106433669 p076c0qg - Plan to future-proof the ecology of Thetford Forest
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Plan to future-proof the ecology of Thetford Forest

Ideas to future-proof Thetford Forest in Norfolk for the next century are being worked on by the Forestry Commission. It recognises the way we use our woodland is changing – moving away from timber and food production and towards recreational uses. The plans also hope to safeguard against the effects of climate change and disease […]

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Sheep attacks: 'These dogs have got a taste for blood'

“I’ve never seen or witnessed anything like it before – I wouldn’t want to witness it again.” There are the words of Marie Wilson, a farmer who is calling for a change in the law after a “traumatic” and “heartbreaking” attack on a flock of sheep. Ms Wilson and her partner Robert Jones, from Amlwch […]

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Beresheet spacecraft: 'Technical glitch' led to Moon crash

Image copyright SpaceIL Image caption Pictures of the moon taken by Beresheet as it made its descent Preliminary data from the Beresheet spacecraft suggests a technical glitch in one of its components caused the lander to crash on the Moon. The malfunction triggered a chain of events that eventually caused its main engine to switch […]

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Can you spot ocean plastic from space?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLauren Biermann: “We’ve been concentrating on getting the science right; the next step is automation” Scientists are working on a technique to track plastic debris in the ocean from space. It’s extremely challenging, especially since the individual pieces of litter are smaller than the minimum-sized objects that […]

106421099 p0768jff - SpaceX Falcon Heavy launches its first commercial flight
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SpaceX Falcon Heavy launches its first commercial flight

Elon Musk’s SpaceX Falcon Heavy launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida carrying a satellite into orbit for Saudi Arabian company Arabsat. As well as having its first commercial payload, it was also the first time the three lower boosters of the rocket returned to Earth successfully. The rocket is part of a growing […]

106415444 p0766gk8 - Teen conservationist: 'Why I adopted a cheetah'
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Teen conservationist: 'Why I adopted a cheetah'

Kenyan teen Some adopted Diji the cheetah when she was 17 and now plans on pursuing a career in conservation. Now 18, she cares for Diji at the Animal Orphanage at Kenya Wildlife Centre in Nairobi. She sees this as a way of giving back to the environment and thinks everyone should be a conservationist. […]

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Confused about climate change? Talk to our chat bot

BBC News has launched a chat bot to help users learn about climate change in weekly conversations on Facebook Messenger. Subscribers will get an alert every Wednesday inviting them to explore topics from rising temperatures to new ways of tackling global warming. They can also ask questions which the bot will pass on for our […]

106394058 apicturetakenbyberesheet themoonduringthemaneuverat440kmhight 1 - Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft to attempt Moon landing
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Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft to attempt Moon landing

Image copyright Beresheet Image caption The Beresheet spacecraft captured this image while it was in orbit around the Moon The first privately funded mission to the Moon will attempt to land on the lunar surface today. The Israeli spacecraft – called Beresheet – will try for a soft touch down, before taking pictures and conducting […]

106365985 bettina2 - Plastic toys: Is it time we cut back?
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Plastic toys: Is it time we cut back?

Image copyright Bettina Maidment Piles of plastic toys take up space in many family homes in the UK. If you’re a parent, then you’ll know how tricky it can be to avoid buying them, whether it’s diggers, dolls houses or building bricks. The UK’s toy industry is massive – last year consumers spent £370m on […]

106376877 esa exomars tgofirstresults 0 - So where did the Mars methane go?
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So where did the Mars methane go?

Image copyright ESA Image caption Artwork: TGO looks through the atmosphere and identifies molecules by the way they absorb sunlight The mystery of methane on Mars just got a whole lot more complicated. The gas, which on Earth is produced in large part by living things, has previously been detected on the Red Planet by […]

106402574 mediaitem106398643 - New human species found in Philippines
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New human species found in Philippines

Image copyright NAture Image caption The researchers found 13 elements of the new species, including bones and teeth There’s a new addition to the family tree: an extinct species of human that’s been found in the Philippines. It’s known as Homo luzonensis, after the site of its discovery on the country’s largest island Luzon. Its […]