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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…

NASA astronaut helps family fulfill a 9/11 victim’s dream
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NASA astronaut helps family fulfill a 9/11 victim’s dream

When Chandler “Chad” Keller was a child, he dreamed of being an astronaut. From the time he was six years old, Chad and his father, Richard Keller, would launch rockets in their backyard. But “his eyes were kind of bad,” according to his father, so Chad pursued a degree in aerospace engineering from the University…

How many deaths can we take?
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How many deaths can we take?

There needs to be enough immunity in the general population from vaccines or infections for the Covid-19 pandemic to transition to an endemic phase — similar to manageable diseases like influenza. This growing debate on whether Covid-19 is endemic really rests on what we are “willing to accept,” said CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay…

Pressure mounts on UK to delay UN climate talks as delegates complain of vaccine gap
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Pressure mounts on UK to delay UN climate talks as delegates complain of vaccine gap

The president of the UN climate change conference insisted Tuesday that the event scheduled for November in Glasgow “must go ahead in person,” after a network of 1,500 civil society groups called for the negotiations to be postponed. The Climate Action Network (CAN), which includes groups from more than 130 countries, argued that the failure…

Animals are ‘shape shifting’ in response to climate change
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Animals are ‘shape shifting’ in response to climate change

Some warm-blooded animals are experiencing shifts in their body shapes, likely as a response to the pressures of climate change, according to a new review of existing research. Animals are getting larger beaks, legs and ears that allow them to better regulate their body temperatures as the planet gets hotter, with birds particularly affected, said…

This premature supernova was triggered by a dead star
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This premature supernova was triggered by a dead star

When a dead star plunges into an active star, expect an explosion of astronomical proportions that isn’t supposed to happen yet. Astronomers were able to work out this stellar puzzle after tracing an unusual burst of bright radio waves in 2017. The radio waves were captured by the Very Large Array Sky Survey, a collaborative…

El Salvador’s top court paves way for president’s re-election
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El Salvador’s top court paves way for president’s re-election

El Salvador’s highest court has ruled that the country’s president can serve two consecutive terms in office, paving the way for current president Nayib Bukele to run for re-election in 2024. The decision was delivered late Friday night by judges appointed in May by the country’s newly elected Congress — which is dominated by Bukele’s…

Perseverance rover successfully collects first Martian sample
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Perseverance rover successfully collects first Martian sample

While we were enjoying the weekend, the Perseverance rover was hard at work making history on Mars. New images with better lighting reveal that the rover did, in fact, successfully collect a Martian rock sample last week. Now, the rover is processing and sealing the sample tube. It’s the first Mars rock core sample to…

Nearly 30% of 138,000 assessed species are facing extinction, group warns
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Nearly 30% of 138,000 assessed species are facing extinction, group warns

A top international conservation agency warned that 28% of the 138,374 species identified on its “survival watchlist” as being under threat have now been moved to the more dangerous “red list” — meaning they are at high risk of extinction. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) reported during its annual Red List…

Explore some of the best wildlife photography of the year
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Explore some of the best wildlife photography of the year

Our planet is wonderfully wild. It’s easy to forget that amid the daily hustle and bustle of our lives — especially for those of us who only see wildlife when a bird or a squirrel darts by the window. Remember when you were a kid and evidence of Earth’s menagerie was all around you? Whether…

An Army base in Wisconsin is welcoming Afghan refugees. The same post helped Cubans fleeing the Castro regime in 1980
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An Army base in Wisconsin is welcoming Afghan refugees. The same post helped Cubans fleeing the Castro regime in 1980

As Afghans flee the Taliban regime and flow into the United States, they are landing in places like Fort McCoy, situated in rural Wisconsin. It’s the current temporary home for up to 13,000 recently-evacuated Afghan refugees, though Army officials would not disclose the actual number on base. Marcos Andres Hernandez Calderon lives in nearby La…