Environment

World’s oldest known spider dies in Australia — of wasp sting

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — The world’s oldest known spider has died at the ripe old age of 43 after being monitored for years during a long-term population study in Australia, researchers said Monday. The trapdoor matriarch comfortably outlived the previous …

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Australia pledges half a billion to restore Great Barrier Reef

by Martin Parry Agence France Presse SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — Australia pledged half a billion dollars to restore and protect the Great Barrier Reef Sunday in what it said would be a game-changer for the embattled natural wonder, but conservationists …

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Progress toward ‘infinitely recyclable’ plastic

TAMPA, United States (AFP) — US scientists said Thursday they have made progress toward a kind of plastic that can be recycled “infinitely,” and that it appears durable enough to compete with regular plastics. Unlike plastics made from petroleum products, …

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Microplastics in Arctic sea ice – ‘nowhere is immune’

by Mariëtte Le Roux Agence France-Presse PARIS, France (AFP) — Researchers warned Tuesday of a “troubling” accumulation of microplastics in sea ice floating in the Arctic ocean, a major potential source of water pollution as global warming melts the sheets …

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Sea of solar panels turns Mexican desert green

by Yussel GONZALEZ Agence France Presse MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AFP) — From a distance, it looks like a deep-blue sea has formed in the middle of the Mexican desert. But this is no mirage — it’s the largest solar park …

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Japan’s Akita dogs melt foreign hearts

by Natsuko Fukue Agence France Presse TAKASAKI, Japan (AFP) — Hollywood actor Richard Gere, French film star Alain Delon and Russia’s figure skating sensation Alina Zagitova have one thing in common: They adore Japan’s Akita dogs. And they’re not alone. …

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First genetic adaptation to diving discovered in ‘Sea Nomads’

by Kerry SHERIDAN Agence France Presse TAMPA, United States (AFP) — Researchers have discovered the first evidence that people can genetically adapt to deep diving, as shown by the unusually large spleens in indigenous people of Indonesia known as the …

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Meteor shower, masasaksihan sa April 22-23

MANILA, Philippines (Eagle News) — Isa na namang space event ang masasaksihan sa iba’t-ibang bahagi ng mundo. Ayon sa Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), masasaksihan ang Lyrids Meteor Shower sa gabi ng Abril 22 hanggang madaling araw …

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Japan whalers return from Antarctic hunt after killing 333 whales

  TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Japanese whaling vessels returned to port on Saturday after catching more than 300 of the mammals in the Antarctic Ocean without facing any protests by anti-whaling groups, officials said. A fleet of five whalers set sail …

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Look: Space junk

(AFP) — Millions of pieces of man-made debris are currently orbiting the earth. This huge cloud of space junk is suspended between 800 and 2,000 kilometers above us. Since space exploration began in 1957, fragments from more than 5,000 space …

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Mama bear keeps cubs longer as shield against hunters

by Hazel Ward Agence France-Presse PARIS, France (AFP) — Female brown bears have learned to protect themselves from being shot by spending more time caring for their young as they adapt to legislation banning the hunting of mothers with cubs. …

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Mama bear keeps cubs longer as shield against hunters

by Hazel Ward Agence France Presse PARIS, France (AFP) — Female brown bears have learned to protect themselves from being shot by spending more time caring for their young as they adapt to legislation banning the hunting of mothers with …

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