‘Old murderer’ bug died 50 million years ago, fossilized with its penis intact

The broken parts of a tiny Cretaceous insect’s minuscule genitals were recently put back together after spending more than a decade apart.  Researchers have described a new species of assassin bug from a remarkably well-preserved fossil dating to around 50 million years ago. At the time of the fossil’s discovery in Colorado in 2006, it […]

Rising temperatures lead to collapse of intact permafrost soils — ScienceDaily

Around a quarter of the ground in the northern hemisphere is permanently frozen. These areas are estimated to contain about twice as much carbon as the world’s current atmosphere. New research says that these permafrost soils are not only increasingly thawing out as the Earth becomes warmer, but also releasing that carbon, which accelerates the […]