Archive for September, 2016:

UK rapped over marine mammals

Image copyright Martin Kitching Image caption Dolphins need to be included to achieve a coherent network of protected areas The European Commission is taking the UK to court for failing to protect endangered harbour porpoises. Britain is supposed to have created special sites round the coastlines to protect the animals, but has proposed only two.

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Rosetta probe set for comet collision

One of the most audacious space missions ever undertaken is about to come to an end. The Rosetta probe that has been tracking a comet for the past two years is going to deliberately crash itself into the 4km-wide ball of ice and dust. European Space Agency scientists say the satellite has come to the

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New data shows ‘staggering’ extent of great ape trade

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The new database suggests there were 1,800 seizures of great apes over the past ten years A new database suggests say there has been a dramatic under-reporting of the live, illegal trade in great apes. Around 1,800 orangutans, chimpanzees and gorillas were seized in 23 different countries since 2005,

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Total trade ban for Gibraltar’s monkeys agreed

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The illegal trade in infant Barbary Macaques is threatening the species Europe’s only non-human primate, the Barbary Macaque, has gained the highest level of species protection at the Cites meeting in Johannesburg. While about 200 live safely on the Rock of Gibraltar, they are experiencing rapid decline in their

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New safeguards agreed for world’s most trafficked mammal

Image copyright Wendy Panaino Image caption Pangolins are found all over African and Asia but their numbers have plummeted because of illegal trade A little known species driven to the edge of extinction by poaching has gained extra protection at the Cites meeting in South Africa. Pangolins are slow moving, nocturnal creatures found across Asia

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Farm subsidies: Payment to billionaire prince sparks anger

Taxpayers are paying more than £400,000 a year to subsidise a farm where a billionaire Saudi prince breeds racehorses. The Newmarket farm of Khalid Abdullah al Saud – owner of the legendary horse Frankel – is among the top 100 recipients of EU farm grants in the UK. The system’s critics say Brexit will let

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First ‘three person baby’ born using new method

Image copyright New Hope Fertility Centre Image caption Dr John Zhang holding the baby boy who was conceived thanks to the new technique that incorporates DNA from three people The world’s first baby has been born using a new “three person” fertility technique, New Scientist reveals. The five-month-old boy has the usual DNA from his

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Materials programmed to shape shift

Media captionScientists have pre-programmed materials to transform their shape. Scientists have pre-programmed materials to change their shape over time. Previous shape-shifting materials have needed some external trigger to tell them to transform, like light or heat. Now, a US-based team has encoded a sequence of shape transformations into the very substance of a polymer, with

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Elon Musk outlines Mars colony vision

Media captionElon Musk: Ticket to Mars human colony should be affordable Entrepreneur Elon Musk has outlined his vision for establishing a human colony on Mars for people that can afford a $200,000 ticket price. Mr Musk, who founded private spaceflight company SpaceX, was speaking at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Tuesday.

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Scientists solve singing fish mystery

Media captionWatch and listen: Scientists bring the singing fish into their lab When California houseboat residents heard their low, submarine hum in the 1980s, they thought it might be coming from noisy sewage pumps, military experiments or even extraterrestrials. But this was the nocturnal hum of the midshipman fish; a courtship call, and the source

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