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Antarctic krill: Key food source moves south

Media captionSimeon Hill: “Our data goes all the way back to the ‘Discovery era’ of the 20s and 30s” A keystone prey species in the Southern Ocean is retreating towards the Antarctic because of climate change. Krill are small, shrimp-like creatures that swarm in vast numbers and form a major part of the diets of […]

He Jiankui: China condemns ‘baby gene editing’ scientist

Media captionWhat is gene editing and how does is work? China says the scientist who claims to have created the world’s first genetically edited babies last year acted illegally and in pursuit of fame and fortune, state media report. He Jiankui’s claim to have altered twin girls’ genes so they could not get HIV was […]

Fossil shark named after 80s video game

Image copyright Velizar Simeonovski, Field Museum Image caption Artwork: Galagadon was a freshwater shark from the time of the dinosaurs A newly discovered species of ancient shark has been named after a 1980s arcade game. The shark swam in the rivers of what is now South Dakota, US, about 67 million years ago, living alongside […]

In pictures: ‘Super blood wolf moon’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The start of the total lunar eclipse seen in San Diego, California Stargazers have been scanning the skies for sightings of a highly unusual lunar eclipse, which began on Sunday night. During the spectacle, known as a “super blood wolf moon”, the moon appears to glow red while seeming brighter […]

Skywatchers see ‘super blood wolf moon’

Image copyright Jeff Overs Image caption BBC News’ stills photographer Jeff Overs captured these views of the eclipse (montage) A lunar eclipse, which some are referring to as a “super blood wolf moon”, has delighted skywatchers around the world. During the spectacular event, the Earth’s natural satellite turns a striking shade of red. The entire […]

Black Arrow: UK space rocket returns home from Australia

Image copyright Skyrora Image caption The Black Arrow is set to go on display in Penicuik, Midlothian later this month The UK’s only rocket to successfully launch a satellite into orbit is to be unveiled in Scotland after a 10,000-mile journey back home. The Black Arrow projectile had lain at its crash landing site in […]

World’s coffee under threat, say experts

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption We drink two coffees out of more than 100 types growing naturally The first full assessment of risks to the world’s coffee plants shows that 60% of 124 known species are on the edge of extinction. More than 100 types of coffee tree grow naturally in forests, including two […]

Skywatchers await ‘super blood wolf moon’

Media captionElizabeth Rizzini explains the “super blood wolf moon” – and forecasts the weather for UK skywatchers on Monday Skywatchers are gearing up for a lunar eclipse, which some are referring to as a “super blood wolf moon”. During the spectacular event, the Earth’s natural satellite turns a striking shade of red. The entire eclipse […]

Saturn’s spectacular rings are ‘very young’

Image copyright Cassini Imaging Team/SSI/JPL/ESA/NASA Image caption The end phases of the mission should yield new information about Saturn’s interior We’re looking at Saturn at a very special time in the history of the Solar System, according to scientists. They’ve confirmed the planet’s iconic rings are very young – no more than 100 million years […]

World’s coffee under threat, say experts

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption We drink two coffees out of more than 100 types growing naturally The first full assessment of risks to the world’s coffee plants shows that 60% of 124 known species are on the edge of extinction. More than 100 types of coffee tree grow naturally in forests, including two […]

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