Among the more unusual news stories recently…scientists discover that some bats use "baby talk" to communicate with their cubs, someone in China just paid $325,000 for a phone number, and a town in Switzerland gets hit with "chocolate snow".
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Dogs are being trained to sniff out COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. So far, dogs seem to be quite good at detecting the illness, but it's not clear yet how useful these skills will be.
In today's news roundup, Lebanon's government has stepped down after protests following the huge explosions on August 4, New Zealand is working to understand and control a new coronavirus outbreak, and a skateboard move is renamed after 40 years.
In today's news roundup, scientists use poop stains to locate new penguin colonies from space, Russia has approved a coronavirus vaccine before testing is complete, and Australia struggles to find workers to shear its sheep.
Young people across Thailand have been using the internet to organize protests against the government. The protests have been going on for weeks and the movement seems to be growing.
In today's news roundup, an oil spill caused by a ship running aground has led Mauritius to declare an emergency, extreme monsoon rains leave much of Mumbai, India flooded, and astronauts return to Earth in NASA's first splashdown in 45 years.
Massive explosions have killed over 135 people and injured thousands in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon. The blasts have caused so much damage that the city is struggling to respond.
Scientists have woken up tiny life forms called microbes that are over 100 million years old. The microbes were found in samples pulled from deep under the sea floor beneath miles of ocean.
Ecuador is carefully watching a huge group of 260 Chinese fishing boats located just outside a special protected ocean area near the Galapagos Islands. The government is worried that the ships could threaten many endangered fish and sharks.
In today's news roundup, a small group of Muslims taking part in a coronavirus-limited hajj in Saudi Arabia finish their journeys, and scientists discover the source for massive stones which make up Stonehenge.
July has been a busy month in space and an especially busy month for missions to Mars. Here’s a look at the recent launches by NASA and China, as well as the story of two teenage girls from India who discovered an asteroid.