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Ecuador’s largest waterfall has disappeared

The largest waterfall in Ecuador has seemingly vanished after a sinkhole swallowed part of its water source. San Rafael Waterfall on the Coca River was a prominent tourist attraction for the country, and according to NASA, drew tens of thousands of people every year. The water dropped 150 feet into a crater-like opening on the…

Evidence of ancient rainforests found in Antarctica

Evidence of ancient rainforests found in Antarctica

When dinosaurs roamed the Earth 90 million years ago, the planet was much warmer, including Antarctica at the South Pole. But in a surprising twist, researchers have discovered evidence that Antarctica also supported a swampy rainforest at the time, according to a new study. Researchers captured a slice of the seafloor using a drill rig…

In Panama, coronavirus lockdown means separating men and women

In Panama, coronavirus lockdown means separating men and women

Panama is taking a new — if somewhat unorthodox — measure to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus: separation of the sexes. Starting on Wednesday, only women will be able to leave their homes to buy necessities on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Men in Panama will be allowed to venture outside to run errands…

Scientists have recorded the first ever heat wave in this part of Antarctica

Scientists have recorded the first ever heat wave in this part of Antarctica

Climate scientists have recorded the first heat wave at a research base in East Antarctica, warning that such “unprecedented” temperatures could impact animals and plantlife in the region. Researchers from the Australian Antarctic Program recorded the heat wave at the Casey Research Station — located on the northern part of Bailey Peninsula on the Budd…

Moon bases could be built using astronaut urine

Moon bases could be built using astronaut urine

When NASA astronauts return to the moon in 2024, they’ll need a lunar base that allows them to stay on the surface. And the astronauts may build their base using something readily available: their urine. As part of NASA’s Artemis program, the first woman and next man on the moon will be landing at the…

The moral calculus of sanctions amid coronavirus crisis

Never let a crisis go to waste. It’s a cynical maxim in politics, but one the Trump administration appears to be following now as it maintains pressure on Iran and Venezuela: Refuse to relax economic stress amid the destabilizing effect of the coronavirus pandemic, in hopes of splintering enemy regimes. Humanitarian supplies are technically exempt…

Meteorites reveal that Martian water came from different sources

Meteorites reveal that Martian water came from different sources

One of the biggest mysteries in piecing together the story of Mars’ past is a key question: Where did the water come from? Researchers may have found a large clue in tiny slices from Martian meteorites that fell to Earth, according to a new study. Mars was likely a warm, wet planet billions of years…

Plastic-eating bacteria could be small step toward tackling world’s pollution crisis

Plastic-eating bacteria could be small step toward tackling world’s pollution crisis

Plastic products made with polyurethane, a synthetic chemical compound, typically end up buried in a landfill. Now scientists discovered a strain of bacteria, the first of its kind, that can degrade the harmful compounds in polyurethane products — a positive step toward reducing the amount of plastic pollution in the environment. The findings were published…

8 killed as plane reportedly carrying medical supplies crashes in the Philippines

A Tokyo-bound plane crashed while taking off from Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the Philippines capital city of Manila on Sunday, killing all eight on board, airport personnel told CNN. All passengers on board Lion Air Flight RPC 5880 died after the plane caught fire as it was taking off from the airport, according to…

Coronavirus preys on what terrifies us: dying alone

Coronavirus preys on what terrifies us: dying alone

Steve Kaminski was whisked into an ambulance near his home on New York’s Upper East Side last week. He never saw his family again. Kaminski died days later of covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Because of fears of contagion, no visitors, including his family, were allowed to see him at Mt. Sinai…

European Neanderthals ate fresh seafood, which may have given their brains a boost

European Neanderthals ate fresh seafood, which may have given their brains a boost

Some Neanderthals really enjoyed their surf and turf rather than mammoth steaks, according to a new study. The recent excavation of a cave site along Portugal’s coast revealed a wealth of fossilized remains of food, including fish, birds and mammals. It’s estimated that Neanderthals lived in the cave, known as Figueira Brava, between 86,000 and…

Newly discovered feathered dinosaur was one of the last raptors before extinction

Newly discovered feathered dinosaur was one of the last raptors before extinction

About 67 million years ago, a feathered raptor dinosaur with the grace and hunting skills of a cheetah took down prey with grasping sickle-like claws. The fossils of the newly discovered dinosaur, Dineobellator notohesperus, were discovered in New Mexico, according to a new study. Robert Sullivan, research associate at the New Mexico Museum of Natural…