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Prehistoric frogs in amber surface after 99 million years

Prehistoric frogs in amber surface after 99 million years

Image copyright Lida Xing Image caption The frogs are tiny, at about 2cm in length Frogs trapped in amber for 99 million years are giving a glimpse of a lost world. The tiny creatures have been preserved in sticky tree resin since the end of the Age of the Dinosaurs. The four fossils give a […]

Stephen Hawking’s memorial service to be held at Westminster Abbey

Stephen Hawking’s memorial service to be held at Westminster Abbey

Image caption The physicist was a fellow at Cambridge University for more than 50 years A memorial service for renowned physicist Professor Stephen Hawking is due to be held at Westminster Abbey. During the ceremony his ashes will be buried alongside other great scientists like Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton. The service on Friday will […]

Antarctica loses three trillion tonnes of ice in 25 years

Antarctica loses three trillion tonnes of ice in 25 years

Media captionFour things you should know about Antarctica Antarctica is shedding ice at an accelerating rate. Satellites monitoring the state of the White Continent indicate some 200 billion tonnes a year are now being lost to the ocean as a result of melting. This is pushing up global sea levels by 0.6mm annually – a […]

Mars Opportunity: Rover ‘should ride out storm’

Image copyright NASA Image caption Artwork: The Opportunity rover landed in January 2004 The American space agency says it is concerned but hopeful that its veteran robot rover on Mars can survive a big dust storm on the planet. The 15-year-old vehicle, known as Opportunity, has gone into an emergency mode because there is not […]

UK rebuffed over Galileo sat-nav procurement

UK rebuffed over Galileo sat-nav procurement

Image copyright OHB Image caption Artist’s impression: There are currently 22 Galileo satellites in orbit The UK space industry, fighting to be part of the European satellite-navigation system, Galileo, has suffered another Brexit setback. Delegations to the European Space Agency have approved the procurement of the next batch of spacecraft, despite British calls to delay. […]

One in five British mammals at risk of extinction

One in five British mammals at risk of extinction

Image copyright PA Image caption The red squirrel has been put on the first “red list” for UK wild mammals The red squirrel, the wildcat, and the grey long-eared bat are all facing severe threats to their survival, according to new research. They are among 12 species that have been put on the first “red […]

One in five UK mammals at risk of extinction

One in five UK mammals at risk of extinction

Image copyright PA Image caption The red squirrel has been put on the first “red list” for UK wild mammals The red squirrel, the wildcat, and the grey long-eared bat are all facing severe threats to their survival, according to new research. They are among 12 species that have been put on the first “red […]

How many animals are born in the world every day?

How many animals are born in the world every day?

Image copyright AFP Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it – well, maybe they don’t fall in love but they do procreate, so can we estimate how many animals are born every day across the world? That was the question posed by a listener to the BBC’s More or Less programme, […]

Could an emoji save your life?

Could an emoji save your life?

Image copyright Getty Images Emoji might not be your first line of communication in a disaster… But researchers feel they could make a difference during emergencies like earthquakes, where every second counts. Now, an international group of scientists are lobbying for an earthquake emoji to be added to the Unicode set – the standard group […]

Nobel laureate joins another exclusive club

Nobel laureate joins another exclusive club

Image copyright MRC Image caption Dr Henderson is affiliated to the famous Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge A UK molecular biologist who shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2017 is to join another elite grouping. Dr Richard Henderson has been made a Companion of Honour in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. The order is […]