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You can volunteer in Australia and help hundreds of animals

An anonymous hero rescues a koala from the flames in Australia.

Australia has been plagued by voracious and unstoppable fires since September 2019. Thousands of firefighters try to stop the progress of the flames and other volunteers are collaborating with the emergency, helping thousands of people and saving animals from a painful death. You can be one of them!

Australia now needs everyone’s help. Whatever the cause of the fires, the situation has gone out of control and is leading the country to a catastrophic situation.

More than 10 million hectares have been devastated by fire, it is estimated that more than one billion animals have died directly and indirectly from forest fires and more than 20 people have died.

Many of us tweet or share the news about the tragedy in Australia, and this is a way to help, informing the population of the real problem; But there is another way to help that might interest you.

Help victims in Australia from abroad

You can help from wherever you are

If you have the financial means to help, you could make donations to various institutions that are in aid work in Australia.

  • NSW Rural Fire Service: The Rural Fire Service allows donations to the organization or to specific brigades. The options for help are bank transfer, credit card or check.
  • Queensland Fire and Rescue: It is a fire and rescue service in the Queensland area. Donations are possible on its website.
  • Western Australia: You can also send your donation to the Western state of Australia.
  • Australia Red Cross: You can collaborate with a help for this organization.
  • The Salvation Army Australia: Salvation Army Emergency Services (SAES) teams are responding to the devastating wildfires in Australia.

The Department of Fire / Emergency Service Australia has a list of other organizations to which you can send a donation.

Volunteer in Australia

You can volunteer in Australia

If you have enough means to go to Australia and volunteer, although not necessarily in fire-affected areas, you can take a look at the following options:

  • Volunteering Australia: It is a national body that allows you to volunteer in Australia. Its website contains a lot of information on how to volunteer. In addition, on its website you can search for several program options that interest you most through keywords, location, duration, etc.
  • Koala Hospital: Do you want to help the Koalas fire survivors? This is a very famous international volunteer program in the country. For a month you could volunteer at Koala Hospital, learning and collaborating with all activities related to the care and welfare of these noble animals.
  • Australia Red Cross: The Australian Red Cross organization needs your help, and if you have basic knowledge in these tasks, you could be very supportive! Check out the different options published on their website.
  • Palms: If your thing is to help people and you have great charisma, this is your volunteer program. Palms is a global volunteer program, which allows working with a community with the objective of developing the skills of the local population.

Adopt a Koala

You can adopt a koala

You also have the option of adopting a koala and providing financial assistance to ensure your future.

  • Australian Koala Foundation: This organization works exclusively for the conservation of koalas. Through this organization you can donate money, buy products for animals that still survive and even plant a eucalyptus tree from a distance. You can also adopt a koala and ensure its survival. On the website of Australian Koala Foundation You will find a list of names with the image of each one to choose the koala you want to help.
  • Friends of the Koala: This nonprofit organization offers an adoption package for one year that you could choose. For 365 days you will help cover the treatment of rescued koalas and finally be released back to nature, while possible.
You can support the work of firefighters in Australia

And if what you want is to make a donation directly to a fundraiser with the aim of fighting fires, an example is Light Blue Barber. She has provided substantial assistance to the Rural Fire Service of NSW (New South Wales) to help stop the spread of fire. In just 5 days, he has already raised more than 27 million euros. It should be noted that the amount is free.

These are some ways to help in the disaster Australia is experiencing. You can select the one that is within your reach and support in stopping fires and improving the situation of victims and people.

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A previously unknown species of winged dinosaur very similar to a dragon discovered in China

Artistic representation of how the Wulong bohaiensis could have been. Credit: Erick Toussaint / San Diego Natural History Museum

A new species of dinosaur, a relative of Velociraptor, has shown scientists a little more about the origins of similarities and differences between the feathers of dinosaurs and birds.

The fossil belongs to a fierce dinosaur from the Cretaceous period called the “dancing dragon” who lived 120 million years ago in what is now China.

