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Mars rover hopes to grab a piece of history

Image caption Adam Camilletti hopes to win a contract from Esa next year to take the design to the next level British engineers have begun testing technologies that will be needed to bring samples of Martian rock to Earth. The Airbus team is training a prototype rover to recognise and pick up small cylinders off […]

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Climate change is causing birds to shrink, study says

Image copyright The Field MuseumImage caption The researchers analysed 52 different species of migratory birds As the climate warms, birds are shrinking and their wingspans are growing, according to a new study. Researchers analysed 70,716 specimens from 52 North American migratory bird species collected over 40 years. The birds had died after colliding with buildings […]

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‘Forgotten’ elm tree set to make a comeback

Image copyright Karen RussellImage caption The mighty elm once dominated the skyline The elm tree can return to the British countryside, given a helping hand, according to a new report. More than 20 million trees died during the 1960s and 1970s from Dutch elm disease. In the aftermath, the elm was largely forgotten, except among […]

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Artificial neurons developed to fight disease

Image copyright University of Bath Scientists have made artificial nerve cells, paving the way for new ways to repair the human body. The tiny “brain chips” behave like the real thing and could one day be used to treat diseases such as Alzheimer’s. A team from the University of Bath used a combination of maths, […]

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Greta Thunberg: People underestimate ‘angry kids’

Image copyright AFPImage caption Ms Thunberg has spent more than two weeks crossing the Atlantic in a catamaran Climate activist Greta Thunberg said that adults should stop making young people “angry” over global warming. Ms Thunberg was speaking after her arrival in Lisbon, Portugal, after a two-weeks-plus journey across the Atlantic from her starting point […]

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Image of Madagascan snake wins 2019 British Ecological Society photography competition

The British Ecological Society has announced the winners of its annual photography competition, with first place going to an image of a Malagasy tree boa. Image copyright Roberto Garcia Roa Winning photographer Roberto Garcia Roa said: “Unfortunately, many areas of Madagascar are suffering huge anthropic pressures, including poaching and fires, and big snakes are becoming […]