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Gazans struggle to protect antiquities from neglect, looting

In this July 16, 2019 photo, an ancient bust of King David is displayed inside the historical Pasha Palace run by Gaza’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, in Gaza City. Gaza was a major trade route between Egypt and the Levant for thousands of years, but decades of uprisings, war and political turmoil have inflicted […]

Medication in the environment affects feeding behavior of fish

Credit: Erik Baatrup Scientists are increasingly warning that prescription drugs can affect wildlife and ecosystems when they find their way into the environment. In a new Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry study, investigators found that the anxiety and depression drug Escitalopram—at concentrations similar to those measured in the environment—can inhibit fish foraging and eating behavior. Interestingly, […]

Hordes of Earth’s toughest creatures may now be living on Moon

Credit: CC0 Public Domain There might be life on the Moon after all: thousands of virtually indestructible creatures that can withstand extreme radiation, sizzling heat, the coldest temperatures of the universe, and decades without food. These terrifying-sounding beings aren’t aliens but instead microscopic Earthlings known as tardigrades, who likely made it out alive following a […]

Cooperation with high status individuals may increase one’s own status

Two Tsimane men returning from a hunt. Credit: Chris von Rueden Seeking social status is a central human motivation. Whether it’s buying designer clothing, working the way up the job ladder, or making a conspicuous donation to charity, humans often seek and signal social status. Human cooperation and competition aren’t mutually exclusive, they are two […]

Meet ‘Hercules’—the giant parrot that dwarfs its modern cousins

Reconstruction of the giant parrot Heracles, dwarfing a bevy of 8cm high Kuiornis — small New Zealand wrens scuttling about on the forest floor. Credit: Dr Brian Choo, Flinders University Australasian palaeontologists have discovered the world’s largest parrot, standing up to 1m tall with a massive beak able to crack most food sources. The new […]

Animal collectives like ants should move through their environment like ‘savvy gamblers’

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Many animals have to move around in their environment to find resources to live and reproduce. Scientists have studied particular examples of this for many years but there are not many unifying frameworks to understand the general organising principles of animal movement. This is especially true for animal collectives like ant […]

NASA finds tropical storm Francisco in the Korea strait

On Aug. 6, 2019 at 1217 a.m. EDT (0417 UTC). the AIRS instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite analyzed cloud top temperatures of Tropical Storm Francisco in infrared light. AIRS found coldest cloud top temperatures (purple) of strongest thunderstorms were as cold as or colder than minus 63 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 53 degrees Celsius). Credit: NASA […]

Calcium levels in freshwater lakes declining in Europe and North America

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A new global study of how calcium concentrations are changing in freshwater lakes around the world has revealed that in widespread areas in Europe and eastern North America, calcium levels are declining towards levels that can be critically low for the reproduction and survival of many aquatic organisms. The decline of […]