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Cities need 'hedges as well as trees' for environment

0SHARESShare Hedges are often better than trees at soaking up air pollution among tall buildings, research has suggested. A paper in the journal Atmospheric Environment says tall trees are good at absorbing pollution in more open areas. But hedges can trap toxins at exhaust pipe level, so reduce people’s direct exposure to harmful pollutants. Lead author Prof Prashant Kumar said ...

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Snail's DNA secrets unlocked in fight against river disease

0SHARESShare Scientists have decoded the genome of a snail involved in the spread of a deadly parasitic disease. They say the information will help in the fight against schistosomiasis, an infection caused by a parasitic worm that lives in streams and ponds. The disease affects millions of people a year in sub-tropical and tropical regions. More than 100 researchers from ...

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Remote island has 'world's worst' plastic rubbish density

0SHARESShare An uninhabited island in the South Pacific is littered with the highest density of plastic waste anywhere in the world, according to a study. Henderson Island, part of the UK’s Pitcairn Islands group, has an estimated 37.7 million pieces of debris on its beaches. The island is near the centre of an ocean current, meaning it collects much rubbish ...

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Rare Mexican porpoise faces 'imminent extinction'

0SHARESShare An immediate extension of a fishing ban is desperately needed to save the world’s most endangered marine species. Campaigners say there are only 30 vaquita porpoises left, with their population having plummeted by 90% since 2011. These dark-eyed cetaceans are often accidentally killed in gillnets which were banned for two years in 2015. Researchers hope the Mexican government will ...

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Inmarsat rides SpaceX Falcon into orbit

0SHARESShare Inmarsat, the UK’s biggest space company, has boosted its global broadband network with the launch of a fourth high-frequency satellite. The I-5 F4, which will service the voice, video and data needs of remote and on-the-move customers, was taken into orbit by a SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket. It is the first time the London company has used the American launch ...

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Dinosaur asteroid hit 'worst possible place'

Scientists who drilled into the impact crater associated with the demise of the dinosaurs summarise their findings so far in a BBC Two documentary on Monday. The researchers recovered rocks from under the Gulf of Mexico that were hit by an asteroid 66 million years ago. The nature of this material records the details of the event. It is becoming ...

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Follow-Up: The Reasons People Don't Return Their Shopping Carts

It seemed like a simple question: Why don’t people return their shopping carts? It turned into a full discussion in many corners of the web. Shopping carts are pervasive, and it turns out we have a relatively nuanced relationship with them. Many of the responses fell in line with the original categories but revealed complicated assessments of morality, civility, and ...

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Baby Louie Gets a New Name

The Dinosaur Renaissance was one of the greatest moments in vertebrate paleontology. Dinosaurs went from being sluggish peabrains who deserved extinction to vibrant, complex animals that could teach us new lessons about evolution and extinction. The wave of scientific and public interest crested in a way not seen in decades. But all the Mesozoic attention had a dark side. During ...

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Dissecting the Magic behind the Looking Glass

There is something deeply disconcerting about mirrors. The myriad reflecting surfaces that surround us in our everyday lives help us conduct many necessary tasks, such as applying makeup, shaving, or driving a car. But despite our constant use of mirrors, our nervous systems remain surprisingly ill-equipped to grasp the mechanics of refraction and reflection. Some magic tricks take advantage of ...

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The Rising Trend of Pets at Work

This article is part of the Workplace Anthropology series. It’s growing increasingly common to see pets at work, especially at smaller companies settings in New York City. LinkedIn has 178 results for “dog friendly” jobs in NY, which presumably means they either have a designated “office dog” or multiple employees may bring their dogs in. And dogs do seem to ...

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