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NASA: Earth’s ozone hole shrivels to smallest since 1988

NASA: Earth's ozone hole shrivels to smallest since 1988

Measurements from satellites this year showed the hole in Earth’s ozone layer that forms over Antarctica each September was the smallest observed since 1988, scientists from NASA and NOAA announced today. According to NASA, the ozone hole reached its peak extent on Sept. 11, covering an area about two and a half times the size of the United States – ... Read More »

Apple fans queue for iPhone X launch in Russia

Russians Apple fans queue outside stores for iPhone X

Russians who snapped up the new iPhone X devices following Friday’s launch have already started reselling them on the internet. “Since eight in the morning, those who got the brand new iPhone X devices from the Apple Store and official retailers, have already presented around 50 of them on the Yula free ads website,”. “The average price for the 125GB ... Read More »

Anthropologists identify third new orangutan species in Indonesia

Researchers identify third new orangutan species in Indonesia

Sumatra A new species of orangutan has been identified, and at the same time classified as one of the planet’s most endangered great apes. With only around 800 remaining individuals occuring in upland forest regions of North Sumatra. Two species of Indonesian orangutans had previously been officially described and recognized – the Pongo abelii, living on the island of Sumatra, and ... Read More »

Whatsapp down, not working for users worldwide, including canada

Whatsapp down, not working for users worldwide, including canada

The Facebook owned messaging app, WhatsApp, crashed earlier today around the world. DownDetector, a website which tracks connectivity of websites and online servers, indicated that major problems are currently spreading across Europe. It claimed that the outages first started at approximately 7:10. There has been no official confirmation from WhatsApp. Read More »

Human brain not as exceptional as thought, says new research

Human brain not as exceptional as thought, says new research

While it has been long assumed that humans commit more energy to powering their brains than other animals, researchers have now determined this is not the case. It turns out that some animals, such as the tiny pygmy marmoset, dedicate just as much energy to their brains as people do. Published in the Journal of Human Evolution, Doug Boyer and ... Read More »

Research: Are cities affecting evolution?

Study: Are cities affecting evolution?

The recent uproar about seats on a British Airways flight crawling with bedbugs is only one of the unintended consequences that urbanization worldwide has on evolution, say Marc Johnson, an associate professor of biology at the University of Toronto Mississauga, and Jason Munshi-South, who is an associate professor of biological sciences at Fordham University. “As we build cities, we have ... Read More »

Climate Change Could Decrease Sun’s Ability To Disinfect Lakes (Research)

Climate Change Could Decrease Sun's Ability To Disinfect Lakes, Says New Study

A new research published in journal Scientific Reports has revealed another harmful effect of climate change. Increasing organic runoff as a result of climate change may be reducing the penetration of pathogen-killing ultraviolet (UV) sunlight in inland lakes, rivers, and coastal waters, according to a new study in the journal Scientific Reports. The findings, from a team including researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic ... Read More »

Dinosaur-killing asteroid cooled Earth more than thought, scientists say

Asteroid That Killed Dinosaurs Also Made Earth Freezing, Researchers Say

The Chicxulub asteroid impact that many believed wiped out the dinosaurs released far more climate-altering gas into the atmosphere than originally thought, researchers have revealed. It reveals for the first time how much sulfur and carbon dioxide gas was ejected into Earth’s atmosphere from vaporized rocks immediately after the event – triggering a ‘superwinter’. “Many climate models can’t currently capture ... Read More »

Aliens Could Be More Similar To Us than Thought, According to Study

Aliens Could Be More Similar To Us than Thought, According to Study

Sci-fi fans may think aliens from outer space would resemble little green men or large monstrous creatures – but new research suggests they may be more like us than we realise. For the first time, experts are using Darwin’s evolutionary theory to make predictions about extra-terrestrial life, hoping to glean new insights and patterns about its potential behaviour. In a ... Read More »