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US Space Force launches first mission

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionUS Space Force launches first national security mission The US military’s newest branch has launched its first satellite, despite a short delay in the countdown. A rocket carrying a US Space Force communications satellite lifted off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Thursday. An inaccurate […]

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Neanderthals ate sharks and dolphins

Image copyright Joao ZilhãoImage caption There is evidence of the intensive and long-term exploitation of marine food resources at Figueira Brava Neanderthals were eating fish, mussels and seals at a site in present-day Portugal, according to a new study. The research adds to mounting evidence that our evolutionary relatives may have relied on the sea […]

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Coronavirus: Pangolins found to carry related viruses

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption A trafficked pangolin in Kuala Lumpur: The animal is a suspect in the outbreak Smuggled pangolins have been found to carry viruses closely related to the one sweeping the world. Scientists say the sale of the animals in wildlife markets should be strictly prohibited to minimise the risk of future […]

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Climate change: Green energy plant threat to wilderness areas

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption All over Europe, renewable installations are often located in protected areas Wind, solar and hydro power installations pose a growing threat to key conservation areas, say researchers. Researchers found that over 2,200 green energy plants have been built within the boundaries of the Earth’s remaining wilderness. They say that around […]

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Fossil worm shows us our evolutionary beginnings

Image copyright SOHAIL WASIF/UCRImage caption Artist’s rendering of Ikaria wariootia. It would have lived on the seafloor A worm-like creature that burrowed on the seafloor more than 500 million years ago may be key to the evolution of much of the animal kingdom. The organism, about the size of a grain of rice, is described […]

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Mammal study explains ‘why females live longer’

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Male bighorn sheep are susceptible to local environmental factors in ways that females are not A new study that looks at lifespan in wild mammals shows that females live substantially longer than males. The research finds that, on average, females live 18.6% longer than males from the same species. This […]

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Antarctic seal photo wins top prize

The winners of a new wildlife photography competition have been announced, with a drone image of seals on an ice float earning the top prize. Image copyright Nature TTL / Florian Ledoux French photographer Florian Ledoux took the winning photo, entitled Above the Crabeater Seals, in Antarctica. “For me, it is very important to show […]