December 13, 2019

Iraqi protesters lynch teenager, string up his corpse

CT757fan/iStock(LONDON) -- An angry crowd of protesters killed a teenager and strung up his corpse in the streets of Iraq's capital on Thursday amid the ongoing anti-government demonstrations, Iraqi officials said. The brutal killing in Baghdad apparently stems from a days-old dispute in which the teen -- identified as 17-year-old Haitham Ali Ismael -- repeatedly ordered a group of protesters gathered on the street near his home to move but they refused, according to Maj. Gen. Abdul Karim K..
December 13, 2019

Debris from missing Chilean Air Force plane may have been found, officials say

StanRohrer/iStock(LONDON) -- Chile's air force said it has located debris at sea believed to be from its cargo plane that vanished this week with 38 people aboard. The Chilean-flagged vessel Antarctic Endeavour found the debris on Wednesday in the treacherous, icy waters of Drake Passage, about 19 miles south of where the C-130 Hercules aircraft last made contact, according to a statement from the Chilean Air Force. The debris included floating pieces of sponge, which the air force said "co..
December 13, 2019

‘Starry night’ toad rediscovered in Colombia after nearly three decades

Global Wildlife Conservation(NEW YORK) -- Biologists have rediscovered the "starry night" harlequin toad in Colombia for the first time in nearly three decades after the species was largely wiped out by a deadly fungal pathogen. The toad, characterized by its black and white spots, was photographed in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the tallest coastal mountain on Earth, the Global Wildlife Conservation announced on Thursday. The harlequin toad species is classified as critically endang..
December 13, 2019

Archaeologists discover oldest cave painting to tell a story

DanielBendjy/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Archaeologists have discovered what they say is the earliest figurative painting known to man, in a cave in Indonesia. It depicts an intricate hunting scene, scholars believe, in which eight small, human-like figures pursue an anoa, a type of buffalo found in Indonesia. The humans have animal features, like snouts and tails, and appear to be wielding thin objects that scholars are interpreting as spears or ropes. After testing the painting using uranium analysis,..