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Global Loss Of Wildlife Is ‘Significantly More Alarming’ Than Previously Thought

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  The global loss of wildlife is “significantly more alarming” than previously thought, according to a new study that found almost half the planet’s species are experiencing rapid population declines. Humans have already wiped out huge numbers of species and pushed many more to the brink – with some scientists saying we are entering a “sixth mass ...

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Disturbing Research Warns AI May Be ‘Great Filter’ That Wipes Out Human Civilisation

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Advanced artificial intelligence could pose a catastrophic risk to humanity and wipe out entire civilisations, a new study warns. AI could be the potential “Great Filter” answer to the Fermi paradox, with the potential to wipe out intelligent life in the universe before it can make contact with others, suggested the yet-to-be peer-reviewed study, posted ...

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Simple Inexpensive Tests Found To Predict Dementia Risk Years In Advance

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Simple tests assessing grip strength and mobility can predict people’s risk of ageing-related health conditions such as dementia, according to a new study. Previous studies have shown that as people age, they generally tend to lose muscle strength and slow down. The new research, published recently in the Journal of Cachexia Sarcopenia and Muscle, suggests this could also ...

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The Ozone Layer Is On Track To Recover Within Decades As Harmful Chemicals Are Phased Out, Scientists Report

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In rare good news for the planet, Earth’s ozone layer is on track to recover completely within decades, as ozone-depleting chemicals are phased out across the world, according to a new United Nations-backed assessment. The ozone layer protects the planet from harmful ultraviolet rays. But since the late 1980s, scientists have sounded the ...

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