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Celebrities hit the red carpet at the Met Gala, Miley Cyrus performs with Metallica and a “megapod” of whales surfaces in Australia. These are the must-watch videos of the week. Strike a pose After a brief hiatus from the pandemic, this year’s Met Gala returned better than ever with an ode to American fashion. If…

The countries that are vaccinating children against Covid-19
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The countries that are vaccinating children against Covid-19

Schools are in session, Covid-19 restrictions are being relaxed en masse and the Delta variant is raging worldwide, creating a maelstrom of confusion for parents on how to best protect their unvaccinated children. Data from earlier in the pandemic showed that children are less likely to become seriously ill. The emergence of Delta has been…

Fossil reveals bird with long, flashy tail feathers that lived 120 million years ago
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Fossil reveals bird with long, flashy tail feathers that lived 120 million years ago

Scientists have uncovered the fossil of a bird that lived 120 million years ago, and it definitely had flair, including unusually long tail feathers. These flashy feathers probably didn’t help the bird achieve aerodynamic flight, but they might have helped him find a mate, according to new research. The fossil was discovered in the Jehol…

The ozone hole over the South Pole is now bigger than Antarctica
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The ozone hole over the South Pole is now bigger than Antarctica

The hole in the ozone that forms every year over the South Pole is now larger than Antarctica, scientists from the European Union’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service said Thursday. The ozone depletes and forms a hole over the Antarctic in the Southern Hemisphere’s spring, which is from August to October. It typically reaches its largest…

Biden announces global goal to reduce planet-warming methane emissions
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Biden announces global goal to reduce planet-warming methane emissions

President Joe Biden announced the United States and European Union have launched a global pledge to reduce emissions of methane — a potent greenhouse gas — nearly 30% by 2020 levels by the end of the decade. Biden made the announcement Friday morning during the Major Economies Forum, a virtual, closed-door meeting with other world…

Not a single G20 country is in line with the Paris Agreement on climate, analysis shows
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Not a single G20 country is in line with the Paris Agreement on climate, analysis shows

None of the world’s major economies — including the entire G20 — have a climate plan that meets their obligations under the 2015 Paris Agreement, according to an analysis published Wednesday, despite scientists’ warning that deep cuts to greenhouse gas emissions are needed now. The watchdog Climate Action Tracker (CAT) analyzed the policies of 36…

Ancient spider caring for her offspring is trapped in 99 million-year-old amber
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Ancient spider caring for her offspring is trapped in 99 million-year-old amber

Nothing gets between a fiercely protective mother spider and her children. Dripping tree resin trapped adult female spiders and baby spiderlings about 99 million years ago, forever showcasing the maternal care exhibited by these arthropods, according to new research. The Lagonomegopidae family of spiders is now extinct, but spiders have a long history and first…

A 9-year-old girl was raped and murdered in India. Her death is part of a bigger problem facing Dalit women
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A 9-year-old girl was raped and murdered in India. Her death is part of a bigger problem facing Dalit women

CNN spoke to several activists from Dalit Women Fight (DWF), which campaigns for the rights of women from their community. While Riya Singh and Mohini Bala are public about their work, the names of the other activists have been changed for their protection. This story is part of CNN’s commitment to covering issues around identity,…

Scientists want to resurrect the woolly mammoth. They just got $15 million to make it happen
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Scientists want to resurrect the woolly mammoth. They just got $15 million to make it happen

Bringing extinct creatures back to life is the lifeblood of science fiction. At its most tantalizing, think Jurassic Park and its stable of dinosaurs. Advances in genetics, however, are making resurrecting lost animals a tangible prospect. Scientists have already cloned endangered animals and can sequence DNA extracted from the bones and carcasses of long-dead, extinct…

227 people were killed defending the environment last year, a new report shows. That’s a record.
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227 people were killed defending the environment last year, a new report shows. That’s a record.

