Rhinos Return to Mozambique After 40 Years of Extinction

Mozambique is bringing rhinos into the region from South Africa four decades after the species went extinct locally. (REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko)

Over four decades after they became extinct locally, rhinos are roaming again the wilds of Mozambique, which is bringing the endangered species from South Africa in efforts to breathe new life into its parks and boost local tourism. Continue reading “Rhinos Return to Mozambique After 40 Years of Extinction”

Rare Clouds That Glow in the Dark Are the Most Vibrant in 15 Years

This week, sky watchers in the upper United States, Canada and Europe have spotted a flurry of shimmering, ghostlike wisps in the night sky. The blue-silver streaks shine brightly only after the sun has disappeared beyond the horizon, entrancing viewers with their beautiful yet somewhat eerie appearance.

These are not your everyday clouds.

Researchers say these noctilucent, or night-shining clouds, are the rarest, driest and highest clouds on Earth. The uptick of recent activity has been unlike any seen in at least the past 15 years, according to satellite data. More activity could be on the way this weekend.

“Folks in the northern U.S. and Canada should absolutely be on the lookout for noctilucent clouds over the long weekend,” said Cora Randall, a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, in an email. “We are near the peak of the noctilucent cloud season, and even in the absence of extraordinary events, they can appear over the northern continental U.S.”

The clouds most commonly occur near the poles but occasionally appear at lower latitudes as well. Rare and vibrant sightings have been reported from Oregon, Washington, Alberta, the United Kingdom and Denmark in the past few days. The best chance to see the clouds is to find a clear view close to the horizon and look north.

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Source: Spokesman

Germany to Return Over 1,000 Artifacts Known as Benin Bronzes to Nigeria

Abba Tijani, director general of the National Museums and Monuments Authority of Nigeria, looks at Benin Bronzes at the Linden Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, Wednesday June 29, 2022 . The ethnological museum houses 78 objects, including 64 bronzes,from the former royal house of Benin, whose core area is located in what is now southwestern Nigeria. Germany is set to sign an agreement in Nigeria that paves the way for the return of important sculptures known as the Benin Bronzes that were taken from Africa in the late 19th century. (Bernd Weissbrod/dpa via AP)

Germany and Nigeria on Friday signed an agreement paving the way for the return of hundreds of artifacts known as the Benin Bronzes that were taken from Africa more than 120 years ago — an accord that Nigerian officials hope will prompt other countries to follow suit. Continue reading “Germany to Return Over 1,000 Artifacts Known as Benin Bronzes to Nigeria”

Marble Head of Hercules Discovered in 2,000-Year-Old Shipwreck in Greece

The head features short curled hair and a big beard.

A marble statue of Hercules in Athens’ National Archaeological Museum is missing one notable component: its head. Now, divers exploring the 2,000-year-old Antikythera shipwreck may have recovered it. Continue reading “Marble Head of Hercules Discovered in 2,000-Year-Old Shipwreck in Greece”

Study Finds Monkeypox Virus Appears to Mutate at Much Faster Rate Than Experts Initially Believed

Monkeypox can cause blisters, pimples and lesions on the skin. (HANDOUT/UK Health Security Agency/AFP via Getty Images)

Researchers investigating the monkeypox virus said it appears to have mutated at an unprecedented rate — much quicker than experts initially predicted, according to a new study. Continue reading “Study Finds Monkeypox Virus Appears to Mutate at Much Faster Rate Than Experts Initially Believed”

U.N. Biodiversity Talks in Nairobi Push for Nature and Wildlife Conservation by 2030

Giraffes run at the Soysambu Conservancy in Nakuru, Kenya, April 12, 2022. REUTERS/Monicah Mwangi

U.N. negotiators began talks Tuesday in Nairobi toward reaching a new global pact for protecting nature and wildlife, after a previous round of talks in March failed to make progress. Continue reading “U.N. Biodiversity Talks in Nairobi Push for Nature and Wildlife Conservation by 2030”

Scientists Believe Climate Change is Turning Snow Blood Red

Alberto Amato, researcher in genetics at the Cell and Plant Physiology Laboratory at CEA, takes a sample of Sanguina nivaloides algae, also known as “snow blood” and which presence accelerates snowmelt, at the Brevent in Chamonix, France, June 14, 2022. Picture taken June 14, 2022. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Standing on a snowy mountainside about 2,500 metres above sea level, Eric Marechal holds up a crimson test-tube. Inside is an algae sample known as “snow blood,” a phenomenon that accelerates Alpine thaw and that scientists worry is spreading. Continue reading “Scientists Believe Climate Change is Turning Snow Blood Red”