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Coronavirus: Is India the next global hotspot?

Image copyright Getty Images The coronavirus took hold slowly in India, but six months after its first confirmed infection it has overtaken Russia to record the world’s third largest caseload. With the world’s second-largest population, much of which lives packed into cities, the country was perhaps always destined to become a global hotspot. But the […]

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Native Americans made epic Pacific voyages

Image copyright ReutersImage caption Discussions of contacts between the Americas and Polynesia have often focused on Easter Island New evidence has been found for epic prehistoric voyages between the Americas and eastern Polynesia. DNA analysis suggests there was mixing between Native Americans and Polynesians around AD 1200. The extent of potential contacts between the regions […]

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Siberian Arctic ‘up to 10 degrees warmer’ in June

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe BBC’s Steve Rosenberg travels to the forest to see how Russians tackled 2019’s wildfires Temperatures in the Siberian Arctic reached record averages in June, with some areas seeing rises of as much as 10C (18F), according to EU data. Scientists say the heat has helped fan […]

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Dinosaur ancestors ‘may have been tiny’

Image copyright Alex Boersma Dinosaurs are often thought of as giant creatures, but new research adds to evidence they started out small. The evidence comes from a newly described fossil relative found on Madagascar that lived some 237 million years ago and stood just 10cm tall. The specimen may also help clarify the currently murky […]

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Street traders losing ‘right to shade’ under trees

Image copyright S.BasuImage caption The daytime temperatures in Hyderabad can exceed 40C (100F), making shade from trees essential Street vendors are being denied the “right to shade” under street trees in Hyderabad, India, a study suggests. Urban trees play an important role in providing a comfortable work environment for the city’s outdoor traders, said researchers. […]

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos: The richest person in the world

His wealth is now estimated to be $171bn (£137bn), having made tens of billions during the Covid-19 pandemic. Amazon boss Jeff Bezos even has plans to take the human race into space. The BBC’s James Wignall takes a look at a few things you need to know about the wealthiest person in the world. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-53311792

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What is bubonic plague?

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Plague doctors wore a distinctive costume – the beak mask held dried flowers and reduced the effect of bad smells for the medic A suspected case of bubonic plague has been reported to Chinese authorities. It is not known how the patient became infected, but the country is on alert […]