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Decoding of tarsier genome reveals ties to humans

Tarsiers -- tiny, carnivorous primates -- are our distant cousins, according to scientists who sequenced and analyzed the tarsier genome. Their findings place tarsiers on the evolutionary branch that leads to monkeys, great apes and humans.

Spring starting earlier in U.S. national parks, study finds

Spring is beginning earlier than its historical average in three-quarters of United States' national parks studied in new research that employed models created by a climatologist.

New EPA Web Portal Helps Communities Prepare for Climate Change

WASHINGTON– The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today launched a new online portal that will provide local leaders in the nation’s 40,000 communities with information and tools to increase resilience to climate change. Source: https://www.epa.gov/

EPA’s New Web Portal Helps Communities in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska Prepare for...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched a new online portal that will provide communities here in the Pacific Northwest and across the U.S. with information and tools to increase resilience to climate change. Source: https://www.epa.gov/

Today’s most successful fish weren’t always evolutionary standouts

Take a glance around the oceans, rivers and lakes of today and you'll confront an astonishing diversity of fish, from narrow-bodied eels to the 25-foot-long giant oarfish to delicate, fluttering seahorses. The vast majority of fish alive today -- approximately 96 percent -- are known as teleosts, a group of ray-finned fish that emerged 260 million years ago.

Science at cusp of ‘transformational’ grasp of life via cell modeling

Advances in molecular biology and computer science around the world soon may lead to a three-dimensional computer model of a cell, the fundamental unit of life, outlines a new report. According to the authors, the development could herald a new era for biological research, medical science, and human and animal health.

Placodonts illuminate a crushing evolutionary question

Studying the physical features of long-extinct creatures continues to yield surprising new knowledge of how evolution fosters traits desirable for survival in diverse environments. Placodonts are a case in point -- specifically, the placodont teeth.

Early marijuana use associated with abnormal brain function, lower IQ

In a new study, scientists have discovered that early marijuana use may result in abnormal brain function and lower IQ.

How do birds dive safely at high speeds? New research explains

To surprise their prey, some species of seabirds dive into the water at speeds greater than 50 miles per hour. A human diver entering the water that fast would likely sustain serious injuries, but birds, such as gannets and boobies, pull off these dives safely in spite of their slender necks.

Carbon dioxide levels race past troubling milestone

Carbon dioxide levels in Earth's atmosphere passed a troubling milestone for good this summer and locked in levels of the heat-trapping gas not seen for millions of years.

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May heads to Brussels after EU vote loss

The EU summit comes after a Tory rebellion defeats the government in a key vote on Brexit. Source: BBC

Royals to attend Grenfell fire memorial at St Paul’s

PM will also join victims of the blaze for a multi-faith service at St Paul's Cathedral in London. Source: BBC

New U.S. embassy in London cost more than $1B

The special relationship between the U.S. and Britain apparently requires a very special U.S. embassy in London. The new one, opening next month, cost more than $1 billion. Charlie D'Agata takes a look.