Archive for October, 2016:

Images reveal crashed Mars lander

Image copyright NASA The European Space Agency has tried hard to avoid using the words “crash” or “failure” about its attempted Mars landing but the fate of the spacecraft is cruelly exposed in new pictures. The Schiaparelli lander is seen in greater detail than ever before, lying on the Martian surface. It is well within

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World’s largest marine protected area declared in Antarctica

Image copyright John B. Weller Image caption Conservationists are delighted that the Ross Sea has been designated a marine protected area Delegates from 24 countries and the European Union have agreed that the Ross Sea in Antarctica will become the world’s largest marine protected area (MPA). Some 1.57m sq km (600,000 sq miles) of the

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Italy earthquakes: Strong tremors shake central region

Media captionThe Church of San Sebastiano stands amidst damaged houses in Castelsantangelo sul Nera, Italy. Two strong earthquakes have hit central Italy, damaging buildings and injuring dozens of people. A 5.5-magnitude quake struck at 19:10 (17:10 GMT) near Visso in Macerata province, followed two hours later by a 6.1 magnitude tremor in the same area.

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Nations push to protect Antarctica’s ‘last ocean’

Image copyright JOHN B WELLER Image caption The Ross Sea is home to more than 10 mammal species and half a dozen species of birds, including penguins Campaigners believe a proposal to establish a vast marine reserve in the seas around Antarctica will finally be accepted this week. An international commission is looking to safeguard

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World wildlife ‘falls by 58% in 40 years’

Image copyright Roger Leguen / WWF Image caption This report estimates that wildlife populations have declined by nearly 60% since 1970 Global wildlife populations have fallen by 58% since 1970, a report says. The Living Planet assessment, by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and WWF, suggests that if the trend continues that decline could

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Saturn’s weird hexagon changes colour

Image copyright NASA The mysterious hexagon at Saturn’s northern pole has changed colour from blue to gold, scientists have said. The hexagon is essentially a rotating cloud pattern; its shape may originate as the result of large differences in the speeds of Saturn’s winds. The observation was made by Nasa’s Cassini spacecraft, which has been

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Parrot fossil unearthed in Siberia

Image copyright Dr Nikita Zelenkov Image caption The researchers compared the Siberian parrot fossil bone (top left) with other birds A parrot fossil has been unearthed in Siberia – the furthest north one of these birds has ever been found, a study reports. A single parrot bone was discovered in the Baikal region and dates

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Prince of Wales joins soil boosting project

Image copyright Getty Images The Prince of Wales is joining an Anglo-French government initiative to improve the condition of global soils. Ministers from both governments are meeting the prince to discuss how to improve soil health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from farming. Typically the focus of cutting greenhouse gases has fallen on transport and

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Ape’s fig challenge wins photo award

Image copyright Tim Laman Image caption “Entwined Lives”, taken with a GoPro, is one picture from a sequence captured over a couple of days Who dares wins. An orangutan pictured climbing high into a tree to reach some figs has taken the top honour in the 2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY) competition. American

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‘Zika mosquito’ eggs found near Folkestone in Kent

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Eggs of the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) have been found near Folkestone in Kent The eggs of a mosquito capable of transmitting tropical diseases, including the Zika virus, have been found for the first time in the UK. People in Stanford near Folkestone have been sent letters

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