October 30, 2012

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'Lucy' Species Likely Climbed Trees

Species was ape-like, says new study

A new analysis of the three-million-year-old fossil known as "Lucy" indicates that the hominid species Australopithecus afarensis likely climbed trees. The findings come from a 10-year analysis of the bones of Selam, a three-year-old of the same species as Lucy, discovered in Ethiopia in 2000. “The position or orientation of the shoulder joint was very gorillalike,” said Dr. Zeresenay Alemseged, one of the study’s authors. Researchers aren’t sure how much time the species actually spent in trees, since they were able to walk upright, but Dr. Alemseged believes that they may have used trees to store food away from predators and to nest. The complete findings were published in the latest issue of Science.

Via New York Times


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Russian Ship Carrying Gold Goes Missing

Cargo ship transporting 700 tons of ore

A ship carrying 700 tons of gold ore and a nine-person crew has gone missing in stormy seas off Russia’s Pacific coast. The ship was sailing from the coastal town of Neral to Feklistov Island in the Sea of Okhotsk when it sent a distress call and disappeared. The mining company that hired the ship, Polymetal, said it had used the same route before and had no reason to suspect any danger. The ore was due to be processed at its destination, where the gold would be extracted. A spokesman for Polymetal declined to comment on the estimated value of the cargo.

Via Associated Press


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Sandy May Interrupt New York Marathon

Despite reassurances, the city might not be ready

Despite Monday's reassurances from race officials, Hurricane Sandy might interrupt Sunday's New York City Marathon, as crippled public transportation, flooded streets, and power outages persist. On Monday, New York Road Runners President Mary Wittenberg said they were prepared for the worst. “We have time on our side," she said. “We've been through close to it all.” The course largely skirts the high-risk storm areas, but major flooding has made it uncertain whether there will be a transportation system to carry the nearly 50,000 amateur runners scheduled to compete. The marathon brings an estimated $350 million to the city every year.

Via Los Angeles Times