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  • A new report declaring a climate emergency has been signed by thousands of scientists. But it remains hopeful, outlining six steps we can take to mitigate the worst effects of climate change – provided we act sooner rather than later.
  • Found preserved in 30-million-year-old amber, the "mold pig" is so different from anything else that it’s been placed in a new genus all of its own.
  • Using magnetism to heat up nanoparticles inside a tumor to destroy nearby cancer cells certainly falls among the more experimental forms of cancer treatment, but scientists are now reporting an exciting advance in this area with some promising early results on mice.
  • ​Although many people do send paper off to be recycled, the recycling process isn't entirely eco-friendly – it requires a lot of power, and incorporates toxic chemicals. Now, however, scientists have developed a method of simply removing the printed text from sheets of paper, so they can be reused.
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    Most water filters work by a sieve principle, in which particles that are too big to pass through a filtration membrane's pores end up collecting on it. The problem is, such filters get clogged with trapped particles. The manta ray, however, has developed a work-around.
  • Containment measures are in development to keep GMOs from escaping and potentially disrupting natural ecosystems. To that end, researchers have now conducted a multi-year study using GMO poplar trees and found that engineering them to be sexually sterile is an effective containment measure.
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    ​​It's a shame when any bird is killed by colliding with the blades of a wind turbine, but it's particularly sad when that bird is a protected species. With that in mind, scientists are developing technology that could deter eagles away from turbines, and detect when they hit the blades.​
  • ​Even though blue whales don't have hands, or even feet, a new study has shown that most of them are in fact right-handed. This can be seen in the way that they feed. Interestingly, however, there's one particular situation in which they tend to go left instead.
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    ​Ordinarily, when we think of prehistoric items that have been preserved in amber, things like insects come to mind. Recently, however, scientists uncovered what are claimed to be the first fossilized red blood cells from a mammal – likely a monkey.
  • ​Projections for the way in which our planet will be affected by the current trend of rapid planetary warming are dire. Now, a new report says that if we keep cooking the planet, there will be mass starvation on ocean floors and a decrease in the human food supply as well.
  • Some day in the not-too-distant future, a bipedal robot may carry a package to your front door. That scenario is envisioned by Jonathan Hurst, CTO of Agility Robotics. To that end, his group has developed an ostrich-like two-legged walking robot … and it's called Cassie.​
  • ​​There are around one million insects that have been discovered and described by scientists, with every last one slotting into one of 31 categories, known in entomology circles as orders. But the discovery of a new alien-like insect preserved in amber has forced them to revisit the playbook.