Archive for June, 2017:

Wild ducks caught on camera snacking on small birds

Image copyright Silviu Petrovan/Mihai Leu Image caption A mallard duck closes in on a fledgling black redstart Wild mallard ducks have been observed attacking and eating migratory birds. This has never been documented before and is probably a new behaviour, say scientists. Zoologists at the University of Cambridge filmed a group of mallard ducks hunting

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‘Very strong’ climate change signal in record June heat

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The chances of soaring temperatures have been increased by human related climate change The June heat waves that impacted much of the UK and Western Europe were made more intense because of climate change say scientists. Forest fires in Portugal claimed scores of lives while emergency heat plans were

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Large-scale study ‘shows neonic pesticides harm bees’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Some honeybee hives exposed to neonicotinoids were at risk of dying off over winter The most extensive study to date on neonicotinoid pesticides concludes that they harm both honeybees and wild bees. Researchers said that exposure to the chemicals left honeybee hives less likely to survive over winter,

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Inmarsat’s European short-haul wi-fi spacecraft launches

Image copyright ESA/CNES/ARIANESPACE Image caption The EAN will use a satellite that was launched from French Guiana on Wednesday by an Ariane rocket A new Europe-wide wi-fi service for aeroplanes came a step closer on Wednesday night with the launch of a key satellite from French Guiana. Airline passengers will soon be able to connect

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How to eavesdrop on urban bats with smart sensors

Image copyright Hugh Clark Image caption Brown long-eared bat – This bat’s huge ears provide exceptionally sensitive hearing Scientists are studying the urban life of bats in unprecedented detail using sensors installed in a London park. The detectors eavesdrop on the nocturnal chatter of bats, picking up their ultrasonic calls and monitoring bat activity in

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UK CO2 and energy costs ‘set to rise’

Image copyright PA Image caption The CCC wants more low-carbon electricity through the 2020s Household energy bills and carbon emissions will rise unless ministers devise new policies to save power, a report says. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) confirms that bills and emissions have been forced down since 2008 by EU energy efficiency rules.

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Viewsnight: ‘Scientific research isn’t immune to sexism’

In this Viewsnight, Journalist Angela Saini argues that it’s easy for prejudice to affect research and that science has been tainted by sexism for hundreds of years. Viewsnight is BBC Newsnight’s place for ideas and debate. For more, head over to BBC Newsnight on Facebook and on YouTube Article source:

‘Boaty McBoatface’ submarine returns home

Image copyright P.Abrahamsen/BAS Image caption Boaty undertook three dives with the longest conducted over three days Boaty McBoatface, the UK’s favourite yellow submarine, has returned from its first major science expedition. The vehicle was used in the Antarctic to map the movement of deep, cold water as it moves away from the White Continent towards

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Raptor plunging to extinction in England

Image copyright Andy Hay ( Image caption Female hen harriers have brown plumage – possibly for camouflage in the heather The hen harrier, an iconic bird of prey, is heading towards the brink of extinction in England, new figures suggest. There are just four breeding pairs left in England and numbers are declining elsewhere in

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What happens when you’re sleep deprived?

A new study has launched that hopes to discover what happens to your brain power when tired. The Canadian team hope hundreds of thousands of volunteers sign up to take the online tests, just as the BBC’s Fergus Walsh did. Article source:

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