Archive for April, 2016:

‘Sleepless slugs’ on rise, say experts

Media captionThe slug invasion that could devastate your garden Last year’s wet summer, followed by one of the warmest winters on record, has helped to create a generation of sleepless slugs, wildlife experts have warned. The weather has not been cold enough in recent months to send the creatures into hibernation. Conservation charity BugLife said

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Weasel shuts down Large Hadron Collider

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Large Hadron Collider is the world’s most powerful particle accelerator The Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator at Cern is offline after a short circuit – caused by a weasel. The unfortunate creature did not survive the encounter with a high-voltage transformer at the site near Geneva in Switzerland. The

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Tim Peake drives remote robot on Earth

Image copyright AIRBUS DS Image caption The rover known as Bridget enters the “cave” at the Airbus simulation “Mars yard” UK astronaut Tim Peake has performed a challenging remote control experiment on the International Space Station. He had to command a robot rover on Earth, driving it across a big sandpit in Stevenage, near London,

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Kenyan call to stamp out ivory trade

Image copyright AP Image caption Kenya will incinerate almost all its confiscated ivory President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya has urged an end to Africa’s illegal ivory trade, saying it means death for elephants and death for tourism. He is hosting a summit of African leaders, business people and scientists in Nanyuki, central Kenya, to discuss

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Lizards share sleep patterns with humans

Image copyright Dr Stephan Junek, Max Planck Institute for Brain Image caption A dozing Australian bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps) Lizards share sleep patterns with humans, according to scientists. Until now, it was thought features of human sleep such as rapid eye movements were seen only in mammals and birds. Now, a study of the bearded

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Tim Peake to control rover from space

Image caption Standing by: The Bridget rover is ready to go into the simulated cave UK astronaut Tim Peake will get to drive a rover on Mars shortly. Or, at least, that is the scenario he is facing in a challenging experiment. In reality, the Briton, currently on the International Space Station, will command a

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Delayed Russian rocket lifts off

Media captionIt is the first rocket launch from the new Russian cosmodrome Russia has launched the first rocket from its new Vostochny cosmodrome, following a 24-hour delay that drew the ire of President Vladimir Putin. The launch of the Soyuz was watched by Mr Putin, who had flown 5,500km (3,500 miles) to the country’s Far

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Glaciers with a flotilla of ‘ice sails’

Image copyright Christoph Mayer/BADW Image caption Like a flotilla of sail boats heading down the estuary Rare and somewhat esoteric. These are the huge pyramids of ice that stand proud of the surface on some glaciers. To date, the phenomenon has only really been seen around the Karakoram mountain region of Pakistan. The Baltoro glacier,

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Neonics ‘not equally harmful’ to bees

The largest field study so far in to the group of pesticides called “neonicotinoids” has concluded that each acts differently on the brains of the bees. One of the chemicals widely considered as being the most toxic wasn’t shown to affect bees at a level found in the countryside. However other “neonics” were shown to

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‘Human swan’ to join Russia migration

Media captionThe woman who wants to fly with swans A conservationist plans to take flight this autumn alongside thousands of swans as they make a 4,500-mile journey from the Russian arctic to the UK. Sacha Dench will fly by paramotor – paragliding with a propeller strapped to her back – to get as close as

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