Scientists at Vatican conference are searching for a solution to the manmade ‘major extinction event’<p>One in five species on Earth now faces extinction, and that will rise to 50% by the end of the century unless urgent action is taken. That is the stark view of the world’s leading biologists, …

Biodiversity

Cybersecurity Expert: Proof Russia Behind DNC, Podesta Hacks

Eric Chien, a leading cybersecurity expert at Symantec, discusses the Showtime doc ‘Zero Days,’ how he uncovered the Stuxnet cyberattack on Iran, the …

Is Israel’s Big New Find for Real?

A piece of recently found papyrus is said to prove that Jerusalem was the center of a kingdom thousands of years ago. But the timing of its discovery …

What the election outcome will really mean for climate and energy

<i>This story has been updated.</i><p>You haven’t heard it much in the media, but this election is likely to have large consequences for how the United States, and perhaps the world, addresses climate change. And that is simply because the candidates’ positions contrast sharply on the matter, and because the …

Here’s how much of the Arctic you’re personally responsible for melting

Dirk Notz calculates that for every person who drives a car 2,500 miles or takes a round-trip flight from New York to London, three square meters (about 32 square feet) of sea ice vanishes from the Arctic.<p>Researchers have long documented that human-fueled carbon dioxide emissions contribute to the …

These bionic spinach plants can sniff out bombs

MIT researchers have engineered a bionic plant that can detect explosives and send a warning signal — without wires! — to scientists nearby.<p>Talk about spinach as superfood, Popeye!<p>In a new paper in the journal Nature Materials, the scientists explain how they can turn plants into bomb-sniffing …

Why Windows hack is being blamed on Russia-linked group

<b>Microsoft's Windows chief has accused a notorious group of hackers - previously linked to Russia - of making use of an unpatched flaw in its operating system.</b><p>Terry Myerson said Strontium was exploiting the bug to infect PCs in order to get access to potentially sensitive data.<p>Strontium is also …

New twist explains how a single giant impact could blast the moon into being

Four-and-a-half billion years ago, something humongous sideswiped our planet. The debris from the collision was tossed into the sky and eventually coalesced into a brand-new body that began following Earth around its orbit, mimicking Earth's spin as it circled tightly around it. Gradually, like a …

UK must retaliate against cyber-attacks says chancellor

<b>The UK must be able to retaliate in kind against cyber-attacks, the chancellor has said.</b><p>Philip Hammond added that hostile "foreign actors" were developing techniques that threaten the country's electrical grid and airports.<p>The warning came within a speech describing how the government plans to …

Ancient humans may have killed off cave lions to turn them into carpets

One of history's most formidable carnivores — the massive, mane-less cave lion that prowled the forests of Canada and Europe until the end of the last ice age — may have met its demise as a decorative throw rug.<p>According to a study published this week in the journal PLOS One, 16,000-year-old cave …

HIV Patient Zero cleared by science

<b>One of the most demonised patients in history - Gaetan Dugas - has been convincingly cleared of claims he spread HIV to the US, say scientists.</b><p>Mr Dugas, a homosexual flight attendant, gained legendary status in the history of HIV/Aids when he became known as Patient Zero.<p>But a study, in the journal …

World's largest marine protected area declared in Antarctica

<b>Delegates from 24 countries and the European Union have agreed that the Ross Sea in Antarctica will become the world's largest marine protected area (MPA).</b><p>Some 1.57m sq km (600,000 sq miles) of the Southern Ocean will gain protection from commercial fishing for 35 years.<p>Environmentalists have …

Angela Merkel wants Facebook and Google's secrets revealed

<b>Angela Markel has said that the way search engines and social networks like Google and Facebook choose what people see online should be made public.</b><p>The German chancellor said the secrecy around the algorithms used by online platforms threatened open debate.<p>Without greater scrutiny, many people …

Tesla shows off solar roof tiles

<b>Roof tiles with built-in solar panels have been unveiled by Tesla chief executive Elon Musk.</b><p>The tiles, made from glass, are intended to be a more attractive way to add solar panels to homes, compared with currently-used solar technology.<p>The launch took place in Universal Studios, Los Angeles, on …