‘Dancing dragon’

Fossil of the Wulong bohaiensis. Credit: Erick Toussaint / San Diego Natural History Museum

Called Wulong Bohaiensis, It was a two-legged carnivore, a little bigger than a raven, that resided in an environment next to lakes. He had a scaly face, a mouth full of pointed teeth, a particularly dangerous toenail, and probably hunted small mammals, lizards, birds and fish.

He was gound in the Chinese province of Rehe, in northeastern China and his name translates as ‘dancing dragon’, as it refers to the articulated position in which his skeleton is.

Conserved in its entirety, the skeleton included soft tissues such as feathers, which appear together on its arms and legs, very similar to those of birds now. In addition to its four long limbs and two long feathers at the end of the tail, his body was covered by spongy filaments.

At the end of its long bone tail, fused in a rigid rod, there were 2 very long feathers.

«The Wulong specimen is a magnificent fossil. With the feathers and claws, I think it would have been beautiful and a little scary. I would love to see one alive, ”said leading research paleontologist Ashley Poust of the San Diego Natural History Museum.

Plumage differences between birds and feathered dinosaurs

A thorough examination of the bones showed that this Wulong individual was approximately one year old, that is, he was a young male still growing.

A new species of feathered dinosaur in China

This characteristic puzzled the experts, since usually the feathers appear in the adult stage. “Either the young dinosaurs needed these tail feathers for some function we don’t know, or they were cultivating their feathers very differently than most current birds”, Poust explained

Birds evolved from small feathered dinosaurs approximately 150 million years ago. But there were many feathered dinosaurs that didn’t fly, like Wulong.

Young Wulong seemed to have the plumage of an adult.

«It has long and isolated feathers that extend from its long tail. This is quite different from live birds and tells us that these decorative feathers preceded adulthood in dinosaurs. Of course, they may be using these feathers in a very different way from live birds too, ”said the expert.

Paleontologists are eager to understand many more plumage differences between birds and these feathered dinosaurs.

The finding was described in the scientific journal. The Anatomical Record.

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Australia Firefighters Save the Only Wild Prehistoric Wollemi Pines on Earth

Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch
Waking Times

It looks as if firefighters in Australia have succeeded in saving a secret grove of prehistoric trees belonging to a species that dates back to the time of the dinosaurs.

The Wollemi pines once grew widely across Australia from more than 100 to 60 million years ago, The Washington Post reported. But now less than 200 remain in the wild, in a national park 125 miles northwest of Sydney.

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“Huge anomalies” at the edge of the earth’s core

At the edge of the Earth’s core lie two gigantic blobs of ultrahot rock — and that’s about the extent to which geologists agree about them.

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The mysterious blobs are on opposite sides of the planet, one hidden beneath Africa, the other in the middle of the Pacific Ocean – the Quanta Magazine compared the ‘massive anomalies’ to Princess Leia’s iconic hairstyle (Star Wars).

Scientists discovered the blobs decades ago by mapping the interior of the planet, but have not learned much since.

Some ideas

There are two main schools of thought regarding the blobs, according to Quanta. The first camp holds that they’re merely massive clusters of hot plumes.

The other argues that the blobs — so big that they would drown the planet’s surface in a lava ocean over 60 miles deep — are their own distinct entity and not just a particularly warm region of the core.

Recent evidence supports the second camp: Quanta reports that scientists found traces of unique, ancient rocks and isotopes in magma that’s flowed upward from the blobs — materials nearly as old as the Earth itself and not found elsewhere on the planet.

Persistent Mystery

Still, great mystery still surrounds the deeply-buried hotspots. One theory is that they could be fragments of a Mars-sized object that crashed into the Earth.

University of Maryland seismologist Vedran Lekić told Quanta

It would be like having an object in the sky, and asking, ‘Is that the moon?’ And people are like, no. ‘Is that the sun?’ No. ‘What is it?’ We don’t know.

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