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Whales in mass stranding on Western Australia beach

[ad_1] Image copyright WESTERN AUSTRALIA GOVERNMENT Image caption About 75 whales have already died, Western Australia authorities say About 150 whales have become stranded on a beach in Australia, prompting a major rescue effort. The animals were spotted by a fisherman at Hamelin Bay, about 300km (180 miles) south of Perth, early on Friday. About […]

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Engineering giant

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Brunel was a visionary who transformed the way we live, but behind his carefully cultivated public image lay anxiety and self-doubt Allowing nothing to stand in his way, Isambard Kingdom Brunel built across gorges, tunnelled under rivers and through hills to construct railway lines, stations, bridges, viaducts and […]

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Origin of 'six-inch mummy' confirmed

[ad_1] Image copyright Emery Smith Image caption The genome study uncovers possible reasons for the skeleton’s unusual features Tests on a six-inch-long mummified skeleton from Chile confirm that it represents the remains of a newborn with multiple mutations in key genes. Despite being the size of a foetus, initial tests had suggested the bones were […]

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Curiosity rover: 2,000 days on Mars

[ad_1] Nasa’s Curiosity rover, also known as the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), is celebrating 2,000 martian days (sols) investigating Gale Crater on the Red Planet. In that time, the robot has made some remarkable observations. Here are just a few of them, chosen by the Curiosity science team. Image copyright NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS Looking back: In the […]

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'Radical change' needed on countryside

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The UK government is failing rural communities and the natural environment, a report says. The Lords Select Committee document says there should be radical change in how the countryside is looked after. It recommends stripping the environment department Defra of its power to regulate on rural affairs, and reforming the […]

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New plant list to help deter garden deer

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Two species of Muntjac deer have been introduced to the UK Wild deer are increasingly being seen in urban areas, with species such as Muntjac and Sika deer expanding their range. When they stray into gardens they are known to strip flowers and foliage, and nibble tree bark. […]

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Ocean plastic could treble in decade

[ad_1] Image copyright SPL The amount of plastic in the ocean is set to treble in a decade unless litter is curbed, a major report has warned. Plastics is just one issue facing the world’s seas, along with rising sea levels, warming oceans, and pollution, it says. But the Foresight Future of the Sea Report […]

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Triceratops may have had horns to attract mates

[ad_1] Image copyright Andrey Atuchin Image caption Artist’s impression of two ceratopsian dinosaurs: Utahceratops gettyi (l) and Nasutoceratops titusi (r) Dinosaurs like the Triceratops may have had horns and frills to attract a mate, a new study suggests. Ceratopsian, or horned dinosaurs, were previously thought to have developed this ornamentation to distinguish between different species. […]

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UK will lead European exoplanet mission

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGiovanna Tinetti: “What is the ‘standard model’ of planets?” A telescope to study the atmospheres of planets beyond our Solar System will be launched by the European Space Agency in the late 2020s. The mission, to be known as Ariel, was selected by the organisation’s Science […]

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Japanese basket pattern inspires new material

[ad_1] Image copyright Felice Frankel / Chelsea Turner Image caption Artwork: the kagome metal is an electrically conducting crystal, made from layers of iron and tin atoms Researchers have produced a metal with exotic electrical properties by mimicking a pattern from Japanese basket-weaving. Kagome baskets are characterised by a symmetrical pattern of interlaced, corner-sharing triangles; […]