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UK government directs £4.6 million to tackling illegal wildlife trade

Sun, 04/21/2019 - 8:01pm
Efforts to disrupt grey parrot trade in Cameroon and reduce demand for turtle products in Nicaragua are among 14 projects to win funding from the UK government
Categories: Astronomy

Huge dinosaur may have stood on its toes with fleshy pads for balance

Sun, 04/21/2019 - 5:00am
Rhoetosaurus brownie lived 170 million years ago. Despite the dinosaur weighing 24 tonnes it may have stood on its tiptoes with fleshy pads for balance
Categories: Astronomy

Baby boom for the kakapo, New Zealand’s critically endangered parrot

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 6:00am
There are fewer than 150 adult kakapo in New Zealand, but this year’s bumper crop of almost 90 chicks renews hope that the bird can be saved from extinction
Categories: Astronomy

Zero-gravity robot cleaner could automatically sterilise the ISS

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 5:00am
Cleaning the International Space Station is laborious work, so hygiene firm GermFalcon has made a drone that works in zero-gravity to do the job instead
Categories: Astronomy

How maths could fix the problems with India’s voting machines

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 5:00am
The world’s biggest election is under way in India. Trust in the machines used to vote is low, but better maths could spot manipulation or errors, says Edd Gent
Categories: Astronomy

An interstellar rock may have hit Earth in 2014 but nobody noticed

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 11:21am
In 2017 astronomers spotted the first interstellar object in our solar system, ‘Oumuamua, but our planet may have been hit by a meteor from another star in 2014
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AI that spots inequality could monitor living conditions in cities

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 10:00am
An algorithm that can detect inequality in cities from Google Street View images, could be used to monitor projects aimed at improving living conditions
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Dog owners are more likely to get the recommended amount of exercise

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 10:00am
A UK survey found that 80 per cent of dog owners get their recommended 150 minutes of physical activity a week, but just 62 per cent of people without dogs do
Categories: Astronomy

BBC Earth from Space: satellite images give new view on conservation

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 9:40am
The BBC's new documentary, Earth from Space, explores how scientists use satellite imagery to view and understand some of nature's biggest challenges
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Climate protesters want net zero carbon emissions - is it possible?

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 8:39am
An increasing number of countries are declaring plans to hit net zero carbon emissions, but doing so will require technology that doesn’t yet exist
Categories: Astronomy

Macron’s pledge to rebuild Notre Dame in five years may be possible

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 6:11am
Many have expressed dismay at the “loss” of Notre Dame following Monday’s fire, but thankfully most of the building is still intact thanks to its clever design
Categories: Astronomy

We must all work to avoid disputes over the care of very ill children

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 8:01pm
New advice will help reduce conflict between medical professionals and the parents of desperately sick children, says Mike Linney
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A virus we thought was harmless to humans may worsen cystic fibrosis

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 3:00pm
Bacteriophage viruses target microbes and not human cells – but paradoxically, they make it harder to treat bacterial infections in people with cystic fibrosis
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Viewing media coverage of traumatic events may fuel long-term distress

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 3:00pm
When a violent world event occurs, you may want to find out as much about it as possible. But exposure to media coverage may cause long-term anxiety and stress
Categories: Astronomy

Ancient urine reveals early prehistory of domestic sheep and goats

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 3:00pm
Stone Age farmers living in Turkey became more reliant on domestic sheep and goats over a 1000-year period, according to a study of the animals’ preserved urine
Categories: Astronomy

We’ve found the first type of molecule to form after the big bang

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 2:00pm
The first atoms fused into molecules about 400,000 years after the big bang, and now we’ve seen signs of those earliest types of molecule in a distant nebula
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Pig brains have been partly revived after death - what does this mean?

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 2:00pm
Pig brains have been partly revived after their bodies were killed. But what does this mean and how could it be used to help people in emergency situations?
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Gun that launches cord to wrap around assailant used for first time

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 10:57am
US police have used a gun that fires a cord around a suspect, binding their limbs and preventing them from moving, for the first time
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Surprising ways the changing Earth shaped human evolution and society

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 2:00pm
From the development of our remarkable brains to the geographic divides in the way we vote, our shape-shifting planet has guided the path of humanity
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Protein mania: The problem with the West’s latest diet obsession

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 2:00pm
Everything from breakfast cereal to ice cream and even water is now laced with extra protein. Is there any evidence that consuming more of it does us good?
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