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Tiny beetle gives clues for continental drift

Tiny beetle gives clues for continental drift

Science
Oct. 31 (UPI) -- A small, ancient beetle might provide clues to how the Earth's landmass shifted, a study says. Researcher Shuhei Yamamoto believes a beetle trapped in piece of Burmese amber from 99 million years ago is the distant ancestor to insects found on the other side of the world today. He came upon this beetle in 2016, and now he thinks could provide more evidence for the theory of continental drift. "Like koalas and kangaroos today, certain animals that we think lived in Gondwanaland are only found in one part of the world. Although Propiestus went extinct long ago, our finding probably shows some amazing connections between Southern Hemisphere and Myanmar," Yamamoto said. "Our finding fits well with the hypothesis that, unlike today, Myanmar was once located in the Southern Hem...
Salmon graveyard gives rise to forest in Alaska

Salmon graveyard gives rise to forest in Alaska

Science
Oct. 23 (UPI) -- A 20-year salmon study has helped birth a forest on the banks of a small stream in southwest Alaska. It turns out, carcasses of sockeye salmon encourage tree growth. Every summer, thousands of sockeye salmon from Bristol Bay swim upstream, squeezing into the shallow upper reaches of Hansen Creek. They come to spawn and die. For two decades, researchers have been monitoring the salmon run -- one of the largest in the world -- and tallying the impact of bear predation on the population. Each summer, during the height of the run, scientists walk the river and collected dead salmon, counting the causalities. To ensure they don't double count any dead fish, researchers toss the carcasses onto the banks of the stream. In the hopes the work might produce a measurable impact on t...
'To some, Maddie was just a junkie': Obituary gives new take on drug addiction

'To some, Maddie was just a junkie': Obituary gives new take on drug addiction

Health
Madelyn Linsenmeir was a mother, sister and friend, who was "hilarious, and warm, and fearless, and resilient." She was also an opioid addict. Linsenmeir was a drug addict for 12 years and, at what her sister said were some of her darkest points, she would sometimes panhandle for money. She lost custody of her young son because of her disease. On Oct. 7, the 30-year-old died in the hospital while in police custody, according to her sister, Kate O'Neill. O’Neill does not want Linsenmeir to be remembered for her addiction. Her surprisingly honest obituary she wrote for a local Vermont paper is getting widespread attention for its warmth and candor. “It is impossible to capture a person in an obituary, and especially someone whose adult life was largely defined by drug addict...
Superb Wilson free-kick gives Wales win over Republic in Dublin

Superb Wilson free-kick gives Wales win over Republic in Dublin

Sports
A depleted Wales side beat the Republic of Ireland as Harry Wilson's beautiful free-kick illuminated an otherwise lifeless Nations League match in Dublin.Without Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, the visitors were a pale imitation of the team that hammered the Republic 4-1 in Cardiff last month.But the hosts were no better, mustering only a couple of efforts on goal before Wilson stroked a 20-yard free-kick into the top corner in the second half. Wales squandered chances to extend their lead but wayward finishing from the likes of Tom Lawrence and James Chester mattered little as Ryan Giggs' side recorded a second win from three Nations League games.For the Republic, meanwhile, a fourth match wit...
Hot summer gives boost to UK economy

Hot summer gives boost to UK economy

Business
The UK economy grew by 0.7% in the three months to August, buoyed by the hot summer, the Office for National Statistics said.But the ONS said that in August, GDP growth was flat. Economists had predicted 0.1% growth.The three-month measure was the fastest pace of growth since February 2017, economists said.The ONS's head of GDP, Rob Kent-Smith, said the economy had "continued to rebound strongly after a weak spring".He said "retail, food and drink production and house building all performing particularly well during the hot summer months"."However, long-term growth continues to lag behind its historical trend," Mr Kent-Smith added. The ONS has introduced monthly measures of GDP and provides three-month rolling growth figu...