These Flies Have Been Trapped in the Bone Zone for 41 Million Years
Nature & Science

These Flies Have Been Trapped in the Bone Zone for 41 Million Years

Mating flies found in 41-million-year-old amber. Image: Jeffrey StilwellA pair of long-legged flies met a Romeo-and-Juliet ending some 41 million years ago, when a falling drop of tree resin ruined their tender moment. On the bright side, their disrupted act of fornication was preserved for all eternity in this pornographic piece of amber.Prehistoric spiders, ants,…

These cleaners kill coronavirus: Lysol, Clorox, Purell products make EPA’s disinfectants list
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These cleaners kill coronavirus: Lysol, Clorox, Purell products make EPA’s disinfectants list

Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY Published 11:30 p.m. ET March 5, 2020 | Updated 2:35 a.m. ET March 6, 2020The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a list of disinfectants to protect against the spread of the coronavirus.According to the EPA, products on the list have “qualified for use against COVID-19” through the agency’s Emerging Viral…

These are the climate tipping points we simply can’t cross
Nature & Science

These are the climate tipping points we simply can’t cross

Eric Lafforgue/Art In All Of Us/Corbis via Getty Images In 2009, scientists from the Stockholm Resilience Centre identified nine key environmental red lines that could be catastrophic for life on Earth if crossed. Climate change is one, but that’s not the only “planetary boundary” we’re in danger of violating.Human activities are reshaping the environment in…

Keep an Eye on These 2020 Conservation Issues
Conservation

Keep an Eye on These 2020 Conservation Issues

From Ensia (find the original story here); reprinted with permission. What are the biggest emerging opportunities and threats the year ahead holds for efforts to conserve biodiversity? Nearly two dozen scientists, conservation professionals and future scanners recently came together to ask and answer that question as part of an annual “horizon scan” led by Cambridge University conservation biologist…

These species went extinct in 2019
Conservation

These species went extinct in 2019

The creatures that went extinct or likely went extinct in 2019 are as follows: 1. The Hawaiian snail Achatinella apexfulva: The last known member of its species, “George” died in a tank in a Hawaiian lab on New Year’s Day. The species is likely extinct, said David Sischo, the snail extinction prevention program coordinator at…