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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 […]

Black Death ‘spread by humans not rats’

Black Death ‘spread by humans not rats’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The bite of rat-borne fleas infected with the bubonic plague has been blamed for disease transmission during the medieval pandemic Rats were not to blame for the spread of plague during the Black Death, according to a study. The rodents and their fleas were thought to have spread […]

How flowering plants conquered the world

How flowering plants conquered the world

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Angiosperms produce flowers and fruits, which contain their seeds. Scientists think they have the answer to a puzzle that baffled even Charles Darwin: How flowers evolved and spread to become the dominant plants on Earth. Flowering plants, or angiosperms, make up about 90% of all living plant species, including […]

Female engineers set for success

Female engineers set for success

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The UK needs to produce thousands more engineers Fewer than one in 10 engineers in the UK are female – the lowest percentage in Europe, according to the Women’s Engineering Society. Latvia, Bulgaria and Cyprus lead with nearly 30%. Here, two pioneering female engineers at Oxford University explain what […]

UK satellite to make movies from space

UK satellite to make movies from space

Image copyright EARTH-i Image caption Artwork: Manufacturer SSTL calls it Carbonite-2, but Earth-i refers to the satellite as VividX2 A British satellite has gone into orbit on an Indian rocket to acquire full-colour, high-definition video of the surface of the Earth. The demonstrator is expected to pave the way for a series of at least […]

Citizen science bags five-planet haul

Citizen science bags five-planet haul

Image copyright NASA Image caption Artwork: The findings could shed light on the process by which planets form and then migrate within their systems A discovery by citizen scientists has led to the confirmation of a system of five planets orbiting a far-off star. Furthermore, the planets’ orbits are linked in a mathematical relationship called […]