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Young people urged for park-life views

Young people urged for park-life views

Image caption Research has shown parks have a positive impact on children’s physical, social and educational development Young people are being asked how important parks are to them and how they would like to see them improved. Charity Groundwork’s #GiveUsSpace campaign wants young people to voice their views on parks, which are under threat as […]

New safeguards agreed for world’s most trafficked mammal

New safeguards agreed for world’s most trafficked mammal

Image copyright Wendy Panaino Image caption Pangolins are found all over African and Asia but their numbers have plummeted because of illegal trade A little known species driven to the edge of extinction by poaching has gained extra protection at the Cites meeting in South Africa. Pangolins are slow moving, nocturnal creatures found across Asia […]

Total trade ban for Gibraltar’s monkeys agreed

Total trade ban for Gibraltar’s monkeys agreed

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The illegal trade in infant Barbary Macaques is threatening the species Europe’s only non-human primate, the Barbary Macaque, has gained the highest level of species protection at the Cites meeting in Johannesburg. While about 200 live safely on the Rock of Gibraltar, they are experiencing rapid decline in their […]

Grass food crops facing climate change challenge

Grass food crops facing climate change challenge

Image copyright J.Wiens Image caption The study suggests climate change is projected to occur “thousands of times faster” than grass species can adapt A study has highlighted the risk posed by projected climate change on the world’s ability to grow enough food. A US team of researchers found that forecasted shifts in climate by 2070 […]

Garden ponds ‘playing role’ in frog disease spread

Garden ponds ‘playing role’ in frog disease spread

Image copyright Lewis Campbell/ZSL Image caption Moving frogspawn or frogs between ponds may aid the spread of ranavirus Garden ponds are playing a role in the spread of deadly frog diseases across the UK, a study suggests. Ranaviruses can infect amphibians, reptiles and fish. In the UK, they have devastated common frog populations. This research […]

Materials programmed to shape shift

Media captionScientists have pre-programmed materials to transform their shape. Scientists have pre-programmed materials to change their shape over time. Previous shape-shifting materials have needed some external trigger to tell them to transform, like light or heat. Now, a US-based team has encoded a sequence of shape transformations into the very substance of a polymer, with […]

CITES species body rejects process for ivory sales

CITES species body rejects process for ivory sales

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption African elephants have suffered huge losses in the past 10 years due to poaching Delegates at the Cites meeting here in Johannesburg have defeated an attempt to set up a process to resume sales of ivory. Under discussion for eight years, the so-called Decision Making Mechanism was supported by […]

Elon Musk to outline Mars vision

Elon Musk to outline Mars vision

Image copyright AP Entrepreneur Elon Musk is about to outline his vision for establishing a human colony on Mars. Mr Musk, who founded private spaceflight company SpaceX, is speaking at a conference in Guadalajara, Mexico. He is expected to talk about the long-term technical solutions needed for the “creation of a permanent base” on the […]

First ‘three person baby’ born using new method

First ‘three person baby’ born using new method

Image copyright New Hope Fertility Centre Image caption Dr John Zhang holding the baby boy who was conceived thanks to the new technique that incorporates DNA from three people The world’s first baby has been born using a new “three person” fertility technique, New Scientist reveals. The five-month-old boy has the usual DNA from his […]

Proteins from ‘deep time’ found in ostrich eggshell

Proteins from ‘deep time’ found in ostrich eggshell

Image copyright SPL Scientists have found preserved proteins in 3.8-million-year-old ostrich eggshells from Africa. The researchers say these biological building blocks – bound into the eggshell – could provide genetic information up to 50 times older than any DNA. These proteins, the team said, had been protected because they had been “entrapped” in surface minerals. […]