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The man risking his life to save pink dolphins

Colombian biologist Fernando Trujillo has dedicated his life to saving the Amazon’s rare pink river dolphins. Their food source and habitat are under threat from over-fishing and an increasing human population. Trujillo has worked for 30 years in dangerous areas of the Amazon, and in 2007 won the Whitley Fund for Nature award for his […]

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Nasa removes US astronaut from ISS mission

Image copyright NASA The US astronaut Jeanette Epps has been removed from her upcoming mission to the International Space Station (ISS) just months before launch. Dr Epps was to have been the first African-American astronaut assigned to the space station crew. She would have flown aboard a Russian Soyuz flight in June but is being […]

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Hope for threatened 'little tiger cat'

Image copyright Jerry Laker Image caption Güiñas are considered pests by some people as they can steal chickens It’s the smallest cat in the Americas, occupying the smallest area of land. Listed as vulnerable to extinction, the güiña wildcat of Chile has lost much of its natural home as forests are chopped down or converted […]

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2017 'warmest year without El Niño'

Image copyright Getty Images Manmade climate change is now dwarfing the influence of natural trends on the climate, scientists say. Last year was the second or third hottest year on record – after 2016 and on a par with 2015, the data shows. But those two years were affected by El Niño – the natural […]

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Mystery deepens over mass die-off of antelopes

Image copyright Joint saiga health monitoring team, Kazakhstan Image caption Saigas died in large numbers across the Betpak-Dala region of Kazakhstan A mass die-off of wild antelopes in Kazakhstan was triggered by environmental factors, scientists believe. More than 200,000 saiga antelopes collapsed and died suddenly in 2015, wiping out most of the global population. The […]

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Chemistry 'Van Gogh' could help with cancer

Image copyright ICR Image caption RNA polymerase III surrounding DNA “Incredible” images of DNA in action have been captured by scientists who will use them to design cancer drugs. Researcher Dr Alessandro Vannini said the pictures were “beautiful” and in artistic comparisons were “definitely a Van Gogh”. They capture a fundamental part of all plant […]

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Moustached monkey is separate species

Image copyright Global Wildlife Conservation Image caption The Blue Nile patas monkey is found in parts of Ethiopia and Sudan A monkey from Ethiopia and Sudan with a “handlebar moustache” has been identified as a distinct species. Scientists took a fresh look at the distribution and physical appearance of patas monkeys in Ethiopia, confirming there […]

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UK firm contracts to service satellites

Image copyright EFFECTIVE SPACE Image caption Artwork: The “Space Drone” (yellow) would dock with the ageing telecommunications satellite (orange) A UK-headquartered company says it has won a contract to send spacecraft to dock with two existing satellites to extend their lives. Effective Space will not name the satellites’ owner at this stage – only that […]

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Dolphin diet study gives conservation clues

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Wild bottlenose dolphin swimming off Florida Wild dolphins need up to 33,000 calories a day, researchers have found – equivalent to about 60 portions of salmon. In contrast, Olympic swimmers – who are smaller and less active – burn about 12,000 calories a day during training. Studying the metabolic […]