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Design call for 'solar sentinel' mission

Image copyright ESA Image caption Lagrange would track the “fist” heading towards Earth from the side UK scientists and engineers will play a leading role in developing a satellite that can warn if Earth is about to be hit by damaging solar storms. The European Space Agency has requested studies be undertaken to design the […]

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Polar bears captured on collar cams

High-tech tracking collars on nine female polar bears have measured the animals’ efforts to find food on the diminishing Arctic ice. In Spring of 2014, 2015, and 2016, Anthony Pagano, a researcher at the University of California Santa Cruz and his colleagues, set out to track the polar bears’ hunting and survival during this critical […]

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Polar bears 'running out of food'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWatch: Collar cams reveal polar bear’s-eye view High-tech collar tracking collars on nine female polar bears have measured the animals’ efforts to find food on the diminishing Arctic ice. The collars recorded video, locations and activity levels over 11 days, while metabolic tracers allowed scientists to work […]

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Genetic secret of English salmon

Image copyright Sam Billington, Environment Agency Image caption Chalk-stream salmon look the same as other salmon but their genes tell a different story The salmon from the chalk streams of southern England appear to be genetically distinct from others. Evidence published in the Journal of Fish Biology suggests they may be a separate sub-species of […]

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Dying in agony

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAre we missing the real opioid drug crisis? While the US suffers a much discussed overdose epidemic, less attention is paid to the fact that much of the rest of the world misses out on vital painkillers such as morphine. On a chilly autumn morning in Washington […]

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Luxembourg PM watches GovSat-1 space launch

Image copyright SpaceX Image caption SpaceX used one of its “recycled” Falcon 9s to loft GovSat-1 Luxembourg’s Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel, has just watched one of his country’s satellites go into orbit. He was at Cape Canaveral, Florida, to see the launch of GovSat-1, which will be providing telecommunications services to the military and institutional […]

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Hong Kong bans ivory trade in 'historic' vote

Image copyright SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images Image caption The ivory trade will now be phased out in Hong Kong by 2021 Hong Kong’s lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to ban the trade in ivory, in a move campaigners described as “a lifeline for elephants”. A similar ban was brought in across mainland China earlier this year. Ivory […]