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Strong Evidence Suggests a Super Earth Lies beyond Pluto
Astronomers have found compelling hints of a huge, unseen world that may reside in the murky reaches of the Kuiper Belt Scientific American
Dragons really did roam Wales: 'Dracoraptor' dinosaur unveiled
Dracopator was a very distant cousin of Tyrannosaurus rex and lived at the very beginning of the Jurassic period, over 200 million years ago Latest news, breaking news, cu
Prehistoric 'war grave' reveals bodies from first ever human massacre
Fossilised bones of 27 hunter-gatherers murdered 10,000 years ago, discovered at Nataruk near Lake Turkana in Kenya Latest news, breaking news, cu
Five planets align in spectacular celestial show
Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are visible together in the night sky for the first time since 2005. Latest Science News
DESTINATION GUIDE: 10 Routes to Climb in Chamonix in Winter
Winter Alpinism is cold and serious, and can seem inaccessible. However do not fear! In this article UKC Chief Editor Jack Geldard looks at 10 routes that are well suited to that most masochistic of endeavours... winter Alp UKClimbing.com Articles
Royal Navy ice ship breaks 80-year Antarctica record
HMS Protector became the first Royal Navy vessel to the East Antarctic or sail below 77 degrees latitude since before the Second World War Latest news, breaking news, cu
The Big Search to Find Out Where Dogs Come From
With a major study of ancient bones and DNA, scientists hope to determine where and when dogs first appeared. NYT > Science
Mammoth carcass suggests humans inhabited Arctic 10,000 years earlier than thought
Signs the beasts were attacked with arrows and spears indicate that humans may have lived in Siberia as far back as 45,000 years ago Latest news, breaking news, cu
Meet the conservationists who believe that burning is good for wildlife | George Monbiot

Our national park authorities are vandals and fabulists, inflicting mass destruction on wildlife and habitats, then calling it conservation

At one end of the country, conservation groups are doing all they can to stop th Environment news, comment and

Ancient Stone Tool Find Suggests Mystery Human Species
An unidentified human species inhabited the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia well before Homo sapiens arrived. Discovery News - Top Stories
The Antarctic Ice Sheet may be hiding the world's largest canyon system
Scientists analyzing the subglacial landscape of East Antarctica have discovered hints of a canyon system 600 miles long and half a mile deep. All MNN Content
Egypt unveils rare whale fossil museum to boost tourism
gypt has unveiled what it says is the Middle East’s first museum dedicated to fossils and showcasing an early form of whales, now extinct and known as the “walking whale.” The museum opened Thursday near the Fayoum Oasis sou The Seattle Times: Home
Observatory: Pouring a Foundation on Mars
Researchers devise a building material that could be made from materials on the planet. NYT > Science
Milky Way Grew From the Inside Out
Scientists have made a cosmic growth chart of the Milky Way galaxy, an innovative blending of data collected by the ongoing Sloan Digital Sky Survey and a new technique to determine the ages of stars. Discovery News - Top Stories
NASA Confirms 100 New Alien Planets
The revamped Kepler mission is raking in the discoveries, turning up new kinds of worlds. National Geographic News
Peru Moves to Protect Giant Manta Rays
Peru protects the world's largest population of manta rays from fishing. Discovery News - Top Stories
Lost Whaling Ships Discovered in Arctic Thanks to Global Warming
The two recently found vessels may have been part of a disaster that hastened the end of American whaling. National Geographic News
Daredevil skier makes history in the Alps with jaw-dropping feat
Swiss man Gilles Sierro descended the near-vertical Dent Blanche peak in the Swiss Alps after CLIMBING the difficult peak first mirror.co.uk - Home - News
Hang out with bald eagles
Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center, through January, Rockport; U.S. Forest Service Eagle Viewing Stations, through January, three locations on Highway 20; Rockport State Park Deep Forest Experience, through Feb. 14, Rockp The Seattle Times: Home
How wolves and warriors help each other heal
A California couple helps veterans with PTSD and rescued wolves and wolfdogs forge lasting bonds that change lives. All MNN Content
Fossilized last meal reflects spiral-shaped intestine
The fossilized food remains of the extinct predatory fish Saurichthys reflect its spiral-shaped intestine. The spiral valve in fossils from Southern Switzerland is similar to that of sharks and rays. Paleontologists have thus clos ScienceDaily: Latest Science N
America's most stunning National Parks in pictures as National Geographic celebrates 100th anniversary of iconic landmarks
National Geographic's January issue will explore the wonders and challenges of the breathtaking parks strewn around the US and globally mirror.co.uk - Home - News
Sarah Outen: British adventurer's boat found three months after she abandoned it in hurricane
Round-the-world athlete set for 'teary reunion' with boat she ditched during epic 25,000-mile journey after it is found off coast of Ireland Latest news, breaking news, cu
New methods help advance infectious disease forecasting
While tremendous progress has been made to eliminate malaria worldwide, about 3.2 billion people--nearly half the world's population--are at risk of the disease, according to the World Health Organization. New tools to help advanc NSF News From the Field
Antarctic Clouds Studied for First Time in Five Decades
AWARE project will help unravel effects of global warming Scientific American
Happy National Bird Day! 5 bird-friendly ways to celebrate
There are a lot of fun ways to show your appreciation for our feathered friends on their special day. All MNN Content
5 dinosaur trends that will be bigger than T. rex
Here are five hot trends that paleontologists expect to see in 2016 and the years ahead. All MNN Content
Unique high-resolution map on bat diversity in Africa
A unique map of all 250 African bat species has been created on a high-resolution scale (1 km2). There are very few examples of biodiversity richness based on quantitative data at a continental scale, especially for cha ScienceDaily: Latest Science N
Tim Peake to go on six-hour spacewalk to repair International Space Station
British astronaut is thrilled to be given task of replacing broken solar-power unit outside craft travelling at 17,500mph Latest news and comment from B
Four New Elements Added to Periodic Table
Elements 113, 115, 117, and 118 have met criteria for discovery, making them the first elements to be added to the periodic table since 2011. Discovery News - Top Stories
Parks are good for us but we are neglecting them in return | Patrick Barkham
It may seem sensible for Brighton and Hove city council to save £175,000 a year by sacking its rangers, but the hidden costs are great

