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Australia joins space radar mission

Australia joins space radar mission

Image copyright AIRBUS DS Image caption Radar satellites traditionally are much bigger and much heavier Australia is to be the third launch partner on the UK’s innovative new small radar satellite, NovaSAR. The spacecraft, which will track shipping and forestry change from orbit, is due to go up around the end of the year, possibly […]

Panda’s habitat ‘shrinking and becoming more fragmented’

Panda’s habitat ‘shrinking and becoming more fragmented’

Image copyright BinBin Li Image caption The giant panda has evolved to live on a diet of bamboo Despite signs that numbers of giant pandas are rising, suitable habitat has shrunk, according to satellite data. The forests where the panda lives are in worse shape than in 1988, when it was first listed as endangered, […]

Big Antarctic iceberg edges out to sea

Big Antarctic iceberg edges out to sea

Image copyright Copernicus Sentinel data (2017) Image caption Widening gap: The picture contains data gathered on 13 and 16 September The giant berg A-68 looks finally to be on the move. Recent weeks have seen it shuffle back and forth next to the Antarctic ice shelf from which it broke away. But the latest satellite […]

Birds ‘churring’ is a sign isles’ shipwreck rats dying out

Birds ‘churring’ is a sign isles’ shipwreck rats dying out

Image copyright JJM/Geograph Image caption The Shiant Islands could be declared free of non-native black rats next year The calls of a small seabird have been recorded for the first time on a group of islands in The Minch. Conservationists hope the sound of storm petrels’ “churring” is an indication that an effort to eradicate […]

Neanderthal brains ‘grew more slowly’

Neanderthal brains ‘grew more slowly’

Image copyright Joan Costa Image caption The skeleton of a boy that shattered our view of Neanderthal brain development A new study shows that Neanderthal brains developed more slowly than ours. An analysis of a Neanderthal child’s skeleton suggests that its brain was still developing at a time when the brains of modern human children […]

Plant-eating dinosaurs ‘strayed from veggie diet’

Plant-eating dinosaurs ‘strayed from veggie diet’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Duck-billed dinosaurs may have been tempted away from a vegetarian diet The idea of plant-eating dinosaurs having a strict vegetarian diet has been called into question. New evidence suggests that some dinosaurs snacked on shellfish and insects as well as plant food. A study of fossilised droppings indicates […]

UK strikes research deal with US in run-up to Brexit

UK strikes research deal with US in run-up to Brexit

Image copyright Fredex8 The UK and US have reached a deal to develop a special relationship for science. An agreement between the two countries aims to make it easier for researchers to travel, collaborate and share facilities. US science bodies are said to be “eager” to take advantage of research opportunities lost because of Brexit. […]

Owls hold secret to ageless ears

Owls hold secret to ageless ears

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Barn owls rely on their hearing to hunt Barn owls keep their acute sense of hearing into old age, scientists have discovered. Previously, starlings have been found to have this ability, suggesting birds are protected from age-related hearing loss. Understanding more about the “ageless ears” of barn owls could […]

Neolithic Orkney rivalries detailed in new study

Neolithic Orkney rivalries detailed in new study

Image copyright Colin Richards / UHI Image caption Ring of Brodgar is a famous Orkney site Rivalries in Orkney more than 4,500 years ago led to competition between communities including over how people were buried, according to new research. Scientists were able to gather much more precise estimates of the timing and duration of events […]

Paris climate aim ‘still achievable’

Paris climate aim ‘still achievable’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Renewable energy in Nicaragua The 2015 Paris agreement’s ambitious goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C remains within reach, a study suggests. The study is one of several to address the “carbon budget”, which – among other things – determines how much CO2 the planet can emit and still reach […]

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