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Blood-sucking body lice may have spread plague more than thought, science suggests

Lab experiments support the possibility that the blood-sucking bugs may have played a role in the rapid spread of the plague in the Middle Ages.
Light micrograph of female of human body louse
Light micrograph of female of human body louse

Threatened howler monkeys are dropping dead from trees as heat toll mounts in Mexico

In the state of Tabasco, temperatures are forecast this week to surpass 113 degrees Fahrenheit.
Dozens of howler monkeys have died due to drought and high temperatures in Comalcalo, Mexico.
Dozens of howler monkeys have died due to drought and high temperatures in Comalcalo, Mexico.

These Mexicans are trying to save the volcano axolotl, a beloved and endangered amphibian

Drying rivers threaten the endangered salamander-like amphibian, which is a crucial part of the region's ecosystem and has been part of Mexican mythology and culture since pre-Hispanic times.
salamander volcano
salamander volcano
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Ed Dwight, America's first Black astronaut candidate, becomes oldest person to reach space

Dwight was an Air Force pilot when President John F. Kennedy championed him as a candidate for NASA’s early astronaut corps.
Blue Origin flew adventurers to the final frontier on Sunday for the first time in nearly two years, reigniting competition in the space tourism market after a rocket mishap put its crewed operations on hold.
Blue Origin flew adventurers to the final frontier on Sunday for the first time in nearly two years, reigniting competition in the space tourism market after a rocket mishap put its crewed operations on hold.

New research could solve the mystery behind the construction of Egypt's pyramids

Why are Egypt’s pyramids in a remote desert? New research says the Nile used to flow there.
egypt giza pyramids camels tourists
egypt giza pyramids camels tourists

World's oceans have gone 'crazy haywire,' officials warn, with majority of coral reefs in peril

Conditions last year were so unusually warm in some waters that heat stress levels were literally off the charts of NOAA's alert system.
Reef fishes swim over a reef
Reef fishes swim over a reef

Cities look for new ways to keep people safe — and alive — as extreme summer heat looms

Preparations for severe heat waves have been underway for many months in parts of the country that were hit hard last year.
A Jet takes flight from Sky Harbor International Airport as the sun sets over downtown Phoenix, Wednesday, July 12, 2023. Millions of people around the Southwest are living through a historic heat wave. Phoenix is currently America's hottest large city with temperatures forecast to hit as high as 119 degrees Fahrenheit.
A Jet takes flight from Sky Harbor International Airport as the sun sets over downtown Phoenix, Wednesday, July 12, 2023. Millions of people around the Southwest are living through a historic heat wave. Phoenix is currently America's hottest large city with temperatures forecast to hit as high as 119 degrees Fahrenheit.
9d ago

Mona Lisa's mysterious background decrypted by art-loving geologist

“When I came to Lecco, I realized he had painted the 'Mona Lisa' here,” said Renaissance specialist Ann Pizzorusso.
Over 500 years after Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa, an academic believes she has unraveled the mystery about the backdrop to one of the world’s most famous works of art.
Over 500 years after Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa, an academic believes she has unraveled the mystery about the backdrop to one of the world’s most famous works of art.
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First crewed launch of Boeing's spacecraft is delayed yet again due to a new issue

An issue with the capsule's rocket forced the launch to be postponed last week. But now, a new technical issue concerning the Starliner itself has forced another delay.
A close-up of the  Starliner capsule
A close-up of the  Starliner capsule

Orcas sink yacht with 2 aboard in Strait of Gibraltar

Passengers reported feeling sudden blows to the hull and rudder before water started seeping into the ship.
Underwater view of a female orca splashing through the water after it has gone up to breath, Pacific Ocean, New Zealand.
Underwater view of a female orca splashing through the water after it has gone up to breath, Pacific Ocean, New Zealand.

Big banks still funnel hundreds of billions into the fossil fuel industry, report shows

Activists have long sought to put pressure on the money that undergirds oil, gas and coal. But a report shows how global banks continue to finance fossil-fuel-related endeavors.
Oil pumpjacks at dusk in Willow Springs Park in Long Beach, Calif.
Oil pumpjacks at dusk in Willow Springs Park in Long Beach, Calif.

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