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Exploitation of wildlife by humans through hunting, trade, habitat degradation, and urbanization facilitates close contact between wildlife and humans, which increases the risk of virus spillover.  (Image: UC Davis)

The Link Between Virus Spillover and the Environment

As COVID-19 spreads across the globe, a common question is, can infectious diseases be connected to environmental change? Yes, indicates a study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Exploitation of wildlife by humans through hunting, trade, habitat degradation,…

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Swarm Probes Weakening of Earth’s Magnetic Field

In an area stretching from Africa to South America, Earth’s magnetic field is gradually weakening. This strange behavior has geophysicists puzzled and is causing technical disturbances in satellites orbiting Earth.…

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‘Murder Hornets’ Add Bite to Bee Population Worries

‘Murder hornets’ have entered the North American landscape and lexicon with horror-film imagery. Vespa mandarina – also known as Asian giant hornets – are thumb-sized carnivores with huge mandibles, outsized appetites, and…

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The Link Between Virus Spillover and the Environment

As COVID-19 spreads across the globe, a common question is, can infectious diseases be connected to environmental change? Yes, indicates a study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society…

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Fossil Skull Casts Doubt Over Modern Human Ancestry

Griffith University scientists have led an international team to date the skull of an early human found in Africa, potentially upending human evolution knowledge with their discovery. The Broken Hill…

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Planetary Defenders Validate Asteroid Deflection Code

Planetary defense researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) continue to validate their ability to accurately simulate how they might deflect an Earth-bound asteroid in a study that will be…

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What Causes An Ice Age to End?

New University of Melbourne research has revealed that ice ages over the last million years ended when the tilt angle of the Earth’s axis was approaching higher values. During these…