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Mystery deepens over mass die-off of antelopes

A mass die-off of wild antelopes in Kazakhstan was triggered by environmental factors, scientists believe.

More than 200,000 saiga antelopes collapsed and died suddenly in 2015, wiping out most of the global population.

The deaths were found to be caused by a bacterial infection.

However, new data shows other factors were involved too, including unusually high humidity and temperatures.

Researchers think changing environmental conditions could be a trigger for the bacterial onslaught, although this needs further research.

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Two Indian families opt to keep sons who were swapped at birth

A mother’s suspicions led to a meeting, a DNA test and finally the truth – but by then it was too late to swap back

Salma Parbin knew. Her husband would not believe her for three months. The hospital would take two years to admit it. But within days of giving birth in March 2015, she knew: the baby she was cradling was not hers.

The way her husband, Sahabuddin Ahmed, recounts the story – which has become national news in India – the truth about the child should have been obvious. Indeed, it had been staring back at them.

On the same day at the Mangaldoi civil hospital, in the north-eastern state of Assam, another woman had also given birth to a son. She belonged to the Bodo tribe, an indigenous community with a distinct eye shape that more closely resembles Tibetans than people from the subcontinent.

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Norway to ban fur farms as fox, mink go out of fashion

OSLO (Reuters) – A plan by Norway’s government to phase out fur farms by 2025 dismayed producers and delighted animal rights activists on Monday as a sign that fur is out of fashion even in a nation that was once the world’s top producer of fox pelts.

Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s government agreed to shut fox and mink farms that produce about one million pelts a year as part of a deal on Sunday to broaden her two two-party minority government by adding the anti-fur Liberal Party.

“We’re shocked, shaken to the core,” said Guri Wormdahl of the Norwegian Fur Breeders Association.

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Denmark Facebook sex video: More than 1,000 young people charged

More than 1,000 young people have been charged by police in Denmark with distributing sexually explicit material.

They are accused of using Facebook Messenger to share indecent video clips of two 15-year-olds having sex.

Police said it could amount to distribution of indecent images of children, as the two people filmed are under 18.

Facebook tipped off the US authorities, who notified police in Denmark.

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Incredible Photos Show 180-Year-Old Jonathan The Giant Tortoise In 1902 And Today

This tortoise has seen a lot. In fact, over some 180 years, Jonathan the giant tortoise has pretty much seen it all.

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Heck, when he was born, back in the early 1830s, Charles Darwin was still roaming the earth!

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Supermassive Dinosaur Fossils Found In Argentina

This artist’s impression by the Carnegie Museum of Natural History shows what the Dreadnoughtus schrani would have looked like after palaeontologists found its remains in Argentina

A supermassive dinosaur that would have weighed as much as 60 small cars has been found in Argentina, where it likely perished in a bog some 77 million years ago, palaeontologists said Thursday.

Dubbed Dreadnoughtus (from “fear nothing” in old English), the long-necked lizard would have measured 26 metres (85 feet) from nose to tail and weighed some 60 tonnes — about as much as seven Tyrannosaurus rex put together.

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There’s An Easy Fix If Your iPhone Is Charging Slowly

It may not be your imagination if your iPhone or iPad isn’t charging as fast as it used to.

In fact, there’s an entire thread on Apple’s support forums over a dozen pages long in which iPhone and iPad owners are trying to figure out why their devices suddenly won’t charge — attached to the wall, to a computer, to the car, anywhere.

But according to CNET’s Dan Graziano it may not be a hardware or software issue with your phone or tablet. Rather, it may have to do with a foreign object blocking Apple’s reversible lightning port, which charges those devices. Continue reading There’s An Easy Fix If Your iPhone Is Charging Slowly

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