Archive for July 16th, 2017:

World’s large carnivores being pushed off the map

Image copyright Ethiopian Wolf Image caption The Ethiopian wolf has lost 99% of its range Six of the world’s large carnivores have lost more than 90% of their historic range, according to a study. The Ethiopian wolf, red wolf, tiger, lion, African wild dog and cheetah have all been squeezed out as land is lost

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Maryam Mirzakhani, first woman to win maths’ Fields Medal, dies

Image copyright Courtesy of Maryam Mirzakhani Image caption Prof Mirzakhani is seen as an inspiration for young female mathematicians Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to receive the prestigious Fields Medal for mathematics, has died in the US. The 40-year-old Iranian, a professor at Stanford University, had breast cancer which had spread to her bones. Nicknamed

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A mission to the Pacific plastic patch

Media captionMission to the plastic patch: On board with Capt Charles Moore and his team A mariner who has spent years travelling “hundreds of thousands of nautical miles” to measure the impact of plastic waste in the ocean has estimated that a “raft” of plastic debris spanning more than 965,000 square miles (2.5m sq km)

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