Month: August 2018

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First, New Zealand declared war on dirty-clawed predators – stoats, rats, weasels – and there was little to be missed. But as the fight comes to the kitties, some owners are paws-sitively outraged.   New Zealand’s efforts to protect its most rarefied creatures are turning to a measure that has rattled many cat owners: banning
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Goats can tell the difference between our human facial expressions – and they would rather interact with happy, smiling people, a new study suggests. For people who own and love goats, this probably isn’t a huge surprise, but it’s the first scientific evidence of how goats read human emotional expressions, demonstrating that it’s not just
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We now have direct proof that ancient insects were also prey to horrifying parasitoids. Scientists painstakingly studyied 1,510 fossilised fly pupae from the Palaeogene, and discovered tiny fossilised wasp larvae inside 55 of them.   Together, they include four new species that were previously unknown to science. Endoparasitoid wasps, conceptually, are some of the creatures that
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Six years after the strange, elusive Higgs boson particle was discovered, scientists working with the world’s largest particle accelerator have finally observed its mysterious, yet most common, decaying process.   Using data from the Large Hadron Collider, physicists caught the boson decaying into two smaller particles – a bottom quark and its antimatter equivalent, an
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As Europe wilts in the sweltering, record-breaking harshness of summer 2018, strange things are happening. Mysterious outlines of ancient societies have revealed themselves across the seared landscape, but it’s not just traces of ghostly architecture resurfacing. So too are grim words of warning.   Inscribed boulders known as ‘hunger stones’ are reappearing in Czechia after