Behind the veil of the Covid-19 pandemic, 227 people were killed last year protecting forests, water and other natural resources under increasing stress from climate change, making 2020 the deadliest year on record for environmental defenders according to a report published Monday. The environmental and human rights watchdog Global Witness gathered and analyzed 2020 data…

Prince Charles’ charity faces fresh investigation after reported donations from Russian banker
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Prince Charles’ charity faces fresh investigation after reported donations from Russian banker

A Scottish regulator said it was investigating one of Prince Charles’ charities after a UK newspaper reported that a Russian banker had tried to donate a six-figure sum to the future king’s foundation. The Sunday Times reported that Prince Charles wrote a thank-you letter to Dmitry Leus and offered to meet him in person after…

Orban gives Pope a loaded gift during visit to Hungary
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Orban gives Pope a loaded gift during visit to Hungary

Pope Francis urged Hungarians to be more “open” and “considered” during an open-air mass in Budapest after meeting the country’s hardline Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Sunday. Orban, a self-styled defender of Christian values, has rolled back civil liberties, ranging from migrant and LGBTQ+ rights to media freedom, and worked to erode judicial and academic…

Astronauts complete NASA spacewalk to prepare for International Space Station power boost
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Astronauts complete NASA spacewalk to prepare for International Space Station power boost

European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide are back inside the International Space Station after completing a successful spacewalk Sunday to prepare for more solar array upgrades. The spacewalk started around 8:15 a.m. ET and lasted six hours and 54 minutes, according to NASA tweets and footage. Live…

Australian man with chronic pain sets world record by holding plank for over 9 hours
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Australian man with chronic pain sets world record by holding plank for over 9 hours

Nine hours, 30 minutes and 1 second. That’s how long Daniel Scali held an abdominal plank position, shattering the men’s world record. When the 28-year-old Australian man broke the record last month, the tough feat was made even more difficult by complex regional pain syndrome, or CRPS, which causes almost constant pain in his left…

How a NASA astronaut fulfilled this 9/11 victim’s space dream
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How a NASA astronaut fulfilled this 9/11 victim’s space dream

Today is one for remembrance and holding your loved ones a little tighter. There’s no way around it. September 11 will always be a difficult day because the memories don’t fade. I’ll never forget sitting in my classroom on that beautiful fall morning. The sky was impossibly blue and the air was crisp. Then, everything…

Prince Andrew served with legal papers for sex abuse lawsuit, Virginia Giuffre’s lawyers claim
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Prince Andrew served with legal papers for sex abuse lawsuit, Virginia Giuffre’s lawyers claim

Lawyers for a woman who has accused Prince Andrew of sexual abuse say they have served the senior British royal with legal papers for a lawsuit. Prince Andrew is being sued in New York by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who says he had sex with her when she was 17. Andrew has denied similar allegations from…

Perseverance’s Martian rock samples may contain ancient water bubbles
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Perseverance’s Martian rock samples may contain ancient water bubbles

Two Martian rock samples collected by the Perseverance rover may contain evidence of ancient water bubbles, according to NASA. The rock samples were found to include salt minerals, which may reveal insights about the ancient climate and habitability of Mars billions of years ago — and could even preserve evidence of ancient life, if it…

Must-watch videos of the week

Must-watch videos of the week

A pilot sets a Guinness World Record, a missing toddler is found safe, and a delivery driver saves the day. These are the must-watch videos of the week. 3,2,1 – lift off! Remarkably, it was stunt pilot Dario Costa’s first time flying in a tunnel when he earned the Guinness World Record for the longest…

Upside-down rhino experiment wins Ig Nobel Prize
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Upside-down rhino experiment wins Ig Nobel Prize

A team of researchers behind an experiment that involved hanging rhinoceroses upside down, suspended in the air by their feet, has been awarded an Ig Nobel Prize. The spoof accolade borrows its name from, but is not connected with, the world-famous Nobel Prize. Created by the science magazine Annals of Improbable Research, the annual Ig…

Russian cosmonauts conduct spacewalk despite smoke, alarm on space station
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Russian cosmonauts conduct spacewalk despite smoke, alarm on space station

Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov will conduct their second spacewalk in less than a week as they continue configurations for the new Nauka module for operations on the International Space Station. The spacewalk began Thursday at 10:51 a.m. ET, with live coverage available on NASA’s TV channel and website, and is expected to…