Archive for March 3rd, 2017:

Amazon forest ‘shaped by pre-Columbian indigenous peoples’

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Amazon is the world’s largest tropical forest and covers almost one third of South America Indigenous peoples who inhabited the Amazon before the arrival of European colonisers planted a vast number of trees, a new study argues. They played an important role in the current composition of the forest,

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Weather supercomputing ‘heads to Italy’

Image copyright ECMWF Image caption The Italian data and supercomputing centre would be built on the site of an old tobacco factory The next-generation supercomputer that will drive Europe’s medium-range weather forecasts looks set to be housed in Bologna, Italy, from 2020. It would succeed the current system based in Reading, UK. Member states of

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DNA clues to why woolly mammoth died out

Image copyright SPL Image caption Breakthroughs in ancient DNA sequencing give a window into the past The last woolly mammoths to walk the Earth were so wracked with genetic disease that they lost their sense of smell, shunned company, and had a strange shiny coat. That’s the verdict of scientists who have analysed ancient DNA

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