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From chocolate frogs to rainbow fish: Meet the best of this year’s newly described species

Ricky Gervais says ‘animals are better than people’ Looking almost as delicious as their fictional counterpart, Synapturanus danta is a chocolate frog from the Peruvian Amazon that has only recently been described by science. The burrowing species has long been known to the local peoples, however, with one local name for it being “rana danta”, […]

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Meteor sighting: Space rock that caused ‘loud boom’ over Utah caught on camera

When small space rocks enter the Earth’s atmosphere and burn up, they are known as meteors or “shooting stars”. Residents in northern Utah said that they heard a loud boom early on Saturday. The same sound was also reported in the neighbouring state of Idaho. Wendi Melling is a resident of South Salt Lake, in […]

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Archaeology: Weaponry used in the destruction of Jerusalem’s Second Temple unearthed

Christianity was ‘invented by the Romans’ says Joseph Atwill In the scriptures, the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem was seemingly predicted in Luke 21, Mark 13 and Matthew 24. In the latter Gospel, for example, Jesus is reported to have told his disciples: “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be […]

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‘Simple’ tips to get your garden ‘rain ready’ as heavy showers ‘may not reach plants’

The RHS said: “With the ground baked hard after two months of near drought, heavy downpours could result in significant run-off.” This run-off, they added, “may not reach plants and could result in localised flooding.” The charity is recommending a number of measures for gardeners to employ to make the most of the rain when […]

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Animal charities call for urgent action to prevent chickens roasting alive in heatwave

Open Cages share footage of ‘Frankenchickens’ According to the Humane League UK, Open Cages and Animal Equality, widespread adoption of the “Better Chicken Commitment” standard would substantially reduce the suffering of the birds in high temperatures. The charities have said that millions of chickens died in the heatwave earlier this year, which saw recorded temperatures […]

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Electric cars: Majority of drivers say they won’t switch until they ‘absolutely have to’

As part of wider plans to curb carbon emissions, the Government has set 2030 as the point beyond which it will no longer be possible to purchase a new petrol- or diesel-driven car. At present, only 3 percent of cars in the UK are fully electric, with another 2 percent being hybrids. The Government has […]

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Monkeypox: WHO to rename disease over stigmatisation concerns — invites suggestions

Monkeypox: All you need to know about the disease Monkeypox — a close relative of smallpox — is a viral disease typically contracted from animal bites or the consumption of improperly cooked meat, but that can spread from person-to-person by close contact. Initial symptoms of infection can include chills, fatigue, fever, and muscle aches — […]

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Antarctica warning: Ice shelves could be melting up to 40 percent faster than thought

Antarctica’s ice shelves jut out from the ice sheet that covers the continent, and float on top of the Southern Ocean. Each several hundred metres thick, the shelves serve as a buffer, protecting the ice sheet on the mainland from flowing into the ocean and drastically raising global sea levels. However, climate change is warming […]

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Solar storm warning: High-speed winds to smash Earth TOMORROW – exact location pinpointed

The alert came from forecasters at the US National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), who said the Earth is about to pass through a high-speed stream of solar wind. This phenomenon, Spaceweather.com has reported, is the result of “gaseous material flowing from a southern hole in the Sun’s atmosphere.” Such “coronal holes” — which appear as […]

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Bird flu panic: Scots outbreak declared ‘national emergency’ – tourists banned from isles

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Scotland officer Dave Sexton, who is based on the Isle of Mull, said the outbreak is of significant concern and has left him feeling “helpless”. He told STV News: “We’re getting more and more birds washing up, seabirds mostly, and we really need the government to develop a […]