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Feb 2, 2017

Mexico's vaquita porpoise close to extinction

Mexico’s vaquita marina is edging closer to extinction as scientists warned Wednesday that only 30 were left despite navy efforts to intercept illegal fishing nets killing the world’s smallest porpoise. “The already desperate situation has worsened, despite existing conservation measures and current enforcement efforts,” ...

Your oldest ancestor was a sack-like creature with only one orifice

Jan 31, 2017

Your oldest ancestor was a sack-like creature with only one orifice

Humans’ earliest known relative was likely an egg-shaped creature that ate and expelled from the same gaping orifice some 540 million years ago, scientists reported Monday. Startlingly well-preserved fossils of the tiny beast, dubbed Saccorhytus, were discovered in central China’s Shaanxi province, they reported ...

Jan 29, 2017

Freezing fat: the new fad in plastic surgery

Move over liposuction, the new fad in fat is freezing it. As plastic surgeons, dermatologists and beauticians from around the world gather in Paris to analyze trends at the IMCAS esthetic congress, here is some of what’s new: No cuts, no needles, no anaesthesia. ...

Corn turning French hamsters into deranged cannibals: research

Jan 29, 2017

Corn turning French hamsters into deranged cannibals: research

A diet of corn is turning wild hamsters in northeastern France into deranged cannibals that devour their offspring, alarmed researchers have reported. “There’s clearly an imbalance,” said Gerard Baumgart, president of the Research Centre for Environmental Protection in Alsace, and an expert on the ...

Jan 29, 2017

'She Decides': Dutch put millions into birth control fund

The Dutch government announced Saturday it is putting €10 million ($10.7 million) into an international fund it has launched to finance access to birth control, abortion and sex education for women in developing nations after President Donald Trump cut U.S. funding for such services. ...

What killed Australia's ancient giant beasts?

Jan 28, 2017

What killed Australia's ancient giant beasts?

Humans exterminated an array of weird and wonderful Australian creatures within only 4,000 years of arriving on the continent, according to a recent study that shifted blame away from climate change. Before the arrival of homo sapiens, Australia boasted 450-kilogram kangaroos, wombats weighing as ...