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Scientists have unraveled the riddle of a real-life sea monster

Scientists have unraveled the riddle of a real-life sea monster

For more than a hundred years, the fossil of the Tanystropheus has puzzled scientists. The strange reptile — resembling a real-life Loch Ness Monster or a prehistoric crocodile crossed with a giraffe — was first described in 1852 and first reconstructed in 1973. Palaeontologists have long known that the species once lived in Switzerland’s Monte…MORE

Prehistoric ‘hell ants’ hunted their prey with unusual headgear

Prehistoric ‘hell ants’ hunted their prey with unusual headgear

Sometime during the Cretaceous period, 99 million years ago, a prehistoric hell ant trapped a tasty treat — a relative of the cockroach — in its scythe-like jaw and protruding horn. It’s still there. The act was captured in tree resin and later unearthed in amber in what is now Myanmar. The unusual find shows…MORE

Seabird poop is worth millions, say scientists trying to save the birds

Seabird poop is worth millions, say scientists trying to save the birds

Some hot commodities are obvious: gold, oil, corn and more recently, hand sanitizer, are clearly worth a lot. But some valuable products are less evident — and much more off-putting. New research has revealed that the waste produced by seabirds — that’s right, the poop of seagulls, pelicans, and penguins — could be worth nearly…MORE

Court dismisses challenge to limits on federal workers talking resistance or impeachment

Court dismisses challenge to limits on federal workers talking resistance or impeachment

Federal workers have lost their court challenge to government guidance that barred them from discussing resisting or impeaching President Donald Trump while on the job. A judge in Maryland dismissed the challenge this week because the union did not demonstrate any actual First Amendment violation. The American Federation of Government Employees, Judge Paula Xinis wrote,…MORE

Tennessee Supreme Court vacates ruling that would have allowed all registered voters in the state to vote absentee in 2020

Tennessee Supreme Court vacates ruling that would have allowed all registered voters in the state to vote absentee in 2020

The Tennessee Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned a lower court ruling that would have allowed all eligible voters to vote via absentee ballots due to the coronavirus pandemic. Under the ruling, those with underlying medical conditions who have determined it’s “impossible or unreasonable” to vote in-person due to Covid-19, and their caretakers, are eligible to…MORE

Environmental groups sue over Trump’s highly touted changes to landmark regulations

Environmental groups sue over Trump’s highly touted changes to landmark regulations

Several environmental groups sued the Trump administration on Thursday over its regulatory changes to a landmark conservation law, the National Environmental Policy Act. In a court filing in New York, the groups argued that the new rule from the White House Council on Environmental Quality would “eliminate environmental reviews for entire classes of projects that…MORE

Twitter temporarily stops DNC from tweeting after calling out Trump

Twitter temporarily stops DNC from tweeting after calling out Trump

The Democratic National Committee was unable to post from its rapid response war room account on Twitter for some time on Thursday after it attempted to call out President Donald Trump’s false claims about children and Covid-19 immunity. The action highlights the apparent inability of Twitter’s systems to tell the difference between misinformation and someone…MORE

New York attorney general files lawsuit to dissolve the National Rifle Association

New York attorney general files lawsuit to dissolve the National Rifle Association

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced she will attempt to dissolve the National Rifle Association, accusing its senior leadership of violating laws governing non-profit groups, using millions from the organization’s reserves for personal use and tax fraud. In a news release Thursday morning, James, a Democrat, alleged that current and former NRA leadership “instituted…MORE

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