Archive for July 17th, 2017:

Butterfly numbers facing ‘vital’ period

Image copyright Butterfly Conservation Image caption Butterfly Conservation says many UK species are declining in numbers Butterflies in the UK are facing “a vital” period following a worrying decline in their numbers, naturalist Sir David Attenborough has warned. The TV broadcaster said some of the UK’s most common species have suffered “significant declines” in recent

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Why the cheetah is a champion sprinter

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The cheetah has a recorded speed of 68-75 mph (109.4-120.7 km/h) They’re the sprinters of the animal world – cheetahs on land, falcons in the air and marlins in the sea. But, why are they so fast when bigger, more muscular animals might be expected to outpace them? Now,

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Drifting Antarctic iceberg A-68 opens up clear water

The giant iceberg known as A-68 that was produced in the Antarctic last week continues to drift seaward. All the latest satellite images indicate the gap between the 6,000-sq-km block and the floating Larsen C Ice Shelf from which it calved is widening. The particular image on this page was acquired by the Deimos-1 satellite.

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