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Animals’ popularity ‘a disadvantage’

Image copyright EPA The world’s most popular animals are in more danger than we realise, according to a new study. A survey of the public’s perceptions suggests many people are unaware that the animals they consider “charismatic” are under threat in the wild. These include lions, elephants, tigers and other animals which frequently appear in […]

Animals’ popularity ‘a disadvantage’

Image copyright EPA The world’s most popular animals are in more danger than we realise, according to a new study. A survey of the public’s perceptions suggests many people are unaware that the animals they consider “charismatic” are under threat in the wild. These include lions, elephants, tigers and other animals which frequently appear in […]

Rolls-Royce and Boeing invest in UK space engine

Image copyright REL Image caption Sabre would work like a jet engine in the lower atmosphere and like a rocket motor in the high atmosphere Reaction Engines Limited (REL), the UK company developing a revolutionary aerospace engine, has announced investments from both Boeing and Rolls-Royce. REL, based at Culham in Oxfordshire, is working on a […]

Isolated lakes found beneath Canadian ice sheet

Image copyright Anja Rutishauser Image caption The lakes lie beneath the Devon ice cap in the Canadian Arctic Researchers have found lakes that may shed new light on icy worlds in our Solar System. High in the Canadian Arctic, two subglacial bodies of water have been spotted beneath over 500 metres of ice. The water […]

Climate change dials down Atlantic Ocean heating system

Image copyright WHOI Image caption The circulation system plays a “significant role” in regulating the Earth’s climate by distributing heat around the globe. A significant shift in the system of ocean currents that helps keep parts of Europe warm could send temperatures in the UK lower, scientists have found. They say the Atlantic Ocean circulation […]

Nazi legacy found in Norwegian trees

Media captionClaudia Hartl: “You don’t normally see trees in this region without rings” The relentless campaign to find and sink Germany’s WWII battleship, the Tirpitz, has left its mark on the landscape that is evident even today. The