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October 29, 2017 7:11 PM Climate Change & Anthropocene Extinction 29: Last straw Madagascar bamboo lemur drying out

When you’re looking at the effects of climate change on the forests of Africa, you may be inclined to overlook Madagascar, the continent’s largest island. But especially when biodiversity is your concern, it deserves special attention. In fact Madagascar has more endemic-only tree species than any other African country. And although the Congo Basin – Africa’s 3

October 25, 2017 7:31 PM The Kinect was good. It just wasn't good for gaming

Microsoft discontinued the Kinect today, ending the motion-sensing Xbox peripheral's lifespan after seven long years of gaming mediocrity and wasted potential. Although the Kinect wasn't exactly a huge success and barely supported any games worth playing for more than a few hours, it managed to leave a lasting mark not just on gaming, but on the technology 17

October 25, 2017 4:59 PM 2 new CRISPR tools overcome the scariest parts of gene editing

The ability to edit RNA and individual DNA base pairs will make gene editing much more precise. Several years ago, scientists discovered a technique known as CRISPR/Cas9, which allowed them to edit DNA more efficiently than ever before. Since then, CRISPR science has exploded; it’s become one of the most exciting and fast-moving areas of research, transforming 8

October 20, 2017 9:16 PM Pollution More Deadly Than War, Smoking, Or AIDS: Lancet Study

Environmental pollutants are killing at least 9 million people worldwide. OTTAWA — Pollution kills more people around the world than war and infectious diseases, says a new report — proof, environmental lobbyists say, of why Canada needs enforceable national air quality standards. The Lancet medical journal study out Friday suggests at least nine million 12

October 19, 2017 3:26 PM Insects Are In Serious Trouble

In western Germany, populations of flying insects have fallen by around 80 percent in the last three decades. Since 1989, scientists from the Entomological Society Krefeld had been collecting insects in the nature reserves and protected areas of western Germany. They set up malaise traps—large tents that funnel any incoming insect upward through a cone of fabric 21

October 19, 2017 10:31 AM Flying Insect Numbers Fall by 75 Percent, Threatening 'Ecological Armageddon'

The total number of flying insects in protected areas in Germany has dropped by over 75 percent in the past 27 years. Scientists noted the major decline of bees, butterflies, moths and other winged creatures across 63 key areas and said it could not be explained by changes to habitat or weather, instead speculating that widespread pesticide use may be to blame 7

October 19, 2017 9:17 AM 'This is very alarming!': Flying insects vanish from nature preserves

Biologists call this the windshield phenomenon. It's a symptom, they say, of a vanishing population. "For those of us who look, I think all of us are disturbed and all of us are seeing fewer insects," said Scott Black, executive director of the Portland, Ore.-based Xerces Society, a nonprofit environmental group that promotes insect conservation. "On warm summer 13

October 18, 2017 11:01 AM Pixel 2 vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which camera is better?

To find out which 2017 phone's camera is better, we put them to the test at Pier 39 in San Francisco. The phones were mounted on a rig that lined up the lenses at almost the same angle. Most shots were taken on the default camera settings with auto HDR unless we say otherwise. As impressed as we were last year with the overall results on the Pixel, portraits 44

October 16, 2017 3:56 AM Microsoft builds epic tree house office space for employees

THE biggest tech companies on the planet seem to be competing for who can build the coolest offices — and we have a new favourite. And Microsoft has arguably outdone them all by building every kid’s dream tree house. The new office facility for Microsoft staff is an elaborate treetop meeting space at its corporate headquarters in Redmond, Washington 11

October 14, 2017 1:01 PM Biology in space and on Earth: Studies on the ISS

What happens on the return to the Earth after the trip? “Around the World in Eighty Days” was the famous 1873 novel by the French writer Jules Verne. It was a challenge then. A century and half later, anyone can do this within 80 hours, on an airplane. We can now go around half the world (say, from India to California) in 20 hours. That of course upsets 8