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Dinosaur dandruff reveals first evidence of skin shedding

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An artist’s impression of a microraptor in flight An analysis of fossilised dandruff fragments has given scientists their first evidence of how dinosaurs and early birds shed their skin. Found among the plumage of these ancient creatures, the 125-million-year-old flakes are almost identical to those found in modern birds. […]

‘Wolf-like’ creature shot near Montana ranch puzzles experts

Image copyright Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Image caption Bizarre theories have circulated online that it could be a werewolf or relative of Bigfoot US wildlife experts are baffled by a “wolf-like” animal that was killed by a Montana farmer. The rancher near the town of Denton shot the creature last week when it came […]

Giant canyons discovered in Antarctica

Image copyright BAS Image caption The survey was undertaken to observe a region that satellites cannot see Scientists have discovered three vast canyons in one of the last places to be explored on Earth – under the ice at the South Pole. The deep troughs run for hundreds of kilometres, cutting through tall mountains – […]

How ancestors of living birds survived asteroid strike

Image copyright Phillip Krzeminski Image caption What the asteroid strike might have been like The ancestors of modern birds may have survived the asteroid strike that wiped out the rest of their kin by living on the forest floor. The new theory, based on studying fossilised plants and ornithological data, helps explain how birds came […]

Car dealer tactics stall electric car sales

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption While electric cars are big sellers in Norway, the attitudes of dealers across Scandinavia is hampering sales says the study “Dismissive” car dealers are a major barrier to boosting sales of electric vehicles (EVs) according to a new study. Researchers, who posed as car shoppers in Scandinavia and Iceland […]

Risk of water shortages for England warns Environment Agency

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ladybower reservoir in Derbyshire supplies water for drinking and hydro electricity England is facing water supply shortages by 2050 unless rapid action is taken to curb water use and wastage, the Environment Agency has warned. Its new report says enough water to meet the needs of 20 million people […]

Grace mission launches to weigh Earth’s water

Image copyright NASA Image caption SpaceX rocket: Climbing above California before heading south towards Antarctica A joint US-German mission has gone into orbit to weigh the water on Earth. The Grace satellites are replacing a pair of highly successful spacecraft that stopped working last year. Like their predecessors, the new duo will circle the globe […]

PM will pay to have ‘full association’ with EU research

Image copyright PETER POWELL Image caption The Prime Minister sets out her proposal for a special research relationship with the EU post-Brexit at Jodrell Bank The Prime Minister made the strongest commitment yet to “fully associate” the UK with the EU’s £24bn research programme post-Brexit. Theresa May said the UK would be willing to make […]

‘Permanent’ interstellar visitor found

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption An illustration of a grey/white asteroid on a starfield An asteroid in Jupiter’s orbit may have come from outside our Solar System, according to a new study. Unlike ‘Oumuamua, the interstellar object which briefly visited the Solar System earlier this year, 2015 BZ509 (affectionately known as BZ) seems […]

‘Shocking’ human impact reported on world’s protected areas

Image copyright PAUL MULONDO/WCS Image caption Despite more and more land being “protected”, biodiversity is still in decline One third of the world’s protected lands are being degraded by human activities and are not fit for purpose, according to a new study. Six million sq km of forests, parks and conservation areas are under “intense […]

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