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Swiss seniors win first-ever human-rights case on climate change

A group of elderly Swiss women made history on Tuesday when they became the first plaintiffs to win a climate-related victory in the European Court of Human Rights.

Representing a group of more than 2,000 individuals known as KlimaSeniorinnen — a Swiss German shorthand term for “Senior Women for Climate Protection” — the women successfully argued that because of their age and sex, they cannot leave their homes during heat waves without suffering health attacks. ...

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Vincent van Gecko: Colorful new lizard species named after the famous painter

When the Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh painted “The Starry Night” in 1889, he did so while staring out a window from his mental asylum room in the French town of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. More than a century later, a team of scientists discovered a yellow-and-blue patterned lizard and were reminded of the same visual scene that once inspired one of history’s most renowned painters....

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“No, after you”: Japanese bird gestures to its mate to go first, study reports

Birds never cease to amaze observers with their versatile intelligence. Flying birds experience time and space in radically different ways than humans; urban birds like pigeons adapted with remarkable ease to the COVID-19 pandemic; and even the supposedly stupid turkeys can survive in a wide range of habitats and endlessly frustrate hunters with their cleverness....

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Kermit the Proto-Frog? Scientists name ancient amphibian ancestor after the iconic Muppet

A recently-discovered amphibian ancestor has been named after Kermit the Frog, the ballad-crooning, pig-wooing lime green frog who headlines the Muppets. According to a new study in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, Kermitops gratus was a proto-amphibian that lived 270 million years ago and possessed a skull that could fit in the palm of your hand....

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