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Watched chimps change their hunting habits

Watched chimps change their hunting habits

Media captionNew insight into development of chimp hunting habits Chimpanzees in Uganda may have changed their hunting strategy in response to being watched by scientists. While studying the animals, researchers documented very different hunting habits of two closely neighbouring chimp “tribes”. “Sonso” chimps hunt in small groups for colobus monkeys, while those from the “Waibira” […]

Whale body size warning for species collapses

Whale body size warning for species collapses

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Sperm whales showed the biggest declines in body size from 1905 to 1985 The shrinking size of whales over the 20th Century could help scientists detect when wildlife populations are in trouble, a study suggests. The analysis shows that the average body size of four whale species declined […]

India genome plan could boost healthcare

India genome plan could boost healthcare

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Global Gene Corp wants data from people in under-represented regions, starting with South Asia Could an effort to gather genetic data from its population of one billion people help India take the lead in advanced healthcare? India is the land of inventors and industry, spices and spirituality – and […]

Queen’s Speech: Plan aims to secure space sector

Queen’s Speech: Plan aims to secure space sector

Image copyright Orbital Access Image caption Artwork: A number of companies are looking to develop low-cost air-launch systems A government plan to secure growth in the UK’s £13.7bn space industry is laid out in the Queen’s Speech. The stated purpose of the new Bill is to make the UK the most attractive place in Europe […]

Europe selects grand gravity mission

Europe selects grand gravity mission

Image copyright Airbus DS Image caption Artwork: LISA envisages three spacecraft linked by laser arms that are 2.5 million km in length It is set to be one of the major science projects of the 2030s. The European Space Agency has just given the green light to the LISA mission to detect gravitational waves. This […]

Hawking urges Moon landing to ‘elevate humanity’

Hawking urges Moon landing to ‘elevate humanity’

Image copyright BBC/Richard Ansett Image caption Prof Hawking says: “If humanity is to continue for another million years, our future lies in boldly going where no one else has gone before.” Prof Stephen Hawking has called for leading nations to send astronauts to the Moon by 2020. They should also aim to build a lunar […]

Why suitcases rock and fall over – puzzle solved

Why suitcases rock and fall over – puzzle solved

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Speeding up, rather than slowing down, may prevent the suitcase flipping over It’s a common experience when dashing for a train or plane while lugging a two-wheeled suitcase. The bag rocks alarmingly from side-to-side and threatens to overturn. Now, scientists have investigated this conundrum of everyday physics. Speeding up […]

Volcanoes ‘triggered dawn of dinosaurs’

Volcanoes ‘triggered dawn of dinosaurs’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Scientists say intense eruptions took place 200 million years ago A million-year-long period of extreme volcanic activity most likely paved the way for the dawn of the dinosaurs, a study suggests. Scientists have analysed ancient rocks and have found traces of emissions from huge volcanic eruptions that happened […]

How cats conquered the ancient world

How cats conquered the ancient world

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The tabby is prized for its beauty The domestic cat is descended from wild cats that were tamed twice – in the Near East and then Egypt, according to the largest study of its kind. Farmers in the Near East were probably the first people to successfully tame wild […]

Scientists fear new EU rules may ‘hide’ forest carbon loss

Scientists fear new EU rules may ‘hide’ forest carbon loss

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Trees are said to absorb about 10% of Europe’s carbon emissions every year Leading researchers have condemned attempts to change the way carbon from trees will be counted in Europe. The scientists fear that millions of tonnes of CO2 from forests will disappear from the books if the changes […]

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