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Metal scar found on cannibal star (phys.org)

When a star like our sun reaches the end of its life, it can ingest the surrounding planets and asteroids that were born with it. Now, using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT) in Chile, researchers have found a unique signature of this process for the first time—a scar imprinted on the...

Predatory fish use rapid color changes to coordinate attacks, scientists discover (phys.org)

Striped marlin are some of the fastest animals on the planet and one of the ocean’s top predators. When hunting in groups, individual marlin will take turns attacking schools of prey fish one at a time. Now a new study reported in the journal Current Biology helps to explain how they might coordinate this turn-taking style of...

The bog is where forensics and archaeology meet to solve ‘cold cases’ (theconversation.com)

Occasionally, police investigators find themselves announcing archaeological discoveries, rather than criminal findings. In 1984, for example, police oversaw the recovery of the Iron Age bog body (a naturally mummified corpse found in a peat bog) later called “Lindow Man” in Cheshire, UK. On January 25, 2024, the Police...

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Glob’s The Bog People

It is a classic! And you are never going to forget a name like P V Glob.

What the climate movement gets wrong about disruption (phys.org)

The 1963 Civil Rights victory in Birmingham, Alabama paved the way for the 1964 Civil Rights Act. In their latest article, published in Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, UMass Amherst Associate Professor of History Kevin Young and Yale University environmental social scientist Laura Thomas-Walters ask: What are the...

The role of rewilding in mitigating hydrological extremes: State of the evidence (wires.onlinelibrary.wiley.com)

Landscape rewilding has the potential to help mitigate hydrological extremes by allowing natural processes to function. Our systematic review assessed the evidence base for rewilding-driven mitigation of high and low flows. The review uncovers a lack of research directly addressing rewilding, but highlights research in analogue...

How do opposition MPs prepare for government? The six key skills that should be on every Labour politician’s mind (theconversation.com)

Keir Starmer’s shadow cabinet has now started “access talks” with the civil service as they prepare for the possibility of government. Being in government is different from being in opposition and Labour has been in opposition in Westminster for a very long time....

Olympic with Returned Soldiers - Arthur Lismer (1919) (upload.wikimedia.org)

War artist Arthur Lismer captured the return of the troopship SS Olympic (centre) to Halifax harbour following the First World War. Olympic’s multi-coloured dazzle camouflage, added in 1917 at the height of the German U-Boat threat, was intended to make the ship more difficult to identify and target. The painting also provides...

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Sister ship of the Titanic. Following WWI, returned to being a cruise ship until scrapped in 1935.

‘Does rewilding sort climate change? Yes!’: UK expert says nature can save planet and not harm farming (www.theguardian.com)

The Knepp estate in West Sussex is home to the first white stork born in the wild in Britain for over 600 years. It’s a place where endangered bats, turtle doves and nightingales are thriving, where “officially extinct” large tortoiseshell butterflies are breeding and where tens of thousands of people visit each year to...

How you can take a walk on NI’s wild side and embrace nature this spring (www.belfastlive.co.uk)

From watching Red Kites soar over the Dromara Hills, catching trout as you look down on the Walled City to watching red squirrels leap through the trees in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland is bursting with giant experiences to spark a lifelong love for nature in both the young and young at heart....

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