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News in Short - 06-July-2020

New species of amphibians with snake-like venom glands discovered

Date: 06 July 2020 Tags: Biodiversity
  • A team of scientists from Brazil and the United States has discovered a species of amphibians, ringed caeclilian (Siphonops annulatus)with oral venomous glands.
  • These limbless amphibians are generally found in areas with tropical climates, which include Africa, Asia and America.
  • The habitat of these new species involves water bodies or self-made burrows. As they are nearly blind, these creatures depend on facial tentacles and slime to navigate.

New species of Ichthyosaur discovered

Date: 06 July 2020 Tags: Biodiversity
  • Scientists have identified Hauffiopteryx Altera as a new species of Ichthyosaurs, a group of tuna-shaped reptiles that inhabited Earth’s seas during the Mesozoic Era.
  • Like dolphins, ichthyosaurs underwent profound adaptions to aquatic environments, including limbs transformed into flippers, a dorsal fin, and a tail fin.
  • Scientists retrieved the fossils in the Posidonia Shale, an Early Jurassic geological formation located at the axis of Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.

British actor Earl Cameron dies

Date: 06 July 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Earl Cameron, who broke down racial barriers by becoming one of British film's first black stars in the 1950s, has died at the age of 102.
  • Cameron appeared in the 1951 hit "Pool of London", notable for being Britain's first major film to feature an interracial relationship. He had a minor role in the 1965 James Bond film "Thunderball" and appeared in Sidney Poitier's 1973 movie "A Warm December".
  • Cameron, who arrived in Britain in 1939 and started out as a stage actor in London's West End. He also featured regularly on British television in the 1960s, including with a role in the popular "Dr Who" series.

US sends aircraft carrier to South China Sea

Date: 06 July 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The US Navy has sent two aircraft carrier groups into the South China Sea for the first time since 2014 as China conducts exercises the contested waters.
  • The USS Nimitz and the USS Ronald Reagan were conducting dual-carrier operations and exercises in the South China Sea to support a free and open Indo-Pacific.
  • China’s People’s Liberation Army is conducting a five-day drill around the Paracel Islands, a disputed archipelago. Vietnam and the Philippines have protested against the exercise.

Badminton legend and Olympic champion Lin Dan retires

Date: 06 July 2020 Tags: Sports
  • China's two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan, arguably the greatest badminton player of all time, announced his retirement aged 36.
  • It means that Lin, who won gold at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Games, will not compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which have been pushed back to next summer because of coronavirus.
  • The end of Lin's glorious career comes just over a year after the retirement of his great rival and friend, the Malaysian star Lee Chong Wei.