Archive for April 20th, 2017:

Sentinel satellites to monitor every volcano

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Countries that have limited resources to monitor their volcanoes will benefit most A UK-led team of scientists is rolling out a project to monitor every land volcano on Earth from space. Two satellites will routinely map the planet’s surface, looking for signs that might hint at a future eruption.

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‘Perfect storm’ threatens Europe’s salamanders

Image copyright SPL Image caption The fire salamander is one of the best-known salamander species in Europe Urgent action is needed to protect wild salamanders in Europe from a deadly infection, say scientists. The disease may end up wiping out all vulnerable species, with zoos and gene banks the only conservation option, they warn. A

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Unknown ancient reptile roamed the Pyrenees mountains

Image copyright Óscar Sanisidro / Institut Català de Paleontologia Image caption Artistic reconstruction of an archosauromorph The footprints of a mysterious reptile that lived about 250 million years ago have been identified in fossils from the Pyrenees mountains. Scientists say the new species is a member of the group that gave rise to crocodiles and

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