Ancient burials suggest a history of blood feuds, brutality and revenge

Skeletons can tell stories.<p>In the Sonoran Desert, a body laid gently on its side, its arms crossed, its knees bent toward its chest, tells the story of someone who was loved and respected, whose community mourned her once she was gone.<p>But James Watson is interested in bones that suggest a different …

CO2 levels mark 'new era' in the world's changing climate

<b>Levels of CO2 in the atmosphere have surged past an important threshold and may not dip below it for "many generations".</b><p>The 400 parts per million benchmark was broken globally for the first time in recorded history in 2015.<p>But according to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), 2016 will …

What El Niño can teach us about the way climate change drives infectious disease

Many scientists agree that climate change will likely influence the spread of infectious diseases, from mosquito-borne illnesses like Zika to the bacteria found in contaminated food and water. It’s a relationship that’s largely been studied in developing nations, where the cumulative effects of …

Your Neanderthal DNA might actually be doing you some good

Most human genomes harbor small fragments of Neanderthal DNA, the legacy of prehistoric hanky-panky between our ancestors and their hominid cousins.<p>For the most part, that inheritance has been detrimental. Research suggests that as much as 10 percent of the human genome was inherited from archaic …

Evolution

Is this what's behind the Bermuda Triangle mystery?

A Science Channel report found hexagon-shaped "air bombs" over the Bermuda Triangle. The report suggests "air bombs" are capable of bringing down planes and ships.

Bermuda

The Surprise Inside Secret Chambers

Archaeologists got the media in a frenzy this week over the discovery of a possible secret chamber in the Great Pyramid of Giza. But what exactly did …

Treasure Trove of Ancient Human Footprints Found Near Volcano

Hundreds of crisscrossing tracks offer a glimpse of life in Africa around 19,000 years ago.<p>Nine miles from the volcano the Maasai call the “Mountain of God,” researchers have cataloged a spectacularly rare find: an enormous set of well-preserved human footprints left in the mud between 5,000 and …

‘Internet of Things’ compounded Friday’s hack of major websites

A key part of the Internet's infrastructure was hit by a series of attacks Friday, causing major services such as Twitter, Spotify and PayPal to be inaccessible for many users around the world.<p>The attacks targeted Dyn, a company that helps people connect to websites, with a huge amount of traffic …

Why Today’s Attacks on the Internet Are Just the Start

Thanks to powerful new botnets, hackers now have the ability to knock major companies—even whole countries—offline.<p>Back in September Bruce Schneier, …

The Sun's Mysterious Tilt Gets A Surprising Explanation

Astronomers point to Planet Nine.<p>For more than a century and a half, astronomers have known that the sun is tilted.<p>That is, the sun rotates on an axis that isn’t quite perpendicular to the orbits of Earth and the other major planets ― all of which lie in the same plane because all formed out of a …

Here’s Why Your Favorite Sites And Services Haven't Been Working

Hackers co-opted web cameras and home routers in a massive attack that disrupted access to Twitter, Spotify and Netflix.<p>The widespread disruption experienced across the internet on Friday was likely caused by hackers who launched a massive attack with web cameras and other smart devices, experts …

The mysterious ‘Planet Nine’ might be causing the whole solar system to wobble

Astronomers can't see “Planet Nine.” But it makes its presence known.<p>The massive hypothetical object, which supposedly looms at the edge of our solar system, has been invoked to explain the strange clustering of objects in the Kuiper belt and the unusual way they orbit the Sun.<p>Now Planet Nine …

Cave paintings reveal clues to mystery Ice Age beast

<b>Cave art from the Ice Age has helped solve the mysterious origins of Europe's largest land mammal.</b><p>The modern European bison, now found only in protected reserves, once roamed widely on the continent.<p>Studies of ancient DNA show the bison arose from interbreeding between the extinct steppe bison and …

Trump's Twitter debate lead was 'swelled by bots'

<b>More than four times as many tweets were made by automated accounts in favour of Donald Trump around the first US presidential debate as by those backing Hillary Clinton, a study says.</b><p>The bots exaggerated support for the Republican, it suggests, but Trump would still have won a higher number of …

The Paris climate agreement is entering into force. Now comes the hard part.

The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to ratify the Paris climate accord, a move that will make the sweeping international agreement a legal reality long before even those who negotiated it expected.<p>“We made the deal in Europe, and we make it a reality in Europe,” Miguel Arias …