THE world's biggest-ever bird weighed as much as a cow and had a head as long as your forearm, according to research. The flightless avian Dromornis stirtoni roamed the plains of Australia 50,000 years ago, plodding along on two hind legs like an emu. It was the largest member of an extinct group of creatures called the "mihirungs" – an Aboriginal word for "giant bird". Writing in the journal Diversity this week, scientists described how they analysed the ancient skulls of mihirungs to get a better idea of their brains. They discovered that the animals' enormous noggins left little room for their grey matter, giving rise to some oddly shaped skulls. "Together with their large, forward-facing eyes and very large bills, the shape of their brains and nerves suggested these birds likely had well-developed depth perception and fed on a diet of soft leaves and fruit," said study lead author and Flinders University researcher Dr Warren Handley. “The shape of their brains … [Read more...] about Largest flightless bird weighed as much as ten men with giant two-foot head and roamed Australia 50,000 years ago
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Amandine Roggeman was vacationing in Greece in August 2019 when she got an SMS saying she had been picked to take part in a convention on the climate for French citizens. Would she, the message asked, be interested? The 27-year-old, who works in the cultural sector in Paris, had only vaguely heard about France's upcoming experiment in direct democracy . "I first thought the text message was a joke," Roggeman said. "But I felt strongly about the climate. I also felt privileged to be randomly picked from the entire population. Above all, I was curious." Roggemann said yes. She and 149 other randomly selected French citizens hammered out far-reaching changes in transport, commercial and industrial sectors for a climate bill aimed at slashing the country's emissions by 40%. Yet before the bill has even reached parliament for debate, Roggeman and others are deflated. President Emmanuel Macron had promised to submit the convention's "unfiltered" proposals to either … [Read more...] about France’s citizen climate assembly: A failed experiment?
Climate change affects everybody on this planet, so it is important to know all the terminology surrounding it. Here are some of the most important words and phrases: Adaptation Changes in processes, practices and structures to helps cope with the effects of climate change - such as building flood defences or switching to drought-resistant crops. Biodiversity Advertisement A wide range of living organisms, such as animals and plants, in an environment. Biodiversity is essential for ecosystems to survive. For example, without plants, there would be no oxygen - and without bees to pollinate, there would be no fruit or nuts. Biomass/biofuel More from Climate Climate change: Revealed - how many Britons are unwilling to change their habits to tackle the crisis Climate crisis: How do we collapse a coal generation in a decade? Climate change: Carbon emissions from England's £27.4bn roads scheme '100 times greater than … [Read more...] about Climate change: An A-Z glossary of the words you need to know in the fight against global warming
REMEMBER sitting on the sofa on a Friday night watching Fame Academy as a bunch of talented singers battled it out on stage? Well the 2002 show may have only lasted for two series but where exactly are the stars from the short-lived favourite now? While the ITV equivalent Pop Idol, was led by Simon Cowell and his bunch of harsh critics, BBC's Fame Academy saw the smiley Cat Deeley and Patrick Kielty take on hosting duties. The participants would live together Big Brother style while being given training sessions by vocal coaches Carrie and David Grant. The couple were joined on the judging panel by Richard Park and the Bee Gees' Robin Gibb. And while there were some breakout stars from the show, there are others who have disappeared with David Sneddon - Series 1 winner The Glasgow singer won viewers hearts in the show's first ever series in 2002. He then went on to have a number one hit with the song Stop Living the Lie the following year. David's debut … [Read more...] about Fame Academy: where are they now? From Lemar to David Sneddon 18 years after the BBC talent show ended
Olympic hopeful Cheavon Clarke plans to punch his way to Tokyo powered by plants. Heavyweight Clarke, 30, was born and raised in the land of Jerk chicken before moving to England aged 10. He boxed for Jamaica at the 2014 Commonwealth Games before switching his allegiance to his adopted homeland. And now, prompted by questionable farming and a Netflix documentary, vegan Clarke wants to prove the future is green. "Growing up in Jamaica we used to have our own produce; chicken, cows, goats, bees, honey, all of that," he said. "And, without going into detail, I saw my grandfather handling business. "At GB Boxing I used to have chicken every single day, but when I was buying one, the breast had a needle hole in it and there was a white vein hanging out of it. "I knew it wasn't supposed to look like that and after it happened three or four times I said I was done with chicken. "The boys said I'd never stop eating it but I watched The Game Changers and I was done, I … [Read more...] about Heavyweight Cheavon Clarke shuns meat in bid to win Olympic boxing gold