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Almost two-thirds of people believe climate change is a global emergency, UN poll finds

Almost two-thirds of people believe climate change is a global emergency, UN poll finds

Nearly two-thirds of respondents believe that climate change is a “global emergency,” according to a survey of 1.2 million people in dozens of countries around the globe — and many want urgent action to tackle the problem. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which ran the poll with Oxford University, described it as the largest…

Global tally of confirmed coronavirus cases surpasses 100 million

Global tally of confirmed coronavirus cases surpasses 100 million

The world has now surpassed 100 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus. It’s a figure that seemed almost unimaginable 12 months ago, when the first case had only just been confirmed on US soil. A year later, the pandemic shows little sign of loosening its stranglehold on billions of people’s everyday lives. Cases continue to…

These 7 Earth-size exoplanets named after beer may be incredibly similar

These 7 Earth-size exoplanets named after beer may be incredibly similar

Just 40 light-years from Earth is a planetary system that has intrigued scientists since its discovery in 2016. While some of the planets in this system will be observed by the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled to launch in October, researchers continue to uncover new details that make TRAPPIST-1 even more distinct. The planets,…

Dogs likely migrated to the Americas with humans over 15,000 years ago, study says

Dogs likely migrated to the Americas with humans over 15,000 years ago, study says

Dogs have been following humans for thousands of years. Archaeological and genetic data has revealed that dogs accompanied humans when they were migrating to the Americas from East Asia, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Dogs were likely domesticated over 23,000 years ago in Siberia, said…

Colombia’s FARC party is changing its name to ‘Comunes’

Colombia’s FARC party is changing its name to ‘Comunes’

Colombia’s FARC political party, formed after the guerilla group with the same acronym was disbanded, has announced that it is is changing its name to “Comunes,” or “Commons” in English. “I want to inform Colombia and the international community that from today we will bear the name #Comunes, because we are a party of common…

Baby tyrannosaurs were about the same size as a dog, new research shows

Baby tyrannosaurs were about the same size as a dog, new research shows

Tyrannosaurs were fearsome predators in the dinosaur kingdom, but new research shows their hatchlings were about as big as a medium-sized dog. Researchers studying the first-known fossils of tyrannosaur embryos suggest the dinosaurs were approximately three feet long when they hatched, according to a study from the University of Edinburgh, published Monday. A team of…

5 planets found in unusual rhythmic dance around a star 200 light-years away

Astronomers have discovered a planetary system including six planets and it’s not quite like anything they’ve seen before. The system could challenge the theories scientists have about how planets form and change over time. Our solar system is just one of many planetary systems, and so far, no two systems are alike. The systems vary…

Burial ground reveals Stone Age people wore clothing covered in elk teeth

Burial ground reveals Stone Age people wore clothing covered in elk teeth

Elk teeth pendants may have been the jewelry of choice for at least one Stone Age group that lived 8,200 years ago. A Stone Age burial ground on a small Russian island revealed more than 4,300 Eurasian elk teeth pendants found in 84 separate burials. The placement of the pendants in these graves suggests they…

Fossil-hunters think they have found the lair of a giant, predatory, prehistoric worm

Fossil-hunters think they have found the lair of a giant, predatory, prehistoric worm

Scientists think they have discovered the undersea lair of a giant predatory worm that lived on the ocean floor some 20 million years ago and would pounce on unsuspecting marine creatures. Paleontologists from National Taiwan University believe the 6.5-foot-long burrow was once home to a worm-like predator that would surface from the seabed to ambush…

Loyal dog waits for six days outside hospital for her sick owner

Loyal dog waits for six days outside hospital for her sick owner

They say a dog is a man’s best friend — and that was definitely the case for one patient of a hospital in northeastern Turkey, whose loyal pet waited by the entrance for six days until he was discharged. When Cemal Senturk was transferred by ambulance to Medical Park Hospital in Trabzon on January 14,…

Staggering number of wild bee species unaccounted for since the ’90s

There has been an overwhelming drop in the number of wild bee species that are reported in public records over the past 30 years, according to a new study. Researchers looked at bee records in the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, an online biodiversity data collector, and found there were about 25% less bee species reported…

Newly discovered giant galaxies dwarf the Milky Way

Newly discovered giant galaxies dwarf the Milky Way

Our universe may be filled with unseen giants. Astronomers have discovered two giant radio galaxies, which are some of the largest-known objects in the universe. This revelation suggests that the enormous galaxies may be more common than previously believed. The study published Monday in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Astronomers found the…

Biden inherits a raft of global crises (including some unknowns)

Biden inherits a raft of global crises (including some unknowns)

US President Joe Biden’s foreign policy to-do list is long, complicated, and may soon hit speed bumps left by his predecessor. In the past four years, tensions with China and Iran have grown, Russia has gone rogue, North Korea has become a greater nuclear threat and relationships with allies have been damaged. But perhaps the…

Glaciers on Mars reveal the planet’s many ice ages

Glaciers that still exist on the surface of Mars are helping to tell the story of its past. The red planet experienced between six and 20 separate ice ages during the past 300 to 800 million years, a new analysis of glaciers on Mars has revealed. During the last ice age on Earth 20,000 years…