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Big animal extinction ‘severed nutrient arteries’

The demise of big animals in the Amazon region 12,000 years ago cut a key way that nutrients were distributed across the landscape, a study has suggested. Researchers say animals such as huge armadillo-like creatures would have distributed vital nutrients for plants via their dung and bodies. The effects, still visible today, raise questions about the impact of losing large ... Read More »

Big bang particle discovery closer: scientists

Physicists investigating the make-up of the universe are closing in on the Higgs boson, an elusive particle thought to have been key to turning debris from the Big Bang into stars, planets and finally life, scientists said on Tuesday. Researchers at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) are using their large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s biggest particle accelerator, ... Read More »