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Why are there so many types of lizards?

Researchers have sequenced the complete genetic code -- the genome -- of several vertebrate species from Panama. They found that changes in genes involved in the interbrain (the site of the pineal gland and other endocrine glands), for color vision, hormones and the colorful dewlap that males bob to attract females, may contribute to the formation of boundaries between species. Genes regulating limb development also evolved especially quickly.

The way streets and buildings are arranged makes a big difference in how heat...

A new study shows a way to dial down the urban heat island effects that can pump up city temperatures, through different city planning based on classical physics formulas.

Domestic goat dating back to the Neolithic Corded Ware period identified in Finland

Goat hairs have been found in a grave structure that was discovered in the 1930s in Kauhava, western Finland. These are the oldest animal hairs found in Finland. From the perspective of Finnish prehistory, the finding supports the evidence of animal husbandry practised during the Corded Ware period, while also revealing details of burial rituals.

Putin ally’s private army behind attack on U.S.-backed forces?

Oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin believed to control the mercenaries behind deadly confrontation with U.S. military in northern Syria

Putin ally reportedly linked to Russian mercenaries who attacked U.S. allies

There are new details about an attack on American forces and our allies in Syria that's being linked to the Russian government. The Russians were reportedly working for oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin, a close ally of Vladimir Putin and the same man accused of running a troll factory that targeted American voters. Elizabeth Palmer reports.

U.S. Olympian tours a South Korean dog meat farm

4 years after rescuing 5 strays during Sochi Games, skier Gus Kenworthy continues advocacy by visiting "one of the saddest places"

Drug errors cause appalling harm and deaths, says Hunt

Mistakes made by the NHS in England could be a factor in more than 22,000 deaths a year. Source: BBC

RBS reports first profit in 10 years

The taxpayer-owned bank has made an annual profit the first time since the financial crisis. Source: BBC

Florida school shooting: Armed officer ‘did not confront killer’

An armed deputy stood outside the building as the Florida shooting took place, officials say. Source: BBC

Sweet, bitter, fat: Genetics play a role in kids’ snacking patterns

The types of snacks a child chooses could be linked to genetics, a new study found. The study investigated whether genetic variants in taste receptors related to sweet, fat and bitter tastes influence the snacks preschoolers choose and found nearly 80 per cent carried at least one of these genotypes that could predispose them to poor snacking habits. These findings could help parents tailor their kids' diets based on their genetics of taste.

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Syria war: UN Security Council approves 30-day ceasefire

Some of the biggest jihadist rebel groups, and their associates, are not covered by the truce. Source: BBC

Vicar of Dibley actress Emma Chambers dies aged 53

Dawn French and Hugh Grant among co-stars to pay tribute to the "loving" Vicar of Dibley actress. Source: BBC

La Casa Blanca acuerda divulgar el memo demócrata

La Comisión de Inteligencia de la Cámara de Representantes dio a conocer el sábado un memorando demócrata en forma redactada que busca refutar las acusaciones republicanas sobre abusos en la vigilancia realizada por el FBI Fuente: Cnnenespanol.com