Four-legged snake ancestor ‘dug burrows’

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  Four-legged snake ancestor ‘dug burrows’ By Jonathan Webb Science reporter, BBC News A 113-million-year-old fossil from Brazil is the first four-legged snake that scientists have ever seen. Several other fossil snakes have been found with hind limbs, but the new find is estimated to be a direct ancestor of … Continue reading

Polar bears fail to adapt to lack of food in warmer Arctic

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  Polar bears fail to adapt to lack of food in warmer Arctic By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent, BBC News Polar bears are unable to adapt their behaviour to cope with the food losses associated with warmer summers in the Arctic. Scientists had believed that the animals would enter a … Continue reading

Watch This Ex-Circus Lion Feel Grass For The First Time

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  Watch This Ex-Circus Lion Feel Grass For The First Time by Morenike Adebayo iflscience.com Let’s face it – we’re all looking forward to retirement and crossing off a lot of firsts from that mounting to-do list. For one lucky ex-circus lion, this meant for the first time feeling grass … Continue reading

Terrifying ‘dementor’ wasp species named for evil spirits from Harry Potter

  Terrifying ‘dementor’ wasp species named for evil spirits from Harry Potter From Treehugger.com By Margaret Badore (@mbadore) Science / Natural Sciences A species of wasp discovered in Thailand has been named for evil spirits invented by J. K. Rowling in her Harry Potter books. In the series, Dementors are … Continue reading

Scientists probe mysterious wave of antelope deaths

Scientists probe mysterious wave of antelope deaths By Rory Galloway BBC Science writer Around half of the world’s critically endangered Saiga antelope have died suddenly in Kazakhstan since 10 May. An unknown environmental trigger is thought to have caused two types of normally benign bacteria found in the antelopes’ gut … Continue reading

Australian student confirms that giant plasma tubes are floating above Earth

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    Australian student confirms that giant plasma tubes are floating above Earth CHRIS PASH, BUSINESS INSIDER Astronomers have for the first time captured visual evidence of the existence of tubular plasma structures in the inner layers of the magnetosphere surrounding the Earth. “For over 60 years, scientists believed these … Continue reading

Children ‘more likely to confide in pets than siblings’

    Children ‘more likely to confide in pets than siblings’ From the BBC By Sean Coughlan Education correspondent Children who are facing adversity, such as illness or parents splitting up, are more likely to confide in their pet than brothers or sisters, according to research. Matt Cassels at Cambridge University says far … Continue reading

The hitchhiking snakes of the Caribbean

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The hitchhiking snakes of the Caribbean BBC By Rob Crossan Aruba For a long time no-one could understand how Aruba’s boa constrictors spread across the island so quickly. Then they realised – the snakes could easily travel miles by hiding under car bonnets and hitching a lift. This might be the … Continue reading

Anti Poaching CSI

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   Anti Poaching CSI   Kenya opens anti-poaching forensic laboratory From the BBC The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has opened a forensic laboratory to boost the fight against poaching. The information gathered should help in prosecuting suspected poachers as cases can collapse because of weak evidence. The laboratory will build … Continue reading

$7 million could save Madagascar’s lemurs

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$7 million could save Madagascar’s lemurs Jeremy Hance mongabay.com Last year, scientists released an emergency three-year plan that they argued could, quite literally, save the world’s lemurs from mass extinction. Costing just $7.6 million, the plan focused on setting up better protections and conservation programs in 30 lemur hotspots. However, … Continue reading