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Rhino census in India's Kaziranga park counts 12 more

Image copyright EPA Image caption Census takers used elephants and sports vehicles to conduct the survey A census in India’s Kaziranga National Park has counted 2,413 one-horned rhinos – up 12 from 2015. The Unesco World Heritage Site, in Assam state, is home to two-thirds of the world’s population of the species. The census is […]

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Vanishing lake

Image copyright Getty Images Lake Chad – a source of water to millions of people in West Africa – has shrunk by nine-tenths due to climate change, population growth and irrigation. But can a scheme dating back to the 1980s save it? “It’s a ridiculous plan and it will never happen.” That’s the reaction many […]

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Shipping faces demands to cut CO2

Image copyright Getty Images A battle is under way to force the global shipping industry to play its part in tackling climate change. A meeting of the International Maritime Organisation in London next week will face demands for shipping to radically reduce its CO2 emissions. If shipping doesn’t clean up, it could contribute almost a […]

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Higgs factory a 'must for big physics'

Image copyright Cern Image caption A candidate Higgs boson collision event at CMS, one of the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider A top physicist says the construction of a “factory” to produce Higgs boson particles is a priority for science. In an exclusive interview, Nigel Lockyer, head of America’s premier particle physics lab, said […]

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China's space lab set for fiery re-entry

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionChina’s space lab Tiangong-1 tracked on radar China’s defunct space lab, Tiangong-1, should fall to Earth over the weekend. At over 10m in length and weighing more than 8 tonnes, it is larger than most of the man-made objects that routinely re-enter Earth’s atmosphere. China has lost […]

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Scientists explain the sound of knuckle cracking

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists have turned their attention to investigating that most annoying of human habits – the sound made when you crack your knuckles. The characteristic pop can be explained by three mathematical equations, they say. This confirms the idea that the cracking sound is due to tiny bubbles collapsing in the fluid […]

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Ghostly galaxy may be missing dark matter

Image copyright NASA/ESA/P. van Dokkum Image caption Hubble image: The galaxy is so faint that other spiral galaxies can been seen through it An unusually transparent galaxy about the size of the Milky Way is prompting new questions for astrophysicists. The object, with the catchy moniker of NGC1052-DF2, appears to contain no dark matter. If […]

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Tech trials to find Antarctica's 'missing' iron meteorites

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGeoff Evatt: The aim is to develop a robust system that will work in the Antarctic The project to find Antarctica’s “missing meteorites” is making excellent progress, say scientists. A group led from Manchester University is developing detection equipment it believes will discover a bounty of iron […]

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Shoppers to pay deposit for bottles and cans in bid to cut waste

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Shoppers will be charged a refundable extra fee when buying single-use drinks People in England will soon have to pay a deposit when they buy drinks bottles and cans in a bid to boost recycling and cut waste. The deposit will increase prices – but consumers will get the […]

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JWST: Hubble 'successor' faces new delay

Image copyright NASA/Chris Gunn Image caption The telescope part of JWST recently came through its last big space simulation The successor to the Hubble Space Telescope has been delayed yet again and will not now be launched before May 2020. The James Webb Space Telescope will also bust the cost cap that was placed on […]

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Bear cubs spending longer with mothers

Image copyright Ilpo Kojola Image caption A female Scandinavian brown bear with her cub Brown bear cubs living in the forests of Sweden are spending longer with their mothers. Baby bears stay by their mother’s side until they are aged two-and-a-half – an extra year compared with a few decades ago, according to a study. […]