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August 28, 2019

Researchers discover 3.8-million-year-old cranium of human ancestor in Ethiopia

dk_photos/iStock(CLEVELAND) -- Researchers have discovered a "remarkably complete" cranium of a human ancestor dating back 3.8 million years. The fossil, known as MRD-VP-1/1, was found in Feburary 2016 at the Woranso-Mille paleontological site in the Afar region in northern Ethiopia, and paleoanthropologists and geologists have been conducting an extensive analysis on it ever since, according to a news release from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The skull, belonging to the species Aust..
August 28, 2019

American teen who vanished after traveling to London has been found, police say

New York City Police Department(LONDON) — An American teenage girl who vanished after traveling to London over the weekend has been found and an individual who has been tied to her disappearance has been taken into custody, police in New York said on Wednesday. Authorities on both sides of the pond have been investigating the disappearance of Victoria Grabowski, 16, who was last seen Saturday morning at her residence in the New York City borough of Queens. She is believed to have then boarded a ..
August 28, 2019

Sailors encounter floating pumice ‘raft’ drifting across the Pacific Ocean

Joshua Stevens/NASA Earth Observatory(LONDON) — Sailors in the South Pacific were surprised this month to find themselves sailing through a sea of stone. Australian couple Michael and Larissa Hoult were on their yacht en route to Fiji from Vava'u when they entered a 150-square-kilometer “pumice raft” – a floating mass of pumice stone believed to come from an underwater volcanic eruption. “We had heard the previous day on email of pumice fields," the couple wrote on Cruiser Sat Net, an onlin..
August 28, 2019

Queen asked by UK government to suspend parliament during crucial Brexit period

melis82/iStock(LONDON) -- The U.K. government is set to ask the queen to suspend Parliament, which will, in effect, stop opposition lawmakers from blocking Brexit. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly dodged questions as to whether or not he will ask the queen to suspend Parliament in recent weeks. Now, he has formally asked the queen to suspend Parliament in the middle of September. It will remain suspended until Parliament re-opens on Oct. 14. By suspending Parliament, opposition lawm..