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Rat remains reveal 2,000 years of human impact on Pacific island ecosystems

Rat remains reveal 2,000 years of human impact on Pacific island ecosystems

Science
June 5 (UPI) -- New analysis of ancient rat remains have helped scientists trace the impacts of humans on Pacific island ecosystems as far back as 2,000 years ago. Many scientists argue the Earth has entered a new geological epoch called the Anthropocene, an era defined by humans' growing impact on the planet's ecosystems. While some believe the era began between 50 and 300 years ago, a growing body of research suggests humans began altering the planet's geology, biodiversity and climate several thousands of years ago. Several studies, for example, have shown early human populations in South America left a definite ecological signature on the parts of the Amazon. But measuring the ecological impacts of early humans isn't easy. As part of the latest study, scientists looked to rat remains...
American firms reveal the gulf between bosses’ and workers’ pay

American firms reveal the gulf between bosses’ and workers’ pay

Finance
[unable to retrieve full-text content]HOW much should company bosses be paid relative to their employees? It depends who you ask. Plato argued that the richest members of society should earn no more than four times the pay of the poorest. John Pierpont Morgan, a banker from America’s gilded age, reckoned that bosses should earn at most 20 times the pay of their underlings. Investors today hold chief executives in vastly higher esteem. According to new filings submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), America’s largest publicly listed firms (those worth at least $ 1bn) on average paid their chief executives 130 times more than their typical workers in 2017. The figures are being disclosed by firms in their financial filings for the first time this year.The SEC’s new require
When your top betrays you: Jemma Lucy exposes inmates in perky reveal

When your top betrays you: Jemma Lucy exposes inmates in perky reveal

Entertainment
INSTAGRAMBUXOM: Jemma Lucy teases her killer cleavage The Ex On The Beach babe took to her Instagram story to treat fans to an X-rated pic to remember.Dressed in skintight yellow top, Jem oozed sex appeal and sass as she proudly flaunted her killer body for the camera.The plunging outfit allowed her to tease her killer cleavage while keeping her modesty intact.However, Jemma decided to spice things up by ditching her bra.Thanks to the thin material, the starlet's nipples were clearly visible – protruding out into view as if to demand attention.A day in the life of Jemma Lucy A day in the life of inked vixen Jemma Lucyxxx A day in the life of Jemma Lucy INSTAGRAMPERKY: Jemma made sure her nipples were clearly visible “If you go on tour date you m
Avicii suicide confirmed as family reveal troubled DJ took his own life

Avicii suicide confirmed as family reveal troubled DJ took his own life

Entertainment
A statement, which was released in Swedish, said: "Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions."An over-achieving perfectionist who travelled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress."When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most – music.""He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer."Avicii's medical issues, including having his gallbladder  and appendix removed were revealed in his 2017 Avicii documentary True Stories. GETTYRIP: Avicii died aged just 28Celebrities that died before the age of 30 Find out which hot stars tragically lost their lives so young.AVICIION THE ROAD: Avicii retired fro
Lasers reveal ancient Mayan civilization hiding beneath Guatemalan canopy

Lasers reveal ancient Mayan civilization hiding beneath Guatemalan canopy

Science
Feb. 2 (UPI) -- A series of LiDAR surveys has revealed some 60,000 ancient Mayan structures hiding under the jungle canopy in Guatemala.The hundreds of houses, palaces and roads identified by the surveys have offered new insights into the sophisticated organization of the Mayan civilization at the height of their cultural and political dominance between 250 and 900 AD.LiDAR stands for "Light Detection and Ranging." The technology uses short laser pulses to measure the distance between the airplane-mounted instrument -- which combines a laser, scanner and unique GPS receiver -- and Earth's surface.Over several years, scientists have conducted surveys of large swaths of Central America, where thick jungles make field work difficult. The tiny laser pulses squeeze through gaps in the dense can...