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Wolves return to Netherlands after 140 years

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption This wolf was photographed in a wildlife park in Germany. But wild German wolves have been crossing the border into the Netherlands The Netherlands has its first resident wolf population in 140 years, according to ecologists. Wolves were hunted out of many European countries over a century ago but have gradually been migrating back across the continental mainland. Occasional wolf sightings have been made
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Climate change: European team to drill for ‘oldest ice’ in Antarctica

[ad_1] Image copyright Laurent AUGUSTIN/CNRS Image caption The original EPICA project drilled an 800,000-year-old ice core between 1996 and 2005 An ambitious project to retrieve a continuous record of Earth's atmosphere and climate stretching back 1.5 million years is officially "go".A European consortium will head to Antarctica in December to begin the process of drilling deep into the continent's eastern ice sheet.The group's aim is to pull up a frozen
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Satellites used to protect endangered sharks

[ad_1] Image copyright David Curnick, ZSL Satellites scanning the oceans are a valuable new tool to protect sharks, according to scientists.A review of evidence suggests endangered sharks can be protected from threats such as illegal fishing, using the technology.Whales, turtles and birds are already being monitored from space, raising hopes that the technique can be applied in the conservation of other species.Many sharks are on the brink of extinction. Populations
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UK’s Sabre space plane engine tech in new milestone

[ad_1] Image copyright Reaction Engines LTD Image caption For this round of testing, REL built a bespoke facility in the US UK engineers developing a novel propulsion system say their technology has passed another key milestone.The Sabre air-breathing rocket engine is designed to drive space planes to orbit and take airliners around the world in just a few hours.To work, it needs to manage very high temperature airflows, and the
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What are the effects of air pollution?

[ad_1] Air pollution is everything from the gases produced from burning fuels to the very fine particles that come from damage to brake pads, wear and tear on the roads, building sites and general dust.Research shows gases like nitrogen dioxide and tiny particles, known as particulate matter or PM, can reach deep into the body with the danger of causing lasting damage.The most obvious effects are on our breathing: increasing
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Dinosaur skin impression goes on show at Tring museum

[ad_1] Image copyright Natural History Museum Image caption Evidence such as skin imprints are important because they give "better, more precise ideas about the actual biology" of the animals, the museum said A dinosaur skin impression found 150 years ago has gone on display for what is believed to be the first time.The fossilised haestasaurus imprint is among 15 dinosaur specimens at the Natural History Museum in Tring, Hertfordshire.Many of
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UK scientists discover world’s tallest tropical tree

[ad_1] Image copyright Unding Jami Image caption The university said the tree is longer than a standard football pitch Scientists in the UK and Malaysia say they have discovered the world's tallest tropical tree measuring more than 100m (328ft) high. The lofty yellow meranti was spotted in a Borneo rainforest by a team from the University of Nottingham last year. Researchers from the University of Oxford then carried out 3D
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Antarctic: No role for climate in Halley iceberg splitting

[ad_1] Image copyright Jan De Rydt Image caption The Brunt Ice Shelf is between 150m and 250m thick When a giant iceberg breaks away from near Britain's Halley research base, it won't be because of climate change.Scientists Jan De Rydt and Hilmar Gudmundsson have spent years studying the area and say the calving will be the result of natural processes only.The Antarctic station, which sits on a floating platform of