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Earth’s magnetic fields headed towards switch: Rare event believed to have caused extinction of Neanderthal species

… believes Mars lost its once thick atmosphere, and consequently, its ability to sustain life. Jakoksy warned that once the Earth’s magnetic fields switch, the planet will somewhat lose its protection against the Sun’s dangerous radiation. “When the polar shift happens the Earth will have no magnetic field for about 200 years,” he explained. The researcher added that the Earth will be more vulnerable to solar flares, which cause interruptions to communication devices and …

Strange New Bat Species Found in Museum Pickle Jar

By Douglas Main | Octobe 31, 2015 In 1983, researcher Charles Francis collected a bat in northeastern Borneo that was brought to London’s Natural History Museum. There, it sat in a pickle jar full of alcohol for three decades. Within the last two years, scientists happened upon it and examined the specimen. After careful work, they determined it represented a new species that hadn’t been described before, and they dubbed it Francis’ woolly horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus francisi), after …

Climate change raises cat threat 

      Warmer temperatures would move feral feline colonies into conservation hotspots, researcher finds. Vulnerable native species may face further risk as climate change makes more of our country hospitable to stray cats, a researcher says. In a new study in the journal Applied Geography, Unitec natural sciences lecturer Dr Glenn Aguilar used species distribution modelling to describe areas highly favourable to stray cats, and then investigated what effects a warmer climate …

Bird poo spider fires up Hilton

… back to the egg case that evening and found the spider. I knew it was unusual but as I am an amateur spider researcher, I consulted with professionals who confirmed it was a new species of the Pasilobus family.” Roff said the spider had a ­“spectacular” camouflage that ­resembled a bird dropping. “I think the species was overlooked because it looked just like a bird ­dropping. If you saw it on a leaf you would immediately think it is a ­dropping and nothing more.” He said the …