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Gannet bonanza on Yorkshire cliffs

Gannet bonanza on Yorkshire cliffs

Image copyright PA Image caption These gannets are pictured on Bass Rock A gannet bonanza has been confirmed on the towering cliffs of Yorkshire by research from the RSPB. A survey shows the cliffs around Flamborough Head and Filey are home to 412,000 seabirds including gannets, puffins and razor bills. Since 2000, the number of […]

Butterfly numbers facing ‘vital’ period – Sir David Attenborough

Butterfly numbers facing ‘vital’ period – Sir David Attenborough

Image copyright Butterfly Conservation Image caption Butterfly Conservation says many UK species are declining in numbers Butterflies in the UK are facing “a vital” period following a worrying decline in their numbers, naturalist Sir David Attenborough has warned. The TV broadcaster said some of the UK’s most common species have suffered “significant declines” in recent […]

Record number of environmental activists killed around the world

Record number of environmental activists killed around the world

Image copyright Rafael Rios Image caption Colombia was one of the most challenging countries for environmental activists in 2016 Growing competition for land and natural resources saw a record number of environmental activists killed in 2016, says Global Witness. The green group’s report details at least 200 murders across 24 countries, up significantly from 2015. […]

Blue whale takes centre-stage at Natural History Museum

Blue whale takes centre-stage at Natural History Museum

Image copyright NHM Image caption The skeleton has been given a diving pose – as if it is feeding on a ball of krill London’s Natural History Museum (NHM) has undergone a major revamp with a blue whale skeleton now forming the main exhibit as visitors come through the front door. The marine mammal replaces […]

‘Make new rules’ to save the oceans

‘Make new rules’ to save the oceans

Image copyright GEORGETTE DOUWMA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY New rules are urgently needed to protect the open seas, scientists have warned. A report to a UN ocean conference in New York points out that more than 60% of the ocean has no rules because it’s outside national jurisdiction. It says the open ocean is at risk from […]

Lark or night owl? Blame your ancestors

Lark or night owl? Blame your ancestors

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The Hadza people live near Lake Eyasi in northern Tanzania Our ancestors could be to blame for the wide variety of human sleeping habits, from larks to night owls. Staggered sleeping patterns would have been an advantage in the distant past, when we lived in groups and needed […]

Big cash boost for UK satellite sector

Big cash boost for UK satellite sector

Image copyright RAL SPACE Image caption The Harwell campus has long built and tested space instrumentation The UK government formally announced a more-than-£100m investment in the space sector on Tuesday. It is putting £99m into the Harwell science campus near Oxford to extend its satellite test facilities. A further £4m is going to Wescott in […]

Can a robot help solve the Atlantic’s lionfish problem?

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Fusion energy pushed back beyond 2050

Fusion energy pushed back beyond 2050

Image copyright Iter Image caption Artwork: DEMO should open the way for the industrial and commercial use of nuclear fusion We will have to wait until the second half of the century for fusion reactors to start generating electricity, experts have announced. A new version of a European “road map” lays out the technological hurdles […]

Galaxy Zoo: Citizen science trailblazer marks tenth birthday

Galaxy Zoo: Citizen science trailblazer marks tenth birthday

Image copyright NASA, ESA, W Keel (Uni Alabama), Galaxy Zoo Image caption Hanny’s Voorwerp was a type of astronomical object entirely unknown to science at the time Galaxy Zoo began with a call for volunteers to help classify distant galaxies in space telescope images. The collaborative project made spectacular discoveries, spawning a family of similar […]