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Nasa removes US astronaut from ISS mission

Nasa removes US astronaut from ISS mission

Image copyright NASA The US astronaut Jeanette Epps has been removed from her upcoming mission to the International Space Station (ISS) just months before launch. Dr Epps was to have been the first African-American astronaut assigned to the space station crew. She would have flown aboard a Russian Soyuz flight in June but is being […]

Hope for threatened ‘little tiger cat’

Hope for threatened ‘little tiger cat’

Image copyright Jerry Laker Image caption Güiñas are considered pests by some people as they can steal chickens It’s the smallest cat in the Americas, occupying the smallest area of land. Listed as vulnerable to extinction, the güiña wildcat of Chile has lost much of its natural home as forests are chopped down or converted […]

Scapa Flow microplastics levels ‘similar to Forth and Clyde’

Scapa Flow microplastics levels ‘similar to Forth and Clyde’

Image caption Orkney beaches were used for the study Scientists have found levels of microplastic pollution on beaches around Scapa Flow in Orkney are similar to those in industrialised areas like the Forth and Clyde. Researchers at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh took more than 100 sediment samples from 13 beaches on Hoy and the Orkney […]

2017 ‘warmest year without El Niño’

2017 ‘warmest year without El Niño’

Image copyright Getty Images Manmade climate change is now dwarfing the influence of natural trends on the climate, scientists say. Last year was the second or third hottest year on record – after 2016 and on a par with 2015, the data shows. But those two years were affected by El Niño – the natural […]

Mystery deepens over mass die-off of antelopes

Mystery deepens over mass die-off of antelopes

Image copyright Joint saiga health monitoring team, Kazakhstan Image caption Saigas died in large numbers across the Betpak-Dala region of Kazakhstan A mass die-off of wild antelopes in Kazakhstan was triggered by environmental factors, scientists believe. More than 200,000 saiga antelopes collapsed and died suddenly in 2015, wiping out most of the global population. The […]

Moustached monkey is separate species

Moustached monkey is separate species

Image copyright Global Wildlife Conservation Image caption The Blue Nile patas monkey is found in parts of Ethiopia and Sudan A monkey from Ethiopia and Sudan with a “handlebar moustache” has been identified as a distinct species. Scientists took a fresh look at the distribution and physical appearance of patas monkeys in Ethiopia, confirming there […]

ICEYE’s ‘suitcase space radar’ returns first image

ICEYE’s ‘suitcase space radar’ returns first image

Image caption The image shows a segment of Noatak National Preserve in Alaska Finnish start-up ICEYE has released a “first light” image from its novel radar satellite, which was launched to orbit last Friday. The picture depicts a region of Alaska incorporating Noatak National Preserve. ICEYE is taking a radical new approach to satellite radar, […]

Most new cars must be electric by 2030, ministers told

Most new cars must be electric by 2030, ministers told

Media captionTheresa May: A plan to ‘nurture’ environment Three-fifths of new cars must be electric by 2030 to meet greenhouse gas targets, ministers have been warned. Homes also need to be built to a higher standard, the Committee on Climate Change – the official watchdog – says. The government says the UK is cutting emissions […]

Dolphin diet study gives conservation clues

Dolphin diet study gives conservation clues

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Wild bottlenose dolphin swimming off Florida Wild dolphins need up to 33,000 calories a day, researchers have found – equivalent to about 60 portions of salmon. In contrast, Olympic swimmers – who are smaller and less active – burn about 12,000 calories a day during training. Studying the metabolic […]

Hubble scores unique close-up view of distant galaxy

Hubble scores unique close-up view of distant galaxy

Image copyright NASA/Esa/B. Salmon (StScI) Image caption Ancient galaxies usually appear as tiny red dots to powerful telescopes The Hubble telescope has bagged an unprecedented close-up view of one of the Universe’s oldest known galaxies. Astronomers were lucky when the orbiting observatory captured the image of a galaxy that existed just 500 million years after […]

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