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Anthropologists identify third new orangutan species in Indonesia

Researchers identify third new orangutan species in Indonesia

Sumatra A new species of orangutan has been identified, and at the same time classified as one of the planet’s most endangered great apes. With only around 800 remaining individuals occuring in upland forest regions of North Sumatra. Two species of Indonesian orangutans had previously been officially described and recognized – the Pongo abelii, living on the island of Sumatra, and ... Read More »

Whatsapp down, not working for users worldwide, including canada

Whatsapp down, not working for users worldwide, including canada

The Facebook owned messaging app, WhatsApp, crashed earlier today around the world. DownDetector, a website which tracks connectivity of websites and online servers, indicated that major problems are currently spreading across Europe. It claimed that the outages first started at approximately 7:10. There has been no official confirmation from WhatsApp. Read More »

Human brain not as exceptional as thought, says new research

Human brain not as exceptional as thought, says new research

While it has been long assumed that humans commit more energy to powering their brains than other animals, researchers have now determined this is not the case. It turns out that some animals, such as the tiny pygmy marmoset, dedicate just as much energy to their brains as people do. Published in the Journal of Human Evolution, Doug Boyer and ... Read More »

Research: Are cities affecting evolution?

Study: Are cities affecting evolution?

The recent uproar about seats on a British Airways flight crawling with bedbugs is only one of the unintended consequences that urbanization worldwide has on evolution, say Marc Johnson, an associate professor of biology at the University of Toronto Mississauga, and Jason Munshi-South, who is an associate professor of biological sciences at Fordham University. “As we build cities, we have ... Read More »

Climate Change Could Decrease Sun’s Ability To Disinfect Lakes (Research)

Climate Change Could Decrease Sun's Ability To Disinfect Lakes, Says New Study

A new research published in journal Scientific Reports has revealed another harmful effect of climate change. Increasing organic runoff as a result of climate change may be reducing the penetration of pathogen-killing ultraviolet (UV) sunlight in inland lakes, rivers, and coastal waters, according to a new study in the journal Scientific Reports. The findings, from a team including researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic ... Read More »

Dinosaur-killing asteroid cooled Earth more than thought, scientists say

Asteroid That Killed Dinosaurs Also Made Earth Freezing, Researchers Say

The Chicxulub asteroid impact that many believed wiped out the dinosaurs released far more climate-altering gas into the atmosphere than originally thought, researchers have revealed. It reveals for the first time how much sulfur and carbon dioxide gas was ejected into Earth’s atmosphere from vaporized rocks immediately after the event – triggering a ‘superwinter’. “Many climate models can’t currently capture ... Read More »

Aliens Could Be More Similar To Us than Thought, According to Study

Aliens Could Be More Similar To Us than Thought, According to Study

Sci-fi fans may think aliens from outer space would resemble little green men or large monstrous creatures – but new research suggests they may be more like us than we realise. For the first time, experts are using Darwin’s evolutionary theory to make predictions about extra-terrestrial life, hoping to glean new insights and patterns about its potential behaviour. In a ... Read More »

Neanderthals were doomed to fail, says new research

Neanderthals were doomed to fail, finds new research

Who (or what) killed the Neanderthals? We still don’t know. Some anthropologists point to environmental causes – climate change or a disease epidemic, for example. Others pin the blame on our ancestors, Homo sapiens, for either introducing tropical diseases on their migration from Africa, for being intellectually and culturally superior, or for simply interbreeding Homo neanderthalensis to extinction. The new ... Read More »