Evolutionary leap from fins to legs was surprisingly simple

New research reveals that the limbs of the earliest four-legged vertebrates, dating back more than 360 million years ago, were no more structurally diverse than the fins of their aquatic ancestors. The new finding overturns long-held views that the origin of vertebrates with legs (known as tetrapods) triggered an increase in the anatomical diversity of […]

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Dodging Wind Farms and Bullets in the Arctic

TROMS COUNTY, NORWAYA lone reindeer emerges from the forest, prompting the Sami herders to bring their snowmobiles to a stop in the middle of a clearing. All three are bundled in sheepskin hats and wool capes, called luhka, against the chill wind of a late-January morning in the Norwegian Arctic. Johann Anders Oskal scans the snowy hills with binoculars, on the lookout […]

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Like ‘Deadpool,’ This Jellyfish Has Amazing Superpowers

A hole rips through his body, but seals up and heals completely. An appendage is sliced off; the tissues grow back perfectly. He is capable of extreme regeneration, perhaps even immortality. Those are the astonishing powers of Deadpool, the wise-cracking superhero whose movie is now a box office wonder. Yet there’s a one squishy marine invertebrate can do all that—and […]

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British ministers tried to block EU moves to clean up air quality

The British government sought to block new EU legislation that would force member states to carry out surprise checks on the emissions of cars, raising fresh questions over ministers’ attitude to air pollution and their conduct in the Volkswagen scandal. A document obtained by the Observer reveals that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural […]

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Why are Britain’s green movements an all-white affair?

If you were to trust what you see in the UK media you would think that climate change is a white issue that speaks to and is populated by one demographic alone. The reality is that from Seattle to Beijing the international climate movement is a dynamic, multicultural, multi-class and intergenerational force using a diversity […]

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Brazil pledges to cut carbon emissions 37% by 2025

Brazil on Sunday became the first major developing country to pledge an absolute reduction in greenhouse gas emissions for an envisioned global pact against climate change. The world’s seventh biggest greenhouse gas polluter said it would cut its emissions by 37% by 2025 from 2005 levels by reducing deforestation and boosting the share of renewable […]

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