Archive for December 27th, 2016:

Vera Rubin, pioneering astronomer, dies at 88

Image caption Rubin discovered that the stars at the edges of galaxies moved faster than expected Astronomer Vera Rubin, whose pioneering work on galaxy rotation rates led to the theory of dark matter, has died at the age of 88, her son says. Allan Rubin said she died on Sunday of natural causes, AP reported.

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Ash tree genome sequenced for first time

Image caption The issue of biosecurity is set to become increasingly important to prevent alien invasive pathogens entering the UK habitat The genome of the common ash (Fraxinus excelsior) has been sequenced for the first time – an important step in the battle against ash dieback disease. Researchers, writing in Nature, found UK ash trees

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Cheetahs heading towards extinction as population crashes

Image copyright ZSL Image caption Protected parks and reserves for cheetahs are not sufficient as the animal ranges far beyond these areas The sleek, speedy cheetah is rapidly heading towards extinction according to a new study into declining numbers. The report estimates that there are just 7,100 of the world’s fastest mammals now left in

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