Archive for December, 2016:

Coming up

From a majestic natural spectacle to a high-octane technological thrill ride, here’s our guide to the big science events of 2017. Eclipse of the century Image copyright PA If reports are to be believed, 2017 will offer up what’s been described as the eclipse of the century. In August next year, skywatchers from all over

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The year 2016 in archaeology

2016 had its fair share of exciting discoveries in the world of archaeology. Together, they reveal the human characteristics that unite us all and expose the impacts that past peoples continue to have on life today. Here’s a selection of the most inspiring findings of the year. Britain’s Pompeii Image copyright Cambridge Archaeological Unit Image

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Scientists’ work recognised in New Year Honours

Image copyright SPL Image caption Researchers from a range of scientific fields are recognised in this year’s New Year Honours The work of a number of the UK’s leading scientists has been recognised in the New Year Honours. Prof Shankar Balasubramanian, a chemist from the University of Cambridge, has received a knighthood. Prof Ottoline Leyser,

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Big digs

2016 had its fair share of exciting discoveries in the world of archaeology. Together, they reveal the human characteristics that unite us all and expose the impacts that past peoples continue to have on life today. Here’s a selection of the most inspiring findings of the year. Britain’s Pompeii Image copyright Cambridge Archaeological Unit Image

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Private vehicles add to Delhi’s pollution woes

Image copyright AP Image caption Pollution levels in India’s capital city has reached levels 90 times higher than levels deemed safe by health experts Despite alarming pollution levels, Delhi has seen a surge in private vehicles, while public transport is in decline, environmentalists have warned. They quoted government figures that show there are now about

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China announces ban on ivory trade by end of 2017

Image copyright AFP Image caption Kenya set alight 105 tonnes of ivory tusks in April to help tackle the illegal trade China has announced a ban on all ivory trade and processing activities by the end of 2017. Conservation groups hailed the decision as “historic” and a “game-changer” for the future of elephants. The move

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Science selection

There has been a feast of interesting stories behind the news headlines this year. Here’s part two of our festive selection of science and environment long reads. Football as a numbers game. By Jonathan Sullivan Image copyright Alex Livesey “Big data” – the world of analytics, algorithms and statistical models – is increasingly part of

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Rare giraffe born on Boxing Day

A rare giraffe was born at Chester Zoo on Boxing Day – found by staff when they arrived in the morning. The Rothschild giraffe is said to be one of the most endangered species of the animal, because of poaching and loss of habitat. Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38455764

Birds migrating earlier as temperatures rise

Image copyright Markus Vareavuo/naturepl.com Image caption Species that migrate huge distances – such as the swallow were included in the research Migrating birds are arriving at their breeding grounds earlier as global temperatures rise, a study has found. Birds have reached their summer breeding grounds on average about one day earlier per degree of increasing

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China finds new love for wildlife films

British-Chinese cameraman Jacky Poon is among very few professionals documenting endangered animals hidden deep in China’s mountains and valleys. Many Chinese people were only introduced to wildlife films this year after the first nature blockbuster, Born in China, made an impressive debut in cinemas and a wildlife documentary called the Mystery Monkeys of Shangri-La won

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