Shortly before Christmas, the nine rangers who look after the parks and green spaces of Brig Environment news, comment and

First European farmers traced back to Anatolia
When farming spread throughout Europe some 8000 years ago, Anatolia functioned as a hub, spreading genes and the new ideas westward. An international study based on DNA from Anatolian remains indicates the importance of the role A ScienceDaily: Latest Science N
Climate change is altering Greenland ice sheet, accelerating sea level rise
The Greenland ice sheet has traditionally been pictured as a sponge for glacier meltwater, but new research has found it's rapidly losing the ability to buffer its contribution to rising sea levels, say researchers. They have also ScienceDaily: Latest Science N
Mars Orbiter Catches a Crater Full of Cracks
In a decidedly wintry-looking scene, frost-filled fractures fills a crater near the north pole of Mars -- as observed by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Discovery News - Top Stories
NASA reveals plans for incredible space base designed to carry humans on exploration missions
Space agency begins work on a craft which could one day take astronauts on missions to Mars and beyond mirror.co.uk - Home - News
Revolutionary system promises to recover plastic rubbish from world's oceans
With concerns growing over the amount of plastic pollution at sea, a pilot project scheduled to start in Japan could hold the solution Latest news, breaking news, cu
Gone in 2015: Commemorating 10 Outstanding Women in Science
These notable researchers who passed away during the year just ending made key contributions to ecology, planetary science, medicine, chemical engineering and more Scientific American
Prehistoric Giant Armadillo Shell Found in Argentina
A passer-by found a meter-long shell on a riverbank in Argentina that may be from a glyptodont, an enormous ancestor of today's armadillo. Discovery News - Top Stories
Climbers Against Cancer Founder Passes Away
John Ellison, who founded Climbers Against Cancer after his own diagnosis with prostate cancer in 2011, died from his illness on December 27. He was 52. Ellison, a climber from England, was a prominent figure on the international RSS - Hot Flashes Climbing New
NASA expert discovers alphabet letters hidden on the face of our planet
Stargazer begins obsessive quest after watching the letter 'v' appear in a cloud of smoke floating over Canada mirror.co.uk - Home - News
The Most Intriguing Environmental Stories of 2015
A terrible earthquake, massive drought and nuclear power captured the imagination this year Scientific American
Blind musher reflects on her history-making Iditarod career
The ranch is a flurry of activity, and Rachael Scdoris is at the center of it. The Seattle Times: Home
Country's largest national parks hit visitation records
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Many of the country's most prominent national parks, including Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Zion, set new visitation records in 2015 and are bracing for what could be an even busier new year. Denver Post: News: Breaking
3,000-year-old burial ground may reveal secrets of Polynesian migration

Scientists and explorers have long tried to understand how Polynesia came to be settled; the shape and contour of one ancient skull may provide a clue

Evidence from an ancient graveyard has begun to illuminate one of the Science news, comment and anal

Egyptian Statues Revealed in Ancient Shrines
The 3,400-year-old statues were found at a site known for its stone quarries near the Nile. Discovery News - Top Stories
Origins of the Irish down to mass migration, ancient DNA confirms

Genome analysis shows arrival of stone age farmers from the Middle East and bronze age settlers from eastern Europe became the basis for Celtic population

Scientists from Dublin and Belfast have looked deep into Ir Science news, comment and anal

Earth-Smashing Space Rocks Undercounted
Astronomers say giant comets dubbed centaurs argue for an expansion of the list of potential hazards to our home planet. Discovery News - Top Stories
Archaeological Finds in El Salvador Tell a Whole Different Tale about Maya Society
Artifacts uncovered by the Cerén dig suggest Maya citizens enjoyed certain freedoms when trading and making societal decisions... Scientific American
What's This Tropical, Venomous Sea Snake Doing in California?
El Ninos warmer currents may be to blame for unusual occurrence, scientists say. National Geographic News
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