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New frog species discovered on remote Ethiopian mountain

New frog species discovered on remote Ethiopian mountain

Science
Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Biologists have discovered a new species of frog living among the forests on a remote mountain in Ethiopia. The small frog's home is one of the country's last undisturbed forests. Scientists named the new frog species Phrynobatrachus bibita sp. nov.. The amphibian belongs to a group called Ethiopian puddle frogs. DNA analysis confirmed the species is genetically distinct from its closest puddle frog relatives. Human development has impacted wildlife throughout Ethiopia, but the southwestern corner of the country hosts several pockets of remote wilderness. Bibita Mountain is one of the most remote pockets. "Untouched, isolated, and unexplored: it had all the elements to spike our interest," Jacobo Reyes-Velasco, a postdoctoral researcher at New York University who led some...
Manchester United 0-2 Paris Saint-Germain: Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe give Red Devils mountain to climb in Champions League last 16

Manchester United 0-2 Paris Saint-Germain: Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe give Red Devils mountain to climb in Champions League last 16

Sports
frustrating night Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men conceded two away goals without reply and saw their star player Paul Pogba sent off in the dying stages PSG took control of their Champions League last 16 clash against Manchester United with a 2-0 victory in the first leg at Old Trafford. Two priceless away goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe ensured the French champions take a commanding lead back to the Parc des Princes. Mbappe doubled PSG’s lead A frustrating night for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men went from bad to worse as Paul Pogba was sent off, meaning he will miss the second-leg in Paris. Former United man Angel Di Maria was heavily involved throughout, providing the assist for both goals after receiving a hostile r...
Recycling: Where is the plastic waste mountain?

Recycling: Where is the plastic waste mountain?

Science
A year ago, experts warned that the UK could face a mountain of waste plastic as China imposed a ban on waste imports.In recent years, the UK has heavily relied on China to take our unwanted plastic packaging. Three years ago, the UK was exporting half a million tonnes of plastic to China and Hong Kong - accounting for almost two-thirds of all our plastic sent abroad.China introduced its ban on "foreign garbage" as part of a move to upgrade its industries 12 months ago. At the time, the UK recycling industry warned that the decision would be a "game-changer" and that it would be a struggle to deal with the country's waste.Where is that plastic mountain?Well, it hasn't appeared - partly thanks to other countries taking our waste p...
British Columbia stands firm in Trans Mountain fight

British Columbia stands firm in Trans Mountain fight

Business
May 17 (UPI) -- The federal Canadian government is putting investor interests above provincial issues with its support for the Trans Mountain pipeline, British Columbia said. Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Wednesday the government would offset the risks from provincial opposition to expand the Trans Mountain oil pipeline to British Columbia. Citing shareholder risk from that opposition, pipeline company Kinder Morgan in early April said it might back out of the plans to triple the pipeline's capacity. That opposition, the company added, has led to increased provincial tensions. British Columbia has already enacted legislation that could limit the flow of the heavier type of oil carried by Trans Mountain. Premier John Horgan said in response to Ottawa's position that he has a ...
Color-discerning capabilities help NASA rover climb, study Mars mountain ridge

Color-discerning capabilities help NASA rover climb, study Mars mountain ridge

Science
Nov. 1 (UPI) -- As NASA's Curiosity traverses a ridge on lower Mount Sharp, the Mars rover is putting its color-discerning capabilities to full use."We're in an area where this capability of Curiosity has a chance to shine," Abigail Fraeman, a scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said in a news release.Fraeman is leading Curiosity's investigation of Vera Rubin Ridge -- an investigation made possible by the rover's ability to sort light into thousands of wavelengths. To navigate the terrain and to identify minerals and other geologic targets, Curiosity sorts and filters light using both its Mastcam and Chemcam.A variety of scientific filters can be applied to the Mastcam's two eyes to identify whether or not certain wavelengths are being absorbed, instead o...