Bushfires have reshaped life on Earth before—they could do it again
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Bushfires have reshaped life on Earth before—they could do it again

The ability to run fast and far was not enough to save dinosaurs from firestorms. Credit: Douglas Henderson The catastrophic bushfires raging across much of Australia have not only taken a huge human and economic toll, but also delivered heavy blows to biodiversity and ecosystem function. Already, scientists are warning of catastrophic extinctions of animals…

Australia Wildfires Have Claimed 25 Lives And Will Burn For Months, Officials Say
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Australia Wildfires Have Claimed 25 Lives And Will Burn For Months, Officials Say

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An Introduction to the James Webb Space Telescope Mission

Published on Jan 6, 2020A look at the James Webb Space Telescope, it’s mission and the incredible technological challenge this mission presents.Music credit: Universal Production Music tracks: Future Generation Alternative Version by Dury; Moment of Anticipation Instrumental by Connolly; Dark Matter Instrumental by BeitsCredit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight CenterMichael McClare (KBRwyle): Lead ProducerMichael McClare (KBRwyle):…

Recent Discoveries Have Overhauled Our Picture of Where Humans Came From, And When
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Recent Discoveries Have Overhauled Our Picture of Where Humans Came From, And When

A display of a Homo naledi skeleton. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters As anthropologists have discovered new species of human ancestors, our understanding of human history has changed.By sequencing the genomes from our Neanderthal and Denisovan cousins, scientists have also gained new insight into the genetic origins of our species.As researchers make more of these breakthroughs, the puzzle of…