Tuesday’s “Planet Earth Report” — Human Colonies on Mars, Neanderthal Language, Extraterrestrial Meta Materials



The “Planet Earth Report” connects you to the day’s news headlines on the discoveries, people, and events changing our planet and the future of the human species.

Stop biodiversity loss or we could face our own extinction, warns UN –The world must thrash out a new deal for nature in the next two years or humanity could be the first species to document our own extinction, warns the United Nation’s biodiversity chief.

The map that popularized the word ‘gerrymander’ –The practice wasn’t new in 1812. But a map in a newspaper gave it a name that stuck.

Tea and history: an evocative brew in Chengdu, China –This centuries-old teahouse in Sichuan province and its regulars are a world away from China’s modern megacities.



Should women rule the world? The Queens of ancient Egypt say yes. –Egyptologist Kara Cooney has found that ancient Egypt turned to female leadership to rule and protect ancient Egypt in times of trouble. What lessons does the past hold for the women of today?

Ron Howard: Creating vision of a future Mars colony –To mark the second season of the television series Mars, Hollywood director Ron Howard talked to the BBC about creating a realistic depiction of the first human colonies on the Red Planet.


From the X Files –I-Team: Race is on to solve the mystery of unknown extraterrestrial materials



The Ongoing Debate Over Neanderthal Language

New discovery throws light on mystery of pyramids’ construction –Egyptologists stumble across ramp that helps explain how huge blocks of stones were hauled into place

Image credit top of page: “Wandering the Immeasurable” sculpture at CERNs CMS  by Daryl Feehely,  Hiveminer