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‘Conservation successes’ bring hope for mountain gorilla

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mountain gorilla: From critically endangered to endangered Conservation efforts appear to be paying off for some of the world’s most charismatic animals, according to new assessments for the extinction Red List. Prospects look better for the mountain gorilla, after years of conservation measures, including anti-poaching and veterinary patrols. And […]

South Pole: Rock ‘hotspot’ causes ice sheet to sag

Image copyright TOM JORDAN Image caption The British Antarctic Survey flew one of its planes back and forth across the pole A “hotspot” is melting the base of the Antarctic Ice Sheet at the South Pole. The area affected is three times that of Greater London. Scientists suspect a combination of unusually radioactive rocks and […]

Climate change: Heatwaves ‘halve’ male insect fertility

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Beetles represent the largest insect group Heatwaves can damage the sperm of insects and make them almost sterile, according to new research. Scientists exposed beetles to experimental heatwaves in the laboratory, which resulted in reduced male fertility. The effects could be passed down to the beetles’ offspring. Further work […]

Badger culling has ‘modest’ effect in cutting cattle TB

Badger culling has ‘modest’ effect in cutting cattle TB

The ‘painted wolves’ of Zimbabwe

Image copyright ©Nicholas Dyer Image caption Staring competition: Painted wolves, or African wild dogs, do everything as a group – even facing up to a hyena They are stunning; there’s no question. And the name, “painted wolves”, seems so apt. Their dappled tan and black fur, shot through with flashes of white, dazzles in the […]

EU moves to protect large carnivores

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Populations of brown bears have increased in many parts of Europe The EU is to allow farmers to receive full compensation for any damages caused by attacks from protected animals like lynxes, wolves and bears. Other expenses including installing electric fences or acquiring guard dogs to prevent damage will […]

ExoMars: Life-detecting robot to be sent to Oxia Planum

Image copyright AIRBUS Image caption ExoMars: A copy of the rover undergoing testing The robot rover that Europe and Russia will send to Mars in 2020 will be targeted at a near-equatorial site on the Red Planet known as Oxia Planum. The area was recommended by an expert panel meeting at Leicester University. Oxia is […]

ExoMars: Where to send Europe’s robot rover?

Image copyright AIRBUS Image caption ExoMars: A copy of the rover undergoing testing Scientists and engineers are to meet in Leicester to choose a landing site on Mars for Europe’s 2020 rover. The six-wheeled robot will be targeted at one of two near-equatorial terrains on the Red Planet. The ExoMars Site Selection Working Group must […]

Northern white rhino: New hopes for IVF rescue

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sudan was the last of his kind A new study raises hopes of saving one of the last animals of its kind. A victim of poaching, the northern white rhino population has been reduced to just two females, which are both unable to breed. DNA evidence shows the rhino […]

Metop weather satellite launches into orbit

Image copyright ESA Image caption Artwork: The Metop satellites circle the globe probing the state of the atmosphere Europe has launched a front-line weather satellite into orbit that has components that are over a decade old. The Metop-C spacecraft took off from French Guiana late on Tuesday local time, and will circle the globe, gathering […]

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