Archive for October 12th, 2016:

Butterfly numbers drop a mystery, say experts

Image copyright Butterfly Conservation Image caption Common blue butterflies were the worst affected, with a drop of more than half A huge drop in the number of butterflies in the UK is causing confusion among wildlife experts. The Big Butterfly Count – an annual survey by thousands of volunteers – recorded an average 12.2 per

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US to work with private firms on Mars plan

Image copyright SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Image caption Artist’s impression: When will the first astronaut set foot on Mars? President Barack Obama says the US will work with private companies on its plan to send humans to Mars in the 2030s. President Obama announced his proposals for a crewed mission to the Red Planet in 2010.

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Chicxulub ‘dinosaur crater’ investigation begins in earnest

Media captionJo Morgan and Sean Gulick describe the Chicxulub cores Scientists have obtained remarkable new insights into the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. They have been examining rocks from the crater that the 15km-wide space object dug out of what is now the Gulf of Mexico some 66 million years ago. The team

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