Archive for February, 2018:

Seychelles protects an area ‘as big as Britain’ in Indian Ocean

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The island nation plans to protect 30% of its seas by 2020 The Seychelles has created protected areas “the size of Great Britain” in the Indian Ocean. In exchange for getting some of its national debt paid off, the island nation has agreed to protect 210,000 sq km (81,000

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Mutation ‘gives bats edge over deadly viruses’

Image copyright SPL Image caption Bats can carry lots of deadly viruses, such as Nipah, Marburg, Sars and Ebola A single mutation in an immunity gene called Sting might be one reason why bats can resist the worst effects of harmful viruses such as Ebola. Chinese scientists have shown that bat Sting triggers production of

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Wearable tech aids stroke patients

Media captionWearable tech could help stroke patients Scientists in the US are developing wearable sensors to speed up the recovery of stroke patients. The sensors are able to send information to doctors continuously. The team developing the system says it could allow therapists to more closely monitor the effectiveness of their care. Details of the

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Plastic straws could be banned, suggests Michael Gove

Image copyright PA Environment Secretary Michael Gove has suggested that plastic straws could be banned in Britain. When asked by the Daily Telegraph if he would prohibit plastic straws Mr Gove replied “watch this space”. He added that a balanced approach would be needed but said: “If it is bad, then banning it is a

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‘Fishing continued’ after East China sea oil spill

Image copyright AFP/Transport Ministry of China Image caption The tanker carried a highly toxic petroleum product that became invisible after the spill Fishing continued at the site of a massive oil spill in the East China Sea for days after the incident, satellite images obtained by the BBC suggest. Most of the fishing vessels in

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World’s fishing fleets mapped from orbit

It’s another demonstration of the power of Big Data – of mining a huge batch of statistics to see patterns of behaviour that were simply not apparent before. Computers have crunched 22 billion identification messages transmitted by sea-going vessels to map fishing activity around the globe. The analysis reveals that more than 55% of the

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SpaceX launches broadband pathfinders

Image copyright SPACEX Image caption The early morning launch had to go off at a very specific time SpaceX launched again on Thursday – this time to put a Spanish radar satellite above the Earth. But there was a lot of interest also in the mission’s secondary payloads – a couple of spacecraft the Californian

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Neanderthals were capable of making art

Image caption In Maltravieso Cave, western Spain, Neanderthals stencilled their hands by blowing red paint over them Contrary to the traditional view of them as brutes, it turns out that Neanderthals were artists. A study in Science journal suggests they made cave drawings in Spain that pre-date the arrival of modern humans in Europe by

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Wildlife secrets of Nigeria’s last wilderness

Image copyright Chester Zoo Image caption The Nigeria-Cameroon chimp is confined to remote pockets of forest The world’s rarest chimpanzee has been captured on camera in the remote forests of Nigeria. The Nigeria-Cameroon chimp was seen at various locations within Gashaka Gumti National Park, raising hopes for its future survival. Conservationists also recorded the first

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Tasmanian tiger ‘joeys’ revealed in 3D

Image copyright University of Melbourne It is a fascinating insight into the biology of an extinct animal. Scientists have scanned all known preserved Tasmanian tiger “joeys” to better understand the marsupial’s key early development phases. The study tracks the changes to the infants’ skeleton and internal organs as they grew inside the mother’s pouch. It

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