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X-rays reveal complete dino skeleton

X-rays reveal complete dino skeleton

Image copyright Billy de Klerk Image caption Scanning the specimen might allow the scientists to reconstruct the dinosaur’s brain Scientists have used high-power X-rays to “see inside” an exquisite and complete dinosaur specimen. The skeleton belongs to a small, plant-eating dinosaur which lived 200 million years ago – at the beginning of the Jurassic Period. […]

Increasing ocean acidity could impact fish spawning

Increasing ocean acidity could impact fish spawning

Image copyright Natascia Tamburello Image caption Researchers say that the Ocellated Wrasse is likely to be impacted by the increasing acidity of the oceans A new study suggests that the increasing acidification of the oceans is likely to interfere with the ability of fish to reproduce. Researchers found that elevated levels of CO2, which make […]

Orangutan ‘copies human speech’

Orangutan ‘copies human speech’

Image copyright Mark Kaser Image caption Rocky, then eight, was studied in 2012 at Indianapolis Zoo in the USA, where he still lives An orangutan copying sounds made by researchers offers new clues to how human speech evolved, scientists say. Rocky mimicked more than 500 vowel-like noises, suggesting an ability to control his voice and […]

Dolly the sheep’s siblings ‘healthy’

Media captionProf Kevin Sinclair: “These animals are perfectly normal for their age” Dolly the sheep’s “siblings” are generally healthy, a study has shown, providing hope that cloning can yield animals free from degenerative illness. The first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell – Dolly – died at the relatively young age of 6.5 […]

Dolly the sheep’s siblings ‘healthy’

Dolly the sheep’s siblings ‘healthy’

Image copyright Nottingham University Image caption Prof Kevin Sinclair is shown with Dolly’s four “sisters” Dolly the sheep’s “siblings” are generally healthy, a study has shown, providing hope that cloning can yield animals free from degenerative illness. The first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell – Dolly – died at the relatively young […]

Solar Impulse: Zero-fuel plane begins final flight

Media captionTake-off occurred at 23:30 GMT. The flight should last about 48 hours The zero-fuel aeroplane, Solar Impulse, has left the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on the last leg of its global tour. The aircraft should take about 48 hours to reach Abu Dhabi, UAE – the place it began the circumnavigation in March 2015. Pilot […]

Rare bog butterfly flutters back from brink

Rare bog butterfly flutters back from brink

Image copyright Chester Zoo Image caption The large heath butterfly is making a comeback in Lancashire A small bog in Lancashire is once again home to a rare species of butterfly, for the first time in 100 years. The large heath butterfly has been disappearing from northern England, where it was once common. But after […]

Drought ‘shuts down Amazon carbon sink’

Drought ‘shuts down Amazon carbon sink’

Image copyright Roel Brienen Image caption The vast tropical forests of Amazonia account for almost one-fifth of the world’s terrestrial vegetation carbon stock A recent drought shut down the Amazon Basin’s carbon sink by killing trees and slowing trees’ growth rates, a study has shown. The term carbon sink refers to the ability of a […]

Super-hard metal ‘four times tougher than titanium’

Super-hard metal ‘four times tougher than titanium’

Image copyright VOLKER STEGER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Image caption Cross-section of a titanium dental implant A super-hard metal has been made in the laboratory by melting together titanium and gold. The alloy is the hardest known metallic substance compatible with living tissues, say US physicists. The material is four times harder than pure titanium and has […]

Wild birds ‘come when called’ to help hunt honey

Wild birds ‘come when called’ to help hunt honey

Image copyright Claire Spottiswoode Image caption Honeyguides flutter from tree to tree ahead of the hunters New findings suggest that the famous cooperation between honeyguide birds and human honey hunters in sub-Saharan Africa is a two-way conversation. Honeyguides fly ahead of hunters and point out beehives which the hunters raid, leaving wax for the birds […]