Trump Administration Weakens Endangered Species Act Amid Global Extinction Crisis

Three monthsafter leading scientists warned that humans have driven , the Endangered Species Act new regulations, unveiled on Monday, change Aaron Bernstein/Reuters Interior Secretary David Bernhardt during a congressional budget hearing on Capitol Hill in May 2019. Even as the administration was working to finalize the new Endangered Species Act rules, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which administers the act with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was working to weaken or remove protections for threatened and endangered species, …

Top secret teens: The high schoolers recruited by the National Security Agency

Fort Meade, Maryland (CNN)Summer’s high school friends think she’s monitoring their phones and listening in on their conversations. They speculate about the “wild things” she does at work and jokingly accuse her of being a spy. The trio — who are all 18 and just graduated from high schools in Maryland – are among the more than 150 high schoolers in a work study program at the agency which gives them access and exposure to some of the country’s most …

A Football Field’s Worth Of Natural Land Is Lost Every 30 Seconds In The US

The loss of natural land isn’t just a problem for the Amazon or the rainforests of Southeast Asia. The United States is losing its forests, grasslands, wetlands, and deserts at a truly startling pace.  Between 2001 and 2017, some 97,124 square kilometers (24 million acres) of natural land – around the size of Indiana – were destroyed in the US to make way for roads, infrastructure, industry, farms, and other hallmarks of human civilization. That’s equivalent to a football field-sized piece of land being lost …

Earliest Signs Of High-Altitude Living In Africa Found In 47,000-Year-Old Ethiopian Rock Shelter

Hot on the heel of the news Denisovans were living on the Tibetan Plateau 160,000 years ago, researchers have now discovered the earliest signs of high-altitude human living in Africa in an Ethiopian rock shelter 3,350 meters (11,000 feet) above sea level. Writing in American Association for the Advancement of Science, they reveal radiocarbon dating shows its earliest residents would have been Middle Stone Age foragers living 31,000 to 47,000 years ago.  Excavations of the site, Fincha Habera in Ethiopia’s Bale Mountains, unearthed thousands of …

Lava Flows Suggest The Last Magnetic Pole Reversal Persisted Longer Than Thought

The magnetic field of our planet changes over time, but one particular feature that continues to puzzle scientists is the phenomenon of magnetic pole reversal. This is when the magnetic north and south pole switch for hundreds of thousands of years before the process reverses itself. Sometimes the phenomenon can happen for a “brief” interval of a few hundred years (called an excursion), where the magnetic field wanes, switches, and then goes back to normal for a bit. The last time a …

Jaybirds caught fighting over lunch in stunning pics

Phil Clark, 40, snapped the colorful and noisy animals at a bird hide in Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway. (Credit: SWNS) ADORABLE ORPHANED BABY KOALA GETS ARM CAST AFTER FALLING FROM TREE “You don’t always see jays there because they are very intelligent and shy,” Clark said of the pictures taken on Aug. 3. “To see two of them fighting for food was extremely uncommon. They are quite territorial. They are vocal and they shout once they see another bird coming.” …

From Baba Yaga to Hermione Granger: why we’re spellbound by ‘witcherature’

Vengeful, seductive, feminist, misogynist … witches have appeared in many forms in literature. Now a new generation of novelists are falling under their spell A witch is a woman who has too much power. Or, to quote the novelist #MeToo world, where Donald Trump a fan of the term witch-hunt is US president, it is really no surprise that female writers are examining the role of the witch in new ways. Since Trumps election, which inspired mass spell-casting by thousands …

Posing with octopus on face sends Washington woman to hospital

Jamie Bisceglia of Fox Island, Wash., was sent to the hospital after posing for a photo with an octopus on her face last Friday. (Jamie Bisceglia) KEY TO UNDERSTANDING ALIENS MIGHT BE UNLOCKED BY OCTOPUS’ TENTACLES She also asked the men to take a photo of her with the sea creature, intending to enter the snap in the derby’s photography contest: “It’s soft, it’s squishy, it doesn’t feel like it can hurt you — I put it on my face.” And at first, …

Do You Really Need An Assault Rifle To Protect Yourself From Feral Hogs?

Last weekend, the US experienced two mass shootings in less than 24 hours – the first in El Paso, Texas, and the second in Dayton, Ohio. This puts 2019’s mass shooting tally anywhere between 17 and 290+, depending on your definition. At least, 62 people have been killed as a result, Time reports. The double-tragedy has put the issue of gun control back on the agenda – and in particular, regulations around assault weapons, like those used by the shooters. – “If you’re on here arguing …

We Illustrated 6 People Who Dreamed Their Breakthrough Ideas

A comfy bed and a good night’s sleep are essential when it comes to brain function. Slipping into a freshly made bed with lush, fresh bedding really can set the tone for how easily you’ll settle into a peaceful slumber. Once you drift off to sleep, there really is no limit to where your dreams may take you. Sometimes unbelievable and seemingly impossible, your dreams really can have a huge impact; changing your mind on something you were sure you …