Category: Sciences

13th century cockatoo images spark Australia-Europe trade re-think

Drawings of an Australasian cockatoo discovered on the pages of a 13th century European manuscript suggest trade Down Under was flourishing as far back as medieval times, researchers said Tuesday.

Four images of the white cockatoo feature in the Holy…

‘Green gold’: Pakistan plants hundreds of millions of trees

The change is drastic: around the region of Heroshah, previously arid hills are now covered with forest as far as the horizon. In northwestern Pakistan, hundreds of millions of trees have been planted to fight deforestation.

In 2015 and 2016 some 16,…

BHP, Vale agree to settle one Samarco suit, second delayed

Mining giants BHP and Vale, co-owners of Samarco, Tuesday reached agreement with Brazilian public authorities to settle a 20 billion real (US$5.3 billion) civil suit over a mine collapse that left 19 people dead.

The companies also established a fram…

BHP, Vale agree to settle one Samarco suit, second delayed

Mining giants BHP and Vale, co-owners of Samarco, Tuesday reached agreement with Brazilian public authorities to settle a 20 billion real (US$5.3 billion) civil suit over a mine collapse that left 19 people dead.

The companies also established a fram…

Early detection of ‘olive tree leprosy’ with drones

A bacterial infection ravaging olive orchards in southern Europe can be detected from small planes or drones well before symptoms appear, offering panicky growers the prospect of an early warning system, scientists said Monday.

Using high-tech camer…

Neanderthals hunted in bands and speared prey up close: study

Neanderthals were capable of sophisticated, collective hunting strategies, according to an analysis of prehistoric animal remains from Germany that contradicts the enduring image of these early humans as knuckle-dragging brutes.

The cut marks — or “…

Australia failing to protect Great Barrier Reef: activists

Australia is breaching commitments to protect the embattled Great Barrier Reef from the effects of land clearing, environmental groups claimed Monday and called on the UN to probe the alleged failures.

Canberra has pledged to step up efforts to prote…

Sri Lanka arrests villagers for killing leopard

Police in Sri Lanka on Sunday arrested two men accused of beating a leopard to death in a “sickening” attack that was captured on film and sparked revulsion.

The pair were accused of killing the big cat on Thursday after it attacked nearly a dozen pe…

Dozens of last blue macaws to be reintroduced to Brazil

About 50 of the last Spix’s macaws, the blue parrot made famous in the hit animation movie “Rio,” will be reintroduced to the wild in Brazil from captivity in Europe, officials said Saturday.

Brazilian Environment Minister Edson Duarte is due in Brus…

Discarded napkin helps US police crack 32-year-old murder mystery

The mystery of the sexual assault and murder of a US teenager in Washington state has been resolved 32 years after the crime thanks to a discarded napkin, DNA tests and genetic genealogy.

Gary Hartman, 66, has been arrested and is scheduled to appear…