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Whale stranding in New Zealand leaves 145 dead

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAlmost 150 whales die in mass stranding A group of up to 145 pilot whales have died after becoming stranded on a beach on Stewart Island in New Zealand. The animals were discovered by walkers late on Saturday, strewn along the beach of Mason Bay.Authorities said half the whales had already died by then, while the other half were put down
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Nasa’s Mars InSight mission heads for ‘7 minutes of terror’

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNasa Mars InSight lander mission to teach us more about Earth The American space agency Nasa will attempt to put another robotic probe on Mars later. The InSight lander is being targeted at a flat plain just north of the planet's equator called Elysium Planitia. It carries a suite of instruments - many of them from Europe - to try to
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Tossing dead salmon is good for plants

[ad_1] Image copyright Dan Dinicola Image caption For more than 20 years, students in a small corner of north-west US have been tossing dead fish Never mind silver bells and cockleshells, Mary should have tossed dead fish to help her garden grown.A team of US researchers has found that sockeye salmon carcasses has helped boost tree growth by up to 20%.Over a 20-year period, students from the University of Washington
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InSight Diary: The silence of space

[ad_1] Image copyright NASA Image caption The InSight probe is set to touch down on the surface of Mars on Monday Prof Tom Pike from Imperial College London is part of the science team on the US-led InSight mission to Mars. His group has supplied tiny seismometers that will enable the Nasa lander to detect "Marsquakes", which should reveal the internal structure of the Red Planet. Here, Prof Pike tells
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Amazon rainforest deforestation ‘worst in 10 years’, says Brazil

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption The government blamed illegal logging for the rise Deforestation of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil has hit its highest rate in a decade, according to official data.About 7,900 square kilometres (3,500 sq m) of the world's largest rainforest was destroyed between August 2017 and July 2018, a 13.7% rise over last year.Environment minister Edson Duarte blamed a surge in illegal logging for the increase.The
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Climate change: Report warns of growing impact on US life

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption The report warns that the frequency of wildfires could increase if climate change is unchecked Unchecked climate change will cost the US hundreds of billions of dollars and damage human health and quality of life, a US government report warns."Future risks from climate change depend... on decisions made today," the 4th National Climate Assessment says.The report says climate change is "presenting growing challenges to
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NovaSAR: UK radar satellite returns first images

[ad_1] Image copyright SSTL Image caption Sydney Harbour: The famous bridge and opera house captured at night Sydney Harbour and the Egyptian pyramids feature in the debut images from the first all-UK radar spacecraft. NovaSAR was developed jointly by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited of Guildford and Airbus in Portsmouth, and launched to orbit in September. Its pictures are now being assessed for use in diverse roles, including crop analysis, flood