New global climate protests kick off in smoky Sydney

Asia Pacific / Science & Health Nov 29, 2019

New global climate protests kick off in smoky Sydney

Protesters in smoke-covered Sydney kicked off a fresh round of global protests against climate change on Friday, with activists and schoolchildren picketing the headquarters of bush fire-ravaged Australia's ruling party. Hundreds of people gathered at the conservative Liberal party's offices to heed the call to ...

World Nov 24, 2019

Spilled oil washes up in Brazil's Rio state

Oil from a spill that has contaminated a stretch of Brazil's coast was detected in Rio de Janeiro state, the navy said Saturday, as President Jair Bolsonaro warned the country was preparing for the worst. Some 300 grams — a small quantity of oil — ...

Hair-raising truth behind pigeons' lost toes

World / Offbeat Nov 14, 2019

Hair-raising truth behind pigeons' lost toes

Next time you visit your hairdresser, spare a thought for the pigeons. For a long time scientists thought the fact that pigeons in urban environments often lost their toes was due to some form of infection or was a reaction to chemical pollutants. But now researchers ...