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Foam pollution kills fish in River Great Ouse

Image copyright Environment Agency Image caption The foam was spotted in the River Great Ouse in Brackley and travelled downstream o Buckingham More than 2,000 fish have died after pollution left a river looking like a bubble bath. The foam was first spotted in the River Great Ouse in Brackley, Northamptonshire on Friday, 29 June […]

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Embryo breakthrough 'can save northern white rhino'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The last male northern white rhino died in March 2018 The seemingly “disastrous” story of the world’s most endangered mammal – the northern white rhino – could be rewritten by IVF, scientists claim. They used the method to produce rhino embryos with sperm from two dead males. The embryos […]

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Revolution in quake detection technology

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Fibre optic cables are widely used for communications Earthquakes may now become easier to detect than ever before, with the aid of developing technology. Researchers in Iceland have successfully used an existing fibre-optic communications cable to assess seismic activity. Such cables are laid beneath the ground in countries […]

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Lost history of brown bears in Britain revealed

Image copyright Hannah O’Regan Image caption The jaw of a bear from Foxhole Cave, Derbyshire A new study reveals the hidden history of brown bears in Britain, suggesting they still roamed wild 1,500 years ago. The research raises two scenarios. Either “native bears” went extinct around the early Middle Ages, or they disappeared some 3,000 […]

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Exomoons: on the hunt for distant worlds

Image copyright Grace Elizabeth Harrison Image caption Artist’s impression: An exomoon orbits a distant planet The search for exoplanets, which orbit distant stars, has opened up a whole galaxy of worlds beyond our own. Over 3,700 have been discovered to date, but they may have companions. Since the first confirmed discovery of planets beyond our […]

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Court action to save young from climate bill

Image copyright Plan B Image caption Plan B during a preliminary court hearing An activist group hopes to sue the UK government over climate change, arguing that it is discriminating against the young by failing to cut emissions fast enough. The campaigners – known collectively as Plan B – argue that if the UK postpones […]

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Newborn planet pictured for first time

Image copyright ESO / A. Müller et al. Image caption The planet is visible to the right of its star, which has been obscured Astronomers have captured this image of a planet that’s still forming in the disk of gas and dust around its star. Researchers have long been on the hunt for a baby […]

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Fish rescued as River Teme dries up

The Environment Agency has rescued more than 130 trout and salmon from the River Teme in north Herefordshire, after baking hot weather saw water levels plummet. Agency staff have been passing electrical currents through the water to stun the fish, before moving them downstream to deeper waters. Source link