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Haunting lemur songs have a rhythm similar to human music

Human music often has a natural rhythm to it, and the roots of that rhythm might stretch back to the ancestors we shared with indris, a type of lemur Life 25 October 2021 By Jake Buehler A male indri (Indri indri) reaching for leavesNick Garbutt/Nature Picture Library/Alamy Eerie wails pierce the morning calm of lowland…

Hundreds of ancient ceremonial sites found in southern Mexico

Researchers have uncovered 478 ceremonial sites that were probably built by the Olmec and the Maya thousands of years ago Humans 25 October 2021 By Krista Charles A lidar-based image of an ancient ceremonial site in MexicoTakeshi Inomata Hundreds of ancient Mesoamerican ceremonial sites built over a period of about 600 years have been uncovered.…

What to expect from the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow

Environment 25 October 2021 By Adam Vaughan The Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow, UK, where COP26 will take placeJeff J Mitchell/Getty Images The United Nations COP26 climate summit, which runs from 31 October to 12 November in Glasgow, UK, has been described as a “turning point for humanity” and “the most consequential summit… ever”. Delayed…

Male fertility could be restored by reimplanting frozen testes tissue

Health 25 October 2021 By Michael Le Page Cross-section of human testicular tissueNIGEL DOWNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY A clinic in Belgium has been given the go-ahead to reimplant frozen testicular tissue to obtain sperm for fertility treatments. The hope is that the procedure will allow those whose fertility was destroyed by cancer treatments before they reached…

How to bake a soufflé according to science

By Sam Wong GMVozd/Getty Images SOUFFLÉS have a reputation for being perilous, but they aren’t nearly as challenging as many people will have you believe. In fact, as long as you have a mixture full of air bubbles, the laws of physics dictate that it must rise when it is heated. The relevant principle is…

Why hope and optimism are crucial for fighting climate change

Environment | Comment 20 October 2021 By Katharine Hayhoe Michelle D’urbano CLIMATE change is no longer a future issue or a distant one. It is here now, intensifying extreme weather events, threatening food and water supplies and putting our health at risk. Headlines bombard us with an increasing litany of disasters, from coastlines flooding and…