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Road verges 'last refuge' for plants – conservation charity

0SHARESShare Roadside verges are becoming the last refuge for some of the the rarest wild flowers and plants in the UK, according to a conservation charity. Plantlife is calling for better management of grassy verges to preserve a wealth of different flowering plants. It says road margins are a haven for wild plants that have been lost from the countryside. ...

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Aurora photographers find new night sky lights and call them Steve

0SHARESShare A group of aurora enthusiasts have found a new type of light in the night sky and named it Steve. Eric Donovan from the University of Calgary in Canada spotted the feature in photos shared on a Facebook group. He did not recognise it as a catalogued phenomenon and although the group were calling it a proton arc, he ...

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Kuki Gallmann shot and wounded at Kenya conservation park

0SHARESShare Renowned Italian-born conservationist Kuki Gallmann has been shot and injured in an ambush at her conservation park in central Kenya. The author of the best-selling memoir I Dreamed of Africa was airlifted to hospital for treatment. Ms Gallmann, 73, owns the Laikipia Nature Conservancy. She also ran a luxury safari lodge that was burned down last month by suspected ...

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Here Are Some Of The Most Awesome Signs From The March For Science

0SHARESShare And of course, all those science lovers came with pretty great signs. Here are some of the best, cleverest and most poignant signs we’ve seen so far. Courtesy of Rachel Misner Demonstrator Rachel Misner (right) shows off her sign with friend, Sarah.  DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS via Getty Images Demonstrators gather at the March for Science in London. 0SHARESShare Click here ...

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Aspiring Scientists, Fearful For The Future, March Against Donald Trump

0SHARESShare WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has long perpetuated the debunked theory that vaccines cause autism. In January, while still president-elect, he went as far as to request that Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a fellow vaccine skeptic, lead a commission to investigate vaccine safety . This disregard for science is among the reasons Sabrina Solouki, a second-year Ph.D. student in immunology and ...

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Americans Would Pay $17.2 Billion To Prevent Another Deepwater Horizon Disaster

0SHARESShare As the world looks back on BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster seven years later, a study released this week highlights the costly ecological impacts of the largest maritime oil spill on record. Scientists found that Americans would be willing to pay an estimated $17.2 billion to prevent another catastrophe like the BP oil spill, which leaked more than 134 million ...

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He Observed The Earth From Space. Now He’s Trying To Protect It From The Ground.

0SHARESShare WASHINGTON ― Leland Melvin hasn’t been to space since the beginning of Barack Obama’ s presidency, but he’s sure glad to be back on Earth now. The former NASA astronaut joined thousands Saturday on the National Mall for “the March for Science ,” a mass protest against an array of President Donald Trump ’s policies that critics say attack ...

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Science under the Populist Gun

They were his most ardent supporters. They were largely responsible for his election. And so far, they are still backing him. They are the workers in Rust Belt states who lost their manufacturing jobs and the coal workers in Appalachia who found their mines shuttered. They are men and women without a college education in rural and small town America ...

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The Brain Can Distinguish between Real and Fake Laughter

0SHARESShare Most of us will laugh at a good joke, but we also laugh when we are not actually amused. Fake chuckles are common in social situations—such as during an important interview or a promising first date. “Laughter is really interesting because we observe it across all human cultures and in other species,” says Carolyn McGettigan, a cognitive neuroscientist at ...

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Why I'm Marching for Science

On April 22, scientists and their allies will gather at over 500 locations around the world to march in defense of science and evidence-based policymaking. The lead march will convene scientists and allies from around the United States in Washington DC, where they will march from the Washington Monument to the U.S. Capitol. I’m joining them because I’m convinced the ...

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