Seen from space, the snow-capped Alps are going green

Nov 26, 2022

A view of Piz Bernina. The famous snow-capped peaks of the Alps are fading fast and being replaced by vegetation cover—a process called "greening" that is expected to accelerate climate change, a study said Thursday. The research, published in Science, was based on 38 years of satellite imagery across the entirety of the iconic European mountain range. "We were very surprised, honestly, to find such a huge trend in greening," first author Sabine Rumpf, an ecologist at the Univer ...read more

This lizard species can switch from female to male prior to birth

Nov 26, 2022

A team of researchers from the University of Tasmania and a colleague from the University of Canberra discovered that a lizard species can convert from female to male before giving birth. The group outlines trials they conducted with snow skinks in Tasmania and what they learnt in an article published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Some species that lay eggs, such as frogs, reptiles, and fish, have been demonstrated to undergo a gender switch while still in the egg. This has been asc ...read more

Which is colder: The North or South Pole?

Nov 26, 2022

Home News Lifes-little-mysteries Two Gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis papua), Peterman Island, near Lemaire Channel, Graham Land, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica. (Image credit: Holger Leue via Getty Images) The North Pole and South Pole are the coldest places on Earth . However, as similar as these areas might seem, one is far icier than the other. So, which pole is colder? Both the North Pole and South Pole are cold because their positions at the top and bottom ...read more

NASA’s DAVINCI Space Probe To Plunge Through Hellish Atmosphere of Venus

Nov 26, 2022

NASA’s DAVINCI mission will study the origin, evolution, and present state of Venus in unprecedented detail from near the top of the clouds to the planet’s surface. The mission’s goal is to help answer longstanding questions about our neighboring planet, especially whether Venus was ever wet and habitable like Earth. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Last year, NASA selected the DAVINCI mission as part of its Discovery program. It will investigate the origin, evolution ...read more

Ecological toll of Japan's switch to farming revealed by 1850s maps

Nov 26, 2022

By Christa Lesté-Lasserre Ishikari plain and Ishikari river on Hokkaido, Japan – a region that has lost many birds in 150 years Masayuki Yamashita / Alamy More than 70 per cent of birds – and a similar proportion of bird species – have disappeared in a region of Japan once occupied by hunter-gatherers and converted into farmland only a century and a half ago. The Ishikari Lowland in north-west Japan was still inhabited by hunter-gatherer communities until the 19th century. Usi ...read more

As Private Schools Close, Public Classrooms Fight Overcrowding

Nov 26, 2022

BUSIA, UGANDA — One word can describe every day in Marion Onyango’s P1 classroom at Dabani Boys Primary School in the eastern Ugandan town of Busia: chaotic. “Class, keep quiet, so we can start learning!” she shouts at the top of her lungs, hoping for a moment of calmness to begin the lesson. It doesn’t come. “Teacher, I am quiet!” one pupil shouts. “Me too, teacher!” another exclaims. More shouts of “me too, teacher” ricochet around the classroom, prompting a clearly frus ...read more

Stacey Solomon enjoys first dip in new swimming pool despite pouring rain

Nov 26, 2022

Stacey Solomon finally had the chance to take a first dip in her swimming pool after it was recently completed. The Loose Women star, 32, told her fans that her last few mornings have been spent by the poolside, which she is feeling extra grateful for. Taking to her Story, she posted a video of her daughter Rose enjoying some time in the water with her brothers, as she relaxed on a floating canopy. Stacey revealed it has been pouring down with rain and it’s been hard to keep the boys out of t ...read more

Esteghlal FC’s manager Farhad Majidi joins UAE’s Ittihad Kalba

Nov 26, 2022

Iran’s Esteghlal FC’s manager Farhad Majidi has signed a contract with Emirati football club Ittihad Kalba to lead the team in the Persian Gulf country’s soccer league. Ittihad Kalba said in a statement that they had been keeping an eye on Majidi since March and that they made a final decision to sign a contract with him. The Emirati club published a photo of Majdi on its website with a caption reading “Welcome to the Castle of Tiger!” A spokesman for Ittihad Kalba said Majidi has a ...read more

Met police did not consult us on children’s data project, say youth violence experts

Nov 26, 2022

Youth violence experts have said they had no involvement with a police scheme that collects children’s personal data, despite the Met claiming to have consulted them. Project Alpha, involving more than 30 staff and launched in 2019 with Home Office funding, scours social media sites looking at drill music videos and other content. It has prompted concerns about racial profiling and potential privacy violations. The Met has claimed that it approached a range of organisations as part of ...read more

NPFL: Plateau United pile pressure on Rivers United

Nov 26, 2022

Plateau United revived their hopes of winning a second Nigeria Professional Football League title after a hard-fought 1-0 win against Kano Pillars in Jos on Sunday. Jesse Akila netted the decisive goal seven minutes before the break. Fidelis Ilechukwu’s side reduced the gap between them and leaders Rivers United to seven points. Rivers United went down to a 1-0 defeat to Wikki Tourists in Bauchi. Manu Garba scored the decisive goal for Wikki Tourists in the 14th minute. In Ikenne, Remo Stars ...read more