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Scientists find evidence of nearly-extinct Sumatran rhinos in Borneo

Footprints thought to be from the critically endangered Sumatran rhino have been found on Borneo island, where the species was believed to have been extinct for 20 years, environmental group WWF said Thursday. The Sumatran rhino population has dropped by 50 percent over the past two decades and there are…

Natural gas extraction causing frequent quakes, property damage in northern Netherlands

Farmers living atop Europe’s largest gas field in the isolated northern Netherlands are angry at increasingly frequent earthquakes caused by extraction. Freezing winds and a glimmer of cold light pass through the three-foot by two-inch (one metre by five centimetre) crack in Martha and Jan Bos’s stable in Middelstum, a…

Two dead after H7N9 avian flu strain makes jump to humans

Two people in China have died after being infected with H7N9 avian influenza — a sub-type that had not previously been transmitted to humans — the government said Sunday. An 87-year-old man in Shanghai fell ill on February 19 and died on March 4, while a man aged 27 in…

Green meteorite found in Morocco likely from Mercury

Scientists studying a collection of 35 meteorites that landed in Morocco in 2012 say that a strange green rock among the group is likely from Mercury, rather than Mars or an asteroid, Space.…  …

Massive extinct elephant bird egg up for auction

Copyright ImageClick to View Christie’s scientific specialist James Hyslop poses for photographs with a sub-fossilized pre-17th century Elephant Bird egg at the auction house’s premises in London. The extinct Elephant Bird species was native to Madagascar and among the heaviest known birds. (Matt Dunham…  …

Meet Cyro: the robotic jellyfish that will haunt your dreams

If you’re frightened of the ocean, or the creatures that lurk beneath the waves, we recommend that you read no further.  According to the Los Angeles Times, engineers at a Virginia Tech lab are working on a giant, synthetic…  …

EPA announces new rules for auto emissions, sulfur in gasoline

US regulators announced on Friday stricter rules on vehicle emissions and a requirement for low-sulfur gasoline as part of President Barack Obama’s efforts to reduce pollution. The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal would require a 60 percent reduction in sulfur in gasoline as well as stricter tailpipe emissions standards for cars…

Scientists plan diving quest to study ‘living fossil’ coelacanth

French and South African biologists will dive to deep-sea caves in the Indian Ocean next month in a bid to locate the coelacanth, the “living fossil” fish whose history predates the dinosaurs, France’s National Museum of Natural History said on Friday. The “Gombessa” expedition, named after a local term for…

Major study finds no link between vaccines and autism

A US study out Friday sought to dispel the fears of about one third of American parents that giving a series of vaccines to children may be linked to autism. Even though children are receiving more vaccines today than they did in the 1990s, there is no link between “too…

New coronavirus is potentially more deadly than SARS

Researchers from the University of Hong Kong warned that a new coronavirus that has emerged from the Middle East has the potential to be deadlier than the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus, which kiled 774 people between 2002 and 2003. The Global Post reported Friday that the University of…

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