Last month was Earth’s warmest July on record — and by most measures the hottest month, period.

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Most of our planet baked in July — earning the title for hottest month on record, according to two analyses, and in a tie in a third. (Source: NASA GISTEMP) Two analyses out today show that in July, Earth endured its hottest month on record. A third analysis shows last month in a tie with August 2016 for the dubious title of Earth's hottest month in records dating back to the 1880s. Also out today: An update from the National Snow and Ice Data Center shows that Arctic sea ice is c ...read more

Unusual Parasites Plagued Bronze Age Fen Folk And Their Dogs

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Parasites aplenty riddled humans and their dogs at a swampy site in Bronze Age England. From left: Microscopic eggs of a fish tapeworm, giant kidney worm and Echinostoma worm found in ancient feces from the Must Farm site. (Black scale bar represents 20 micrometers.) (Credit: M. Ledger, Department of Archaeology, Cambridge University) Around 3,000 years ago, people were going about their business in a marshy corner of eastern England known as The Fens. These Fenland folk had just built ...read more

These Robotic Shorts Make Everyday Strolls Feel Like a Moving Airport Walkway

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(Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University) If you have two functioning legs and a reliable nervous system, walking and running are generally thoughtless tasks. But if you’re a soldier hauling massive amounts of gear on your back for an extended period of time, putting one foot in front of the other can get exhausting. That’s where the idea for a soft, futuristic "exosuit" came about in 2011 – when DARPA funded a project, called Warrior Web. The U.S. Army partnered wit ...read more

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