Archive for December 12th, 2017:

‘Worrying alarm call’ for world’s birds on brink of extinction

Image copyright Ed Marshall Image caption Black-legged kittiwake: Colonies are struggling to feed their chicks Overfishing and changing sea temperatures are pushing seabirds to the brink of extinction, according to new data on the world’s birds. Birds that are now globally threatened include the kittiwake and the Atlantic puffin, which breed on UK sea cliffs.

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Interstellar asteroid checked for alien technology

Image copyright Eso Image caption Artwork: Observations of ‘Oumuamua noted its unusual elongated shape A project searching for intelligent life in the cosmos is going to check the first known interstellar asteroid for signs of alien technology. The odd-shaped object was detected as it sped towards the Sun on 19 October. Its properties suggested it

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Dracula ticks in amber tell ancient blood-sucking tale

Image copyright NAture Communications/E Penalver Image caption The tick is stuck on to a dinosaur feather Feathered dinosaurs were covered in ticks just like modern animals, fossil evidence shows. Parasites similar to modern ticks have been found inside pieces of amber from Myanmar dating back 99 million years. One is entangled with a dinosaur feather,

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