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A quarter of known bee species haven’t been seen in more than 20 years

A quarter of known bee species haven’t been seen in more than 20 years

Science
Jan. 22 (UPI) -- There's never been more data on the world's animal and plant populations, but despite the proliferation of public records on species abundance, many known bee species have disappeared from datasets. According to a new survey, published Friday in the journal One Earth, roughly a quarter of known bee species haven't made an appearance in public records in more than 20 years. Advertisement "With citizen science and the ability to share data, records are going up exponentially, but the number of species reported in these records is going down," first author Eduardo Zattara, biologist at the Pollination Ecology Group from the Institute for Research on Biodiversity and the Environment, said in a news release. Disappearance from the scientific record isn't proof of extinction. M...
Space Force members to be known as ‘guardians’

Space Force members to be known as ‘guardians’

Business
Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Service members enlisted in the U.S. Space Force will be known as guardians, Vice President Mike Pence said Friday during a ceremony marking the one-year anniversary of the newest branch in the military. "Soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and guardians will be fending our nation for generations to come," he said during the event at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Advertisement "On behalf of your commander-in-chief, let me urge each and every one of you guardians to keep pushing. Keep pushing. Keep pushing the vision and the mission of the United States Space Force, which is to ensure that America remains as dominant in space, and from space, as we are on land and sea and air." The Space Force, currently under the U.S. Air Force, was established in 2019 as a pla...

‘Big pile’ of eels dumped in NYC park; impact not yet known

Technology
NEW YORK -- Andrew Orkin was taking a break from his evening jog to sit by Prospect Park Lake when he turned around and was startled to see a tangle of wriggling snakes.“And quite a big pile — fully alive,” said Orkin, a music composer who lives near the Brooklyn park.They turned out to be eels that had escaped from one of two large plastic bags that split open as a man dragged them to the shoreline. After dumping the eels in the lake, the man walked away, explaining to bystanders that “I just want to save lives.”The illegal release late last month became a curiosity on social media, but the dumping of exotic animals in urban parks isn’t new. In cities across the country, nonnative birds, turtles, fish and lizards have settled into, and often disturbed, local ecosystems.New Yorkers free th...
Christo, artist known for wrapping landmarks, dies at 84

Christo, artist known for wrapping landmarks, dies at 84

Entertainment
June 1 (UPI) -- Christo, the Bulgarian-born artist best known for wrapping world landmarks, has died of natural causes, according to his office. The 84-year-old artist born Christo Vladimirov Javacheff died Sunday at his home in New York City, read a statement published to his official social media accounts. Advertisement "Christo lived his life to the fullest, not only dreaming up what seemed impossible but realizing it," the statement read. Christo worked with his wife, Jeanne-Claude, creating whimsical larger-than-life artworks and together wrapped the Pont Neuf bridge in Paris and the Reichstag building in Berlin as well as created The Gates in New York's Central Park, which was 23 miles of vinyl gates displayed in the famous park in 2005. "Christo and Jeanne-Claude's artwork brought ...
Asia Today: Australian capital free of known virus cases

Asia Today: Australian capital free of known virus cases

Health
The Australian Capital Territory has become the first of the country’s eight states and mainland territories to declare itself free of all known cases of the coronavirusByThe Associated PressApril 30, 2020, 8:35 AM4 min read4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBANGKOK -- The Australian Capital Territory has become the first of the country’s eight states and mainland territories to declare itself free of all known cases of the coronavirus. Chief Health Officer Kerryn Coleman said the territory surrounding the capital city Canberra was free of any recorded infection on Thursday for the first time in seven weeks after the last patient recovered. There have been 106 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canberra and three patients have died. ACT has a population of only 420,000,...