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Climate-changing microbes 'made 90% of species on earth extinct'

Climate-changing microbes may have caused the biggest mass extinction in history 252 million years ago, scientists believe. Volcanic eruptions had previously been blamed for the sudden loss of 90 per cent of all species on earth at the end of the Permian era. But new research suggests volcanoes played only a bit part in the catastrophe. The chief [...] Read more

Scientists solve the riddle of zebras’ stripes

Why zebras have black and white stripes is a question that has intrigued scientists and spectators for centuries. A research team led by the University of California, Davis, has now examined this riddle systematically. Their answer is published today, April 1, in the online journal Nature Communications. The scientists found that biting flies, [...] Read more

Ocean discovered on Enceladus

Researchers have discovered a deep saltwater ocean on one of the many small moons that orbit Saturn, leading scientists to conclude it is the most likely place in the solar system for extraterrestrial life to be found. Gravitational field measurements taken by Nasa's Cassini space probe revealed that a 10km-deep ocean of water, larger than Lake [...] Read more

Reaching For Our Revolvers

1. Europe: From division to unity to fragmentation As the Iron Curtain was coming down, Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Double Life of Veronique (1991) not only captured elegantly the emotional impact of Europe’s post-war division but also conveyed a brooding angst about the promised ‘European Union’. Kieślowski’s device was [...] Read more

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