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Scientists call for a Paris-style agreement to save life on Earth

Let’s be honest, the global community’s response to the rising evidence of mass extinction and ecological degradation has been largely to throw crumbs at it. Where we have acted it’s been in a mostly haphazard and modest way — a protected area here, a conservation program there, a few new laws, and …

Habitats

Where have all our insects gone?

We appear to be making tracts of land inhospitable to most forms of life. If we lose insects, it all collapses<p>When Simon Leather was a student in the 1970s, he took a summer job as a postman and delivered mail to the villages of Kirk Hammerton and Green Hammerton in North Yorkshire. He recalls his …

Moths

Faecal transplants ‘could save endangered koala’

Scientists believe they have found a new weapon in the battle to save endangered species: faecal transplants. They say that by transferring faeces from the gut of one animal to another they could boost the health and viability of endangered creatures. In particular, they believe the prospects of …

Fit in my 40s: ‘Tough Mudder is all very army-like’ | Zoe Williams

There are obstacles that you couldn’t even contemplate without a partner, so I made friends<p>Tough Mudder events became famous as the kind of thing that other people did – young people, crazy people, people who liked to run, but who shuddered at the idea of the “fun run”, because fitness shouldn’t be …

‘I pee in the undergrowth. I enjoy being an animal’: Amy Liptrot on her wild, pregnant summer

The writer recalls the lonely early days of her pregnancy, where the natural world became the place she could let it all out<p>What I most remember of the summer of my pregnancy is lying in bed watching the swallows. I was nauseous, suffering weeks of morning sickness, with lethargic afternoons …

Pregnancy

Humans just 0.01% of all life but have destroyed 83% of wild mammals – study

Humankind is revealed as simultaneously insignificant and utterly dominant in the grand scheme of life on Earth by a groundbreaking new assessment of all life on the planet.<p>The world’s 7.6 billion people represent just 0.01% of all living things, according to the study. Yet since the dawn of …

Biomass

'Memory transplant' achieved in snails

<b>Memory transfer has been at the heart of science fiction for decades, but it's becoming more like science fact.</b><p>A team successfully transplanted memories by transferring a form of genetic information called RNA from one snail into another.<p>The snails were trained to develop a defensive reaction.<p>When …

Scientists to grow 'mini-brains' using Neanderthal DNA

Scientists are preparing to create “miniature brains” that have been genetically engineered to contain Neanderthal DNA, in an unprecedented attempt to understand how humans differ from our closest relatives.<p>In the next few months the small blobs of tissue, known as brain organoids, will be grown …

Humanity

Millennials are struggling. Is it the fault of the baby boomers?

The postwar generation, now retiring in luxury, stands accused of a wilful failure to safeguard young people’s interests<p>T he late 1940s were about bombsites, rationing, loss and mourning, but amid the gloom a new generation was emerging. In the grim, grey aftermath of war, children were born on an …

Baby Boomers

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Embedding a Tumblr Blog Into Another Webpage<p><i>by Thomas Lynn</i><p>Tumblr is a microblogging social website designed to allow its users to share and post …

Comstock

The race to document Australia's unknown species

<b>Australian and New Zealand scientists have launched a strategy to locate and preserve a hidden world of undiscovered species. They argue that increased research could bring about profound scientific benefits, but that time is running out, as the BBC's Phil Mercer reports from Sydney.</b><p>It is estimated …

How bacteria are changing your mood

<b>If anything makes us human it's our minds, thoughts and emotions.</b><p>And yet a controversial new concept is emerging that claims gut bacteria are an invisible hand altering our brains.<p>Science is piecing together how the trillions of microbes that live on and in all of us - our microbiome - affect our …

Avoid Gulf stream disruption at all costs, scientists warn

How close the world is to a catastrophic collapse of giant ocean currents is unknown, making halting global warming more critical than ever, scientists say<p>Serious disruption to the Gulf Stream ocean currents that are crucial in controlling global climate must be avoided “at all costs”, senior …

Gulf Stream

More than half your body is not human

<b>More than half of your body is not human, say scientists.</b><p>Human cells make up only 43% of the body's total cell count. The rest are microscopic colonists.<p>Understanding this hidden half of ourselves - our microbiome - is rapidly transforming understanding of diseases from allergy to Parkinson's.<p>The …

Dozen black holes found at galactic centre

<b>A dozen black holes may lie at the centre of our galaxy, the Milky Way, researchers have said.</b><p>A new analysis provides support for a decades-old prediction that "supermassive" black holes at the centres of galaxies are surrounded by many smaller ones.<p>However, previous searches of the Milky Way's …

How DNA can be used to store computer data

British scientists think DNA could be used to solve a global problem - where to store all our data.<p>They have developed a technique to store computer files on DNA code.<p>The BBC's science and technology correspondent Richard Westcott reports.

How to Kill Parasites with Papaya Seeds + An Intestinal Cleanse Smoothie

How to Use Papaya Seeds for Parasites<p>Intestinal parasites are a far more common problem than most people realize. They are also notoriously difficult …

Smoothies

Cockroaches' DNA reveals why they thrive in filthy places

The secrets of the cockroach’s ability to thrive in some of the most disgusting places on Earth have been discovered in its DNA.<p>The American cockroach spread around the world after it was introduced to the US from Africa in the early 16th century. Its population exploded as the insects made …

Adapt or die: How to cope when the bots take your job

<b>Reports that robots, automation and artificial intelligence are going to put millions of us out of work may sound troubling, but should we believe them? That largely depends on whether we're technology optimists or pessimists. In our Future of Work series we look at how jobs might change in the</b> …

Genes have a role in empathy, study says

<b>It helps us to make close connections with people, and influences how we behave in a range of situations, from the workplace to a party.</b><p>Now scientists say empathy is not just something we develop through our upbringing and life experiences - it is also partly inherited.<p>A study of 46,000 people …

No hugging: are we living through a crisis of touch?

Strokes and hugs are being edged out of our lives, with doctors, teachers and colleagues increasingly hesitant about social touching. Is this hypervigilance of boundaries beginning to harm our mental health?<p>When did you last touch someone outside your family or intimate relationship? I don’t mean a …

AI ripe for exploitation, experts warn

<b>Drones turned into missiles, fake videos manipulating public opinion and automated hacking are just three of the threats from artificial intelligence in the wrong hands, experts have said.</b><p>The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence report warns that AI is ripe for exploitation by rogue states, …

Cheating and manipulation: Confessions of a gaslighter

<b>Greg, a Canadian lawyer, is 28 but he's already had 11 serious relationships. He says each of those relationships ended with infidelity, on his part, and severe self-doubt on the part of the women. He is a self-confessed "gaslighter".</b><p>"Looking back it's clear that I was gaslighting the women and …

The Tattooist of Auschwitz - and his secret love

<b>For more than 50 years, Lale Sokolov lived with a secret - one born in the horrors of wartime Europe, in a place that witnessed some of the worst of man's inhumanity to man.</b><p>It would not be shared until he was in his 80s, thousands of miles from that place.<p>Lale had been the Tattooist of …

Oceans suffocating as huge dead zones quadruple since 1950, scientists warn

Areas starved of oxygen in open ocean and by coasts have soared in recent decades, risking dire consequences for marine life and humanity<p>Ocean dead zones with zero oxygen have quadrupled in size since 1950, scientists have warned, while the number of very low oxygen sites near coasts have …

Rules of memory 'beautifully' rewritten

<b>What really happens when we make and store memories has been unravelled in a discovery that surprised even the scientists who made it.</b><p>The US and Japanese team found that the brain "doubles up" by simultaneously making two memories of events.<p>One is for the here-and-now and the other for a lifetime, …

Robot automation will 'take 800 million jobs by 2030' - report

<b>Up to 800 million global workers will lose their jobs by 2030 and be replaced by robotic automation, a new report from a consultancy has found.</b><p>The study of 46 countries and 800 occupations by the McKinsey Global Institute found that up to one-fifth of the global work force will be affected.<p>It said …

Galapagos finches caught in act of becoming new species

<b>A population of finches on the Galapagos has been discovered in the process of becoming a new species.</b><p>This is the first example of speciation that scientists have been able to observe directly in the field.<p>Researchers followed the entire population of finches on a tiny Galapagos island called …

First gene-editing in human body attempt

<b>Gene-editing has been attempted on cells inside a patient, in a world first by doctors in California.</b><p>Brian Madeux, 44 from Arizona, was given the experimental treatment to try to correct a defect in his DNA that causes Hunter's syndrome.<p>Mr Madeux says he was prepared to take part in the trial as he …

The firm that can 3D print human body parts

<b>Erik Gatenholm grins widely as he presses the start button on a 3D printer, instructing it to print a life-size human nose.</b><p>It sparks a frenzied 30-minute burst of energy from the printer, as its thin metal needle buzzes around a Petri dish, distributing light blue ink in a carefully programmed …