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Mystery ‘alien’ radio signal picked up in space

Radio waves in space could be evaporating black holes, alien communication or merging neutron stars<p>A mysterious radio signal which may have come from a black hole, a neutron star or even an alien civilisation, has been picked up by astronomers.<p>Fast radio bursts, which last only milliseconds, are …

Universe

How many giant pandas are there?

China is about to announce the findings of its latest giant panda ‘National Survey’, a once-a-decade census that aims to put a figure on the number of giant pandas left in the wild. Will the figure be accurate?<p>I once heard a story about a young student who landed a doctorate to study giant pandas …

Giant Pandas

Articles about french architect odile decq designs captivating museums yachts and fruit bowls on Dwell.com - Dwell

The award-winning French architect and urban planner discusses the joy of designing across many platforms.<p>The Design Museum London’s annual "Designs of the Year" exhibition acts as a wonderful filter for a year’s worth of production...<p>A French architect and designer makes her saturated mark on …

Alzheimer's Disease

Top Secret Resume Design

A designer from Norway, Vidar Olufsen reinvented the way to apply for a job. In a world where people just send links and emails he decided to take a …

Giraffes in Danger of Extinction: Why Their Numbers Have Dropped

Giraffe numbers are dwindling across Africa because of poaching and habitat loss caused by human population growth, according to wildlife experts, …

UN Official: We Have Only 60 Years Of Farming Left If We Don't Change Our Ways

About a third of the world's soil has already been degraded, Maria-Helena Semedo of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) told a forum marking World Soil Day.<p>The causes of soil destruction include chemical-heavy farming techniques, deforestation which increases erosion, and global warming. …

Did Deadly Gamma-Ray Burst Cause a Mass Extinction on Earth?

A gamma-ray burst, the most powerful kind of explosion known in the universe, may have triggered a mass extinction on Earth within the past billion …

Fears for rare wildlife as oil 'catastrophe' strikes Sundarbans

Environmental officials in India and Bangladesh fear lasting damage will be done to Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest<p>Environmental authorities have been placed on high alert amid fears a major oil spill off India's east coast could threaten the habitats and lives of rare animals …

Bengal

There are only 97 of these adorable porpoises left. In four years there will be none

Not much is known about the vaquita, a sleek mammal unique to the Sea of Cortez, other than that it is the smallest and most endangered porpoise in the world. Scientists believe there are only 97 vaquitas left, and if the population keeps declining at its historical rate of 18.5% a year, the …

Marine Mammals

Earth faces sixth ‘great extinction’ with 41% of amphibians set to go the way of the dodo

Analysis for prestigious Nature magazine sounds alarm on the way that human activity, from overfishing to agriculture, is forcing a vast number of species to vanish from the wild<p>• Northern white rhino’s death leaves just five left in the world<p>A stark depiction of the threat hanging over the world’s …

23 pollinating species in Britain have gone extinct over the last 150 years

It would appear that pollinators in Britain have been declining for a lot longer than researchers realized. Contrary to the belief that local bees …

From Goat Herding to Lion Conservation: The Story of a Samburu Warrior. Part 1

Wildlife<p><i>Meet Jeneria Lekilelei, a young Samburu warrior who comes from the Sasaab area in Westgate Community Conservancy, Samburu, Kenya. Jeneria started working with Ewaso Lions in 2008 as a Lion Scout and has since taken a substantial leadership role in his current position as Field Operations</i> …

Scientists: Human activity has pushed Earth beyond four of nine ‘planetary boundaries’

At the rate things are going, the Earth in the coming decades could cease to be a “safe operating space” for human beings. That is the conclusion of a new paper published Thursday in the journal Science by 18 researchers trying to gauge the breaking points in the natural world.<p>The paper contends …

Climate Change

American's Bid to Take Home Rhino Head Stokes Hunting Debate

Hunters say their permits support conservation, but critics disagree.<p>Is an American hunter who's planning to shoot an endangered black rhino in Africa and who wants to bring its head home as a trophy helping to save the species?<p>It's a question the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is grappling with as …

How Extinction Changed the Coyote

The La Brea asphalt seeps are famous for the predators found entombed there. Dire wolves and the sabercat <i>Smilodon</i> – the site’s mascot – are the exotic Ice Age stars that everyone comes to see. The third most-numerous carnivore found there doesn’t enjoy such celebrity. If you follow the path of the …

Ice Age

How can Australia prevent further extinctions?

Last July, the federal environment minister, Greg Hunt, announced the appointment of Gregory Andrews as Australia’s first Threatened Species …

Scientists say world's marine life threatened with extinction: media roundup | NOLA.com

Humans are on the verge of causing the mass extinction of animals in the world's oceans, according to a groundbreaking scientific study published …

Poachers, Conservationists Use Drones and GPS in Wildlife Battle

LONDON — It's a decades-old war, but conservationists and poachers alike are using 21st century technology like GPS and drones in their fight to protect endangered wildlife on the plains of Africa.<p>Now Namibia, an arid desert country on Africa's southwestern coast that holds half the world's …

Wildlife

Oceans facing wildlife Armageddon: 'We are falling off a mass extinction cliff - but we're not there yet'

The world's oceans are facing a "wildlife Armageddon" if the Industrial Revolution of the sea continues on its current trajectory.<p>That is according …

Day Glow

10 embellished pieces to wear 24/7.<p><b>The Inspiration:</b> Gisele Bundchen in “Kiss the Sky.” Photo by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, styled by Alex White; W Magazine August 2008.

Gisele Bundchen

Star-hop: Pegasus to Andromeda galaxy

Tonight, try star-hopping to the famous Andromeda galaxy – the large spiral galaxy next-door to our Milky Way – from the <i>Great Square of Pegasus</i>. …

Cosmology

Asteroid 2004 BL86 set for close encounter with Earth in January

Measuring a third of a mile across, the asteroid should reach a point three times distance from Earth to the moon, says Nasa<p>An asteroid a third of a mile across will pass close by Earth on 26 January.<p>Codenamed 2004 BL86, the asteroid is expected to reach a point about 745,000 miles from our planet, …

Astronomy

Why Do Zebras Have Stripes? New Study Makes Temperature Connection

Zebras in warmer climates sport more stripes, perhaps to keep them cool or healthy.<p>A leopard may not be able to change its spots, but some zebras change their stripes. Zebras in warmer places have more stripes, a new study shows, which might help answer an age-old question: Why stripes?<p>The answer …