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A T. rex and a shark as neighbors? Yes, eons ago in South Dakota

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists conducting a recent painstaking examination of the two tons of rock left over after the fossilized bones of the celebrated Tyrannosaurus rex named Sue were extricated in the 1990s came across a surprise: shark teeth. The Tyrannosaurus rex named Sue is shown on display at the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., in this undated photo provided January 19, 2019. Martin Baumgaertner/Field Museum/Handout via REUTERS The huge meat-eating dinosaur did not meet its demise in a shark attack in some sort of “Jaws” meets “Jurassic Park”…

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Antarctic krill: Key food source moves south

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSimeon Hill: “Our data goes all the way back to the ‘Discovery era’ of the 20s and 30s” A keystone prey species in the Southern Ocean is retreating towards the Antarctic because of climate change. Krill are small, shrimp-like creatures that swarm in vast numbers and form a major part of the diets of whales, penguins, seabirds, seals and fish. Scientists say warming conditions in recent decades have led to the krill contracting poleward. If the shift is maintained, it will have…

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International Quad Series: England lose 48-45 to South Africa in London

Helen Housby looks dejected as England fall to defeat to South Africa for the first time since 2017 Commonwealth Games champions England lost 48-45 to South Africa in their second Quad Series match at London’s Copper Box Arena. The Roses led early on but South Africa dominated the second and third quarters. England edged ahead again in the fourth period but South Africa, ranked fifth in the world, clung on for victory. “We’ve got to sharpen up, we’ve got to be more clinical,” said England head coach Tracey Neville. “We…

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South Yorkshire Police applicants must photo tattoos

Image copyright PA Image caption South Yorkshire Police said tattoos on the face and neck would not be allowed, and forearm tattoos must be covered in public-facing work A police force recruiting new officers has asked applicants to send photos of their tattoos with their applications. South Yorkshire Police issued guidance to people interested in joining the force as a police constable. The Sheffield Star reported that the force said tattoos would “not necessarily” prevent someone from being successful, but there were guidelines around what is and is not acceptable.…

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South Asian women who led a strike in a British factory

South Asian women workers led a strike against poor working conditions in a British factory in 1976. Lakshmi Patel was one of the women who picketed the Grunwick film-processing factory in North London for two years, defying the stereotype of submissive South Asian women. They gained the support of tens of thousands of trade unionists along the way. Witness: The stories of our times told by the people who were there. Source link

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South Africa sniffer dog intercepts 116kg of rhino horn

Image copyright SARS Image caption The rhino horns were found wrapped up in plastic South African authorities have seized 116kg (256 lbs) of illegal rhino horn being smuggled out of the country. The haul of 36 horns and horn fragments, worth about $1.3m (£1m), is believed to be one of the biggest seized in the country in recent years. Customs officials at OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg say it was sniffed out by Lizzy, a detector dog. The horns were found tightly packed inside boxes, along with everyday items such…

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Lifestyle 

Whisky with your wax? South Africa rides ‘metrosexual’ wave

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Before male beauty parlors began popping up in South Africa a few years ago, image-conscious men like Gerhard Joubert felt awkward being pampered and preened in salons filled with women. FILE PHOTO: FIA worker gestures as he grooms a client at the Bespoken Man, a full-service gentleman’s barber shop in Sandton, South Africa, December 14, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko “It’s a male environment. They give you a whisky if you want a whisky. In the old days we had to go to female hair salons,” said Joubert, reclining…

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Australia fish deaths: Thousands found floating in New South Wales

Hundreds of thousands of fish have been found floating in the Darling River and washed up on its banks. Local officials say falling temperatures killed an algae bloom, which then decomposed causing oxygen depletion in the water. But critics say the state and federal governments have been mismanaging the environment. Source link

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South African maths whizz answers complex arithmetic questions in seconds

South African ten-year-old Sibahle Zwane is a maths whizz who has gained fame on social media by doing incredible arithmetic challenges. He first gained fame when he was filmed answering complex maths questions from a local policeman. The BBC’s Pumza Fihlani went to see if his skills lived up to the hype. Source link

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Why more female penguins are washing up dead in South America

Every year, thousands of penguins become stranded on South America’s coast – with females three times more likely to wash up dead or injured than males. Now scientists from Japan and Argentina have concluded this is because females are migrating further north in search of food than their male counterparts. The findings are published in the journal Current Biology. Source link

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