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Thursday, April 18, 2019

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fire of london monument top 

The Monument is one of London’s most famous landmarks, even giving its name to a local Tube stop. But this tribute to London’s greatest fire also has a secret second use – as a giant piece of scientific equipment. “I’ll just open the hatch...” says Richard Smith, who is stooped over in the ticket office at the Monument. He’s examining the oak-panelled floor as though it’s hiding a secret chamber, as in an Indiana Jones movie. Above him, a desk is piled high with leaflets “This is to certify that "such individual" has climbed the 311 steps of the Monument”. The thing is, there are actually 345.

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 Cabage Butterflies 

Sex is often complicated. Couples can become muddled in fraught dynamics, power struggles and conflicts between short-term desire and long-term vision. Of course, we are talking about butterfly sex here. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati have pulled the curtain back on the mating habits of the cabbage white butterfly, also known as Pieris rapae. Their previously unknown theatrics are overflowing with complexity that would put the most melodramatic human couples to shame.

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Climate Change Demostrators

The New York rally was part of a global protest that included events in 156 countries - Afghanistan, the UK, Italy and Brazil among them. In London, the march attracted an estimated 40,000 people, including actress Emma Thompson who likened the threat from climate change to a Martian invasion.  Some 30,000 people marched in Melbourne, Australia. Demonstrators urged Prime Minister Tony Abbott to take action, citing fears that climate change could lead to more bushfires and droughts.Organizers said more than 25,000 marched in Paris and  15,000 people marched in Berlin, urging world leaders to recognize climate change as a top pressing problem.

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Richard Gray Reconstruction of Neanderthal face

The face of a modern human is almost uniquely flat and extraordinarily expressive. But our remarkable faces may not be as "modern" as we think. (A reconstruction of a Neanderthal face is illustrated above). These reconstructed faces look impassive, but a range of emotions are painted onto visitors' faces at the Natural History Museum in London.

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There were folks dressed in lab coats and pink knit brain hats. There were costumed characters and festooned pets. And there were many, many signs. Across the nation and abroad, as thousands of scientists and their supporters convened on Earth Day to defend science against proposed government cuts and political interference, many got their messages across with colorful and candid protest signs.  Here are some of the best signs we have seen