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Game of Thrones honoured in new classification of pterosaur

George RR Martin is celebrating after a palaeontologist, who named a new genus of pterosaur after the dragons of House Targaryen, agreed with him that dragons should have two, rather than four, legs. The fossilised bones of Targaryendraco wiedenrothi, which lived 130m years ago, were discovered by

Shake it, baby! NASA robotic lander confirms quakes on Mars

NASA’s robotic InSight lander has for the first time established that Mars is seismically active, but do not call the shaking, rattling and rolling taking place on the Red Planet earthquakes. The proper term, fittingly, is marsquakes.Scientists said on Monday the InSight lander, which touched

African fish may hold key to stopping ageing in humans

A study into African turquoise killifish has revealed the secrets behind a biological phenomenon that presses pause on the development of embryonic life – findings that have potential implications for human ageing. Species such as the killifish can place themselves in a state of “suspen

In Mexico's cradle of corn, climate change leaves its mark

At least 9,000 years ago, humans began domesticating corn for the first time near Tehuacan, in the central Mexican state of Puebla, laying the foundation for permanent settlements in the Americas.But in the past few years, more frequent and longer droughts have forced many farmers in the area to giv

Super-Size Solar Farms Are Taking Over the World

As costs come down, developers are going for even more scale–like 550 football fields of scale.All of a sudden, solar energy is huge. As many of the world’s major governments and corporations move to transition the global power supply away from fossil fuels, developers are transforming

Spacewatch: Solar Orbiter sends first data back to Earth

The European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter has completed the first critical stage of its mission. Launched on 10 February from Cape Canaveral, Florida, the spacecraft has sent back its first readings after the deployment of its 4.4 metre-long boom arm. Made of titanium and carbon fibre, the bo

Japanese data on cruise ship coronavirus infections backs quarantine strategy

Newly released data from a Japanese research institute appears to back the government’s case that its quarantine strategy for the Diamond Princess cruise ship was successful in stemming contagion of the coronavirus among passengers. Japan has been criticised for its handling of the quarantine

Doctors look to HIV and Ebola drugs for coronavirus cure

Doctors are likely to know within two to three weeks whether drugs being used to treat patients infected with the new coronavirus are working, according to the World Health Organization. The timetable for early results from two trials taking place in China is short but feasible because of the large

Robots, clocks and computers: How Ancient Greeks got there first

A humanoid figure dressed as a maid holds a jug in its right hand and, as hidden gears click and whirr, lifts it and pours wine into a cup a bystander has placed into the palm of its left.The robot is a recreation of the automatic servant of Philon, designed more than 2,200 years ago by a Greek engi

Scientists find evidence of 'ghost population' of ancient humans

Scientists have found evidence for a mysterious “ghost population” of ancient humans that lived in Africa about half a million years ago and whose genes live on in people today. Traces of the unknown ancestor emerged when researchers analysed genomes from west African populations and fo

Astronomers to sweep entire sky for signs of extraterrestrial life

Astronomers will sweep the entire sky for signs of extraterrestrial life for the first time, using 28 giant radio telescopes in an unprecedented hunt for alien civilisations. The project is a collaboration between the privately-funded Seti Institute and the Very Large Array observatory in New Mexic

Car-sized prehistoric South American turtle was built for battle

One of the largest turtles that ever lived prowled the lakes and rivers of northern South America from about 13 million years ago to 7 million years ago - and this car-sized freshwater beast was built for battle.Scientists said on Wednesday they have unearthed new fossils of the turtle, called Stupe

Latest solar probe to get first close up of the sun's polar regions

A new spacecraft built jointly by U.S. and European space agencies is ready for a blazing journey to the sun to capture an unprecedented view of its two poles, an angle that could help researchers understand how the star’s vast bubble of magnetic energy affects Earth.The Solar Orbiter spacecra

What's the weather like in space? A new mission seeks to find out

On the morning of 1 September 1859, the English astronomer Richard Carrington noticed something strange on the surface of the sun: two patches of intensely white light erupting from a cluster of dark sunspots. Five minutes later, they vanished. Later that night, bright aurora lit the Earth’s

At Davos, innovative products point to a sustainable future

You can also find all manner of strange and intriguing products on display from biodegradable plastic made from algae to wallpaper made from recycled corn husks. One stand titled “How do you design a tree?” is part of a conservation effort where a single tree is designed to bear 40 diff

World needs to prepare for ‘millions of refugees’ due to climate change - UN

, Davos, Switzerland - The world needs to prepare for a surge in refugees with potentially millions of people being driven from their homes by the impact of climate change, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said on Tuesday . Speaking to Reuters at the World Economic Forum, Filippo G

The Mummy Speaks! Hear Sounds From the Voice of an Ancient Egyptian Priest

In life, Nesyamun was an Egyptian priest who sang and chanted words of worship at the Karnak temple in Thebes. In death, he was ritually mummified and sealed in a coffin with the inscription “Nesyamun, true of voice.” Now, some 3,000 years into the afterlife and with the aid of a 3-D-pri

China moves to phase out single-use plastics

China is stepping up restrictions on the production, sale and use of single-use plastic products, the state planner said on Sunday, as it seeks to tackle one of the country’s biggest environmental problems. Vast amounts of untreated plastic waste are buried in landfills or dumped in rivers. T

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