Archive for May, 2016:

Zoo defends Harambe gorilla shooting

Media captionCincinnati Zoo director: “Looking back, we would make the same decision” The director of a US zoo has defended the decision to shoot a gorilla after a small boy fell into its enclosure. Thane Maynard of Cincinnati Zoo said he would make the same call today as the gorilla was agitated and was hurting

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Officials seize tigers from Thai temple

Media captionMonks at the temple have been accused of wildlife trafficking and animal abuse Wildlife authorities in Thailand have begun removing tigers from a Buddhist temple, after accusations of wildlife trafficking and animal abuse. Three of the 137 tigers at the temple in Kanchanaburi province were moved on Monday. The 1,000-personnel operation will last all

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Baking soda ‘sponge’ to capture carbon

Image caption A sponge-like material containing a baking soda ingredient is being tested as a means of capturing carbon Scientists in California are testing sponges made with the key ingredient of baking soda as a way of capturing carbon emissions. The researchers say that soda is more effective than current methods and less damaging to

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Cooling technologies become red hot

Media captionIce blocks make fridges less ‘stupid’ On a warming planet, demand for cooling is increasing. But if we obtain that cooling from electricity generated by fossil fuels, it makes warming worse. So, the world needs new clean, cool technologies. And British inventors are rushing to provide them. One invention from a garage in Bishop’s

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Backlash over gorilla killing at US zoo

Media captionAmateur footage shows the gorilla dragging the boy through the water The killing of a gorilla at a zoo in the US city of Cincinnati after a four-year-old boy fell into its enclosure has triggered outrage on social media. Many said male gorilla Harambe should not have been shot dead as he did not

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Jurassic ‘sea monster’ is unveiled

It’s the biggest jigsaw puzzle you’ve ever seen but in this case, there are no instructions on the box. Hundreds of bones are laid out on the floor and Dr Hilary Ketchum, of the Oxford Museum of Natural History, has kindly offered to piece them all together. It takes more than an hour to slot

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Flexi-space room expansion complete

Image copyright NASA A new, expandable “room” has been opened up on the space station. The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (Beam) is a demonstrator for the type of habitats that may be used to build future orbiting labs. It is possible such rooms could even make for more living space during the many months it

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Zoo gorilla shot as boy falls into moat

Media captionAmateur footage shows the gorilla dragging the boy through the water Zoo officials have shot dead a gorilla after a four-year-old boy fell into its enclosure in the US city of Cincinnati. The boy climbed through a barrier and fell into a moat, where he was grabbed and dragged by the gorilla. The zoo

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Eve the Jurassic sea monster

It’s the biggest jigsaw puzzle you’ve ever seen but in this case, there are no instructions on the box. Hundreds of bones are laid out on the floor and Dr Hilary Ketchum, of the Oxford Museum of Natural History, has kindly offered to piece them all together. It takes more than an hour to slot

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Contract to construct giant telescope

Image copyright ESO Image caption The E-ELT should be able to image directly rocky planets beyond our Solar System A contract has been signed that will lead to the construction of one of this century’s key astronomical facilities. The European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) will be the biggest optical and infrared observatory ever built, with

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