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Blue Macaw Parrot, The Inspiration Behind RIO, Is Now Officially EXTINCT

Remember those adorable blue birds from the movie Rio? They’re extinct now!

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Remember those adorable blue Brazilian birds in the animated film Rio? Their specie is officially one of the eight bird species that have just gone extinct this decade, experts said.

It’s definitely a heartbreaking reality that we have to live with. Extinction isn’t a thing of the past and it still happens today.

Spix’s macaw, also known as the little blue macaw, has become extinct.

Source: BBC

According to reports, researchers from BirdLife International launched a statistical analysis of endangered species and they discovered that extinction crisis on big continents happen mostly because of environmental damages done by humans.

Extinctions are “continuing and accelerating” in our times – and the blue macaw is one the of latest casualties.

Source: India Times

As Stuart Butchart, chief scientist of BirdLife International, pointed out:

“People think of extinctions and think of the dodo but our analysis shows that extinctions are continuing and accelerating today.

“Historically 90 per cent of bird extinctions have been small populations on remote islands.

“Our evidence shows there is a growing wave of extinctions washing over the continent driven by habitat loss from unsustainable agriculture, drainage and logging.”

According to a DailyMail report, the researchers studied 51 different species judged “critically endangered” on the red list of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Deforestation is one of the culprits, said the experts.

The last wild sighting of the bird was way back the year 2000.

In 1985, three of these wild birds were found in Brazil but unfortunately, two were “illegally captured” and “attempts to breed the third failed.”

Meanwhile, the list also tells us that over 26,000 species are currently facing threat.

Butchart hopes that the sad news will open opportunities for discussing wildlife preservation, especially in the case of endangered species.

Rio’s title is a reference to Rio de Janeiro, a city in Brazil.

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7 Astounding New Discoveries Involving Ancient Horses

#7 is definitely mind-blowing!

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Horses have always played an important role in our history. Our ancestors spent centuries trying to domesticate the animals before horses became a part of human civilization. Without horses, great empires would never exist. Yet, we continue to learn astounding things about these magnificent creatures every day.

Our ancestors have been riding horses for thousands of years. However, saddles may have been invented for a different animal. Scientists recently found the remains of a donkey with molars that had the same damage as horses that have to wear bits. The skeleton was dated back to around 2700 BC, which is at least 1,000 years before horses were brought to the Near East. Here are seven astounding archaeological discoveries that involved ancient horses.

1. The First Horse Tamers

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Amazing Artist Uses Rubik’s Cubes to ‘Paint’ Celebrity Portraits

Now that’s what you call TALENT!

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As if solving the Rubik's Cube wasn't challenging enough, one man from Melbourne, Australia decided to take his love of the iconic toy to a whole new level. Meet artist Giovanni Contardi, a guy who creates astounding portraits using - yes, you guessed it - Rubik's Cubes!

As you will see below, Hollywood celebrities are Giovanni's favorite subjects in his unique artworks. He's done several of these portraits, in fact, ranging from Marilyn Monroe and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), to iconic music icons Amy Winehouse and Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, among many others.

Instead of paintbrushes and canvases, the 24-year-old artist uses 700 to 730 cubes to 'paint' his portraits.

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Behind Mankind’s First Step on the Moon is a Woman Celebrating Her 100th Birthday

She’s an inspiration to women of all ages and races.

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Katherine Johnson, NASA’s “human computer” responsible for the computations needed for mankind’s first step on the moon, turns 100! Working behind the scenes, Johnson hand-crunched the numbers for NASA’s first-ever manned space flight involving the famous Neil Armstrong and his team.

This lady mathematician is a legend in NASA’s ranks. Being given the impossible never-before-done task of sending a manned spacecraft to the moon, Johnson stepped up to the challenge and made the missions successful.

Katherine Johnson was born in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia on August 26, 1918.

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