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From what we know about SARS-CoV-2, somewhere between 60 and 72 percent of a population needs to be immune to the virus for its spread to stop. That’s without taking isolation measures into account.   The exact number will depend Read more…


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Animal models are unavoidable, if unfortunate, necessities in modern research. In light of our ethical regards towards fuzzy, feathering, scaly test subjects, we would hope every life spent contributes vital data that expands our knowledge.   A study on research Read more…


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A record 212 people who defend our land and environment were killed last year, reports Global Witness – an international NGO dedicated to preventing extractive industries from infringing on human rights. This is an average of more than four people Read more…


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Sixty percent of Americans agree that newly confirmed coronavirus cases are primarily caused by new infections, according to a new survey – but most Republicans blame increased testing instead.   The survey, conducted by Pew Research Centre, found that 62 percent of Read more…


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Overfishing has wiped out over 70 percent of some shark and ray populations in the last half-century, leaving a “gaping, growing hole” in ocean life, according to a new study. Researchers found alarming declines in species ranging from hammerhead sharks Read more…


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The world’s smallest male reptile can fit right on your fingertip – if its massive genitals don’t get in its way. Meet Brookesia nana, an extremely tiny species of chameleon from the rainforests of northern Madagascar.   Researchers recently described one male and Read more…


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Apocalypse or revolution? Depending on the study making headlines, insect numbers around the world are either in dramatic freefall or simply an alarming state of flux, with some species even benefiting from changes in climate.   While researchers debate the Read more…


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A new technique using diamonds and titanium has the potential to help remove plastic microfibres before they enter the environment, by decomposing them into naturally occurring molecules.   It’s a secret the fashion industry would prefer to keep under wraps – most Read more…


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For the very first time, the European Union is generating more energy from renewables than from fossil fuels.  A newly published report confirms that in 2020, wind, solar, hydropower and biomass shouldered 38 percent of the EU’s electricity demands, while Read more…


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Modern-day aircraft already make use of jet streams to save time and fuel, but a new study shows that by being a bit smarter about how they ride these winds, transatlantic flights could be using up to 16 percent less Read more…

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