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New evidence shows that people may have inhabited Australia 80,000 years ago

Finds at a rock shelter in Kakadu National Park suggest that humans have been living in Australia for least 65,000 years, and possibly even up to 80,000 years—far longer than previ...

Martian soil found to contain lethal chemicals that can destroy life

The chances of discovering life on Mars have fallen following the discovery that the soil on the Red Planet contains toxic chemicals capable of wiping out living organisms. Experim...

Discovery of 300,000-year-old remains rewrites story of human evolution

Fossil bones discovered in an old mine in Morocco, northwestern Africa, have challenged the idea that Homo sapiens—modern humans—first evolved in East Africa 200,000 years ago. Jea...

Global Seed Vault threatened by floods caused by climate change

The Global Seed Vault, a secure bank of the world’s seeds located on a remote Arctic island, has flooded after the surrounding permafrost melted. Unusually high temperatures in the...

Space probe Cassini dives through the gap between Saturn and its rings

The space probe Cassini has begun its final sequence of orbits of Saturn, passing between the planet and its rings, and ending with a final plunge into the planet itself on 15th Se...

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