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‘Super-sized’ mice threaten seabird colonies with extinction

‘Super-sized’ mice threaten seabird colonies with extinction

Image copyright Ben Dilley Image caption A Tristan albatross on Gough Island: Their future is now at risk Super-sized mice are killing millions of seabird chicks on a remote island in the South Atlantic, threatening some rare species with extinction. According to a study from the RSPB, the mice have learned to eat the eggs […]

Anti-plastic focus ‘dangerous distraction’ from climate change

Anti-plastic focus ‘dangerous distraction’ from climate change

Image copyright Riverford Organic Farmers Image caption Guy Singh-Watson’s company supplies organic vegetables to tens of thousands of homes each week. The anti-plastic “fervour” sweeping across the UK is weakening the fight against climate change, the founder of an organic food company has said. Guy Singh-Watson, a prominent green entrepreneur and campaigner, said more focus […]

Mission to Mercury: BepiColombo spacecraft ready for launch

Mission to Mercury: BepiColombo spacecraft ready for launch

Image copyright ESA Image caption The BepiColombo spacecraft will take seven years to get to Mercury Europe and Japan are set to launch their joint mission to Mercury, the planet closest to the Sun. The partners have each contributed a probe to be despatched on an Ariane rocket from French Guiana. The duo, together known […]

Jurassic-era piranha is world’s earliest flesh-eating fish

Jurassic-era piranha is world’s earliest flesh-eating fish

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hollywood has rather overstated the reputation of today’s piranhas Scientists have unearthed the fossilised remains of a piranha-like species that they say is the earliest known example of a flesh-eating fish. This bony creature, found in South Germany, lived about 150 million years ago and had the distinctive sharp […]

Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Gazing monkeys image wins

Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Gazing monkeys image wins

Image copyright Marsel van Oosten / WPY Two snub-nosed monkeys are pictured resting on a stone and staring intently into the distance. What are they looking at, and what are they thinking? It turns out they are watching a big barney between members of their troop. This image of apparent serenity versus commotion is the […]

A long walk: New insight into history of dogs and humans

A long walk: New insight into history of dogs and humans

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Dogs have been going on walkies for a very long time Dogs were part of a key moment in human history – when our ancestors began trying their hand at farming. As the first farmers moved out of the Middle East, herding animals such as sheep and goats, dogs […]

Ian Kiernan: The man who wanted to clean up the world

Ian Kiernan: The man who wanted to clean up the world

Image copyright Fairfax Media/Getty Images Image caption Ian Kiernan founded a global anti-litter campaign Prominent environmentalist Ian Kiernan, the founder of an iconic Australian anti-litter campaign that expanded into a global success, has died aged 78. The round-the-world yachtsman began the Clean Up Australia and Clean Up the World campaigns after being appalled by levels […]

The ‘ugly duckling’ fossil from the deep

The ‘ugly duckling’ fossil from the deep

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mosasaurs were huge carnivores that swam 66 million to 80 million years ago The mosasaurs recently took a star turn in the Jurassic World movie, showing off the Hollywood version of their fearsome jaws. Now an “ugly duckling” from 85 million years ago is shedding new light on the […]

Bloodhound supersonic car hits financial roadblock

Bloodhound supersonic car hits financial roadblock

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The car is essentially built; it just needs funding to go and set records The project to race a car at over 1,000mph has run into a financial roadblock with the company behind the venture going into administration. The Bloodhound supersonic vehicle is all but built but needs a […]

Story of unsung gardener revealed after appeal on BBC

Story of unsung gardener revealed after appeal on BBC

Image copyright RHS Lindley Collections Image caption Olive with her son, John, in a garden The story first came to light in a box of archives held by the Royal Horticultural Society. The mysterious Miss Harrisson had come top in exams on the principles of horticulture – but wasn’t allowed to claim her prize of […]

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