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Scientists sound alarm on plight of non-human primates

non-human primates in dangerMore than 60 percent of Earth's non-human primate species are now facing the threat of extinction. An international team of biologists and conservationists have sounded the alarm in a new paper published this week in the journal Science Advances.

"This is an impending crisis that requires biologists and environmentalists to come together with economists, politicians, and policymakers," Eduardo Fernandez-Duque, Yale University biological anthropologist, said in a news release. "This is not only a scientific issue. This is a global problem, one that requires global collaboration."

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New moth species named for Donald Trump's hair

Neopalppa donaldtrimpiScientists have named a newly discovered species of moth after Donald Trump.  Researchers named the moth after the President-elect because the new moth, in adult form, boasts a series of yellowish-white scales on its head, resembling the hair of Trump.

The moth, Neopalpa donaldtrumpi, was formally introduced in the latest issue of the journal ZooKeys. It is one of two species within a genus of twirler moths.

N. donaldtrumpi and its relative are both found throughout Southern California, as well as across the border in Baja California, Mexico.

TVNL Comment:  Poor little thing will have to go through all eternity with the name of a truly rare and scary species of humans.

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Scientists In Last-Minute Scramble To Save Environmental Data Before Trump Takes Over

scientific data in danger under TrumpScientists across the nation are in a frantic push to save as much environmental data as possible before a feared government information purge orchestrated by climate-change denier Donald Trump.

The Sierra Club on Thursday filed Freedom of Information Act requests, seeking information held by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy, Bloomberg reports. The organization is asking those agencies to turn over a multitude of documents, including data on greenhouse gas emissions and power plants. Even if the requests are ultimately denied, the move buys valuable extra time for a mounting effort to gather and preserve data before anything is lost.

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Mysterious fast radio bursts originate from distant dwarf galaxy

radio bursts from distant dwarf galaxyWe may not know exactly what they are, but we now know where one of them came from.

For the first time, astronomers have pinpointed the home galaxy of "fast radio bursts," which are very short-lived pulses of radio waves that come from outer space. The discovery pushes scientists closer to understanding what causes these powerful but fleeting pulses of radio waves, which some people speculate could be signals from alien life.

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Anti-surveillance clothing aims to hide wearers from facial recognition

Anti-surveillance fabricThe use of facial recognition software for commercial purposes is becoming more common, but, as Amazon scans faces in its physical shop and Facebook searches photos of users to add tags to, those concerned about their privacy are fighting back.

Berlin-based artist and technologist Adam Harvey aims to overwhelm and confuse these systems by presenting them with thousands of false hits so they can’t tell which faces are real.

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Vera Rubin, Astronomer Who Discovered The First Direct Evidence Of Dark Matter, Dead At 88

Vera Rubin, astronomer, dies at 88Vera Rubin, a U.S. astronomer who pioneered work on invisible dark matter in the universe and who some colleagues felt was overlooked for a Nobel Prize, has died at 88, her son said on Monday.

Rubin died on Sunday at an assisted living facility in Princeton, New Jersey, and had suffered from dementia for several years, Allan Rubin, a geosciences professor at Princeton University, said in an email.

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Mars lander smashed into ground at 540km/h after misjudging its altitude

Mars lander smashes on surfaceA tiny lander that crashed on Mars last month flew into the red planet at 540km/h (335mph) instead of gently gliding to a stop, after a computer misjudged its altitude, the European Space Agency has said.

Schiaparelli was on a test-run for a future rover meant to seek out evidence of life, past or present, but it fell silent seconds before its scheduled touchdown on 19 October.

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