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First stars appeared 100m years later than thought, research finds

The first stars twinkled into life some 100m years later than was previously thought, research suggests.<p>Data from the European Space Agency’s Planck telescope indicates that star formation began about 550m years after the big bang that gave birth to the universe.<p>Before that time, described as the …

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Leaves In Chernobyl Area Are Decaying Unusually Slowly

They just linger in a thick layer on the forest floor.<p>Strange to say, fallen logs, leaf litter and other forest debris doesn't decay as quickly around Chernobyl's most affected areas as it does elsewhere, <i>Smithsonian</i> reports. When scientists set out to study the phenomenon, they found that lingering …

Endangered rhinos may be moved to Australia as ‘insurance’

Dozens of South African rhinos could be moved to Australia in a last-ditch bid to save them from rampant poaching and create an “insurance” population for the species.<p>Businessmen Ray Dearlove and Allan Davies, founders of the Australian Rhino Project, are in discussions with Taronga Zoo to support …

Conservation news - Environmental science and conservation news

by Sue Palminteri 21 June 2018<p>A team of scientists and remote-sensing specialists have combined their years of experience monitoring changes in …

Conservation news - Environmental science and conservation news

by Mongabay.com 19 June 2018<p>In July of last year, a 5,800-square-kilometer (2,239-square-mile) block of ice broke off of the Larsen Ice Shelf in …

First Ever Fatwa Issued Against Wildlife Trafficking

Invoking the Koran, Indonesia's top clerical body declares wildlife trafficking to be forbidden.<p>Indonesia's top Muslim clerical body has issued a fatwa, or edict, against illegal wildlife trafficking.<p><b>This unprecedented step by the Indonesian Council of Ulama, in the country with the world's largest</b> …

Tiny rotating 'pinwheels' may clarify origin of life - Futurity

Making nanoparticles spin gets them to arrange themselves into "living rotating crystals" that could work as a nanopump or even clarify the origin of …

Earth's Oldest Crust Dates to 4.4 Billion Years Ago

Earth's oldest known piece of continental crust dates to the era of the moon's formation.<p>Australia holds the oldest continental crust on Earth, researchers have confirmed, hills some 4.4 billion years old.<p>For more than a decade, geoscientists have debated whether the iron-rich Jack Hills of western …

Winter Blahs Got You Down? 'Crowboarding' Video Can Help

With parts of the U.S. engulfed once more in a polar vortex that has brought crippling winter storms to large swaths of the country, it might seem that this winter will never end.<p>If the snow and ice have cramped your style, you might take cues from a clever crow that has a taste for winter …

Is Planet Earth Under New Management?

A hundred million years from now, when we're all dead and gone, a team of geologists will be digging in a field somewhere ...<p>... and they will discover, buried in the rocks below, a thin layer of sediment — very thin, about the width of a cigarette paper, says British stratigrapher Jan Zalasiewicz. …

Sriracha Chemistry: How Hot Sauces Perk Up Your Food And Your Mood

Anyone who has ever drizzled, doused or — heck — drenched their food with Sriracha knows the hot sauce can make almost any dish taste better.<p>But could these spicy condiments also make us a little happier?<p>The science geeks over at the American Chemical Society made a little video that breaks down …

Google Launches Site That Tracks Deforestation in Near Real-Time

Google has announced a new website that monitors deforestation in near real-time. The site, Global Forest Watch, using satellite imagery to detect …

Over The Past 60 Years, A Reef Island Has Grown Out Of The Sea

It is now stable and vegetated. Great job, island!<p>How old are you? Are you of retirement age yet? If so, in your lifetime, an island has been reborn, sand grain by sand grain.<p>Between 1945 and 2010, a sediment deposit in the Pacific Ocean grew to become a "fully vegetated and stable island," two …

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The Return of the Polar Vortex Is Actually a Good Thing

Just when you thought it was safe to go outside again, the polar vortex is back, blasting the Midwest and eastern half of the U.S with very cold …

The best science and technology pictures of the week

The most stunning science and technology pictures of the week, including iced-up airliners and violent activity on the Sun.<p><b>More galleries</b><p>Dancing F-16s and a view of the Universe<p>A rocket’s slow crawl and a spectacular volcano<p>A lion's check up and a brain sculpture<p>Leaping whales and fierce …

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Writer proves that Discovery aired fake image of Megalodon shark

English author and <i>Guardian</i> columnist George Monbiot has accused Discovery Channel of faking a photograph of a long-extinct shark for a dramatized documentary called <i>Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives</i>. After noticing that the sepia-toned "photograph" of a shark above bore all the signs of a hoax, …

Venus has planet-sized space weather explosions

Scientists like to compare Earth and Venus. What happened differently at Venus to make it so harsh and inhospitable? These space weather explosions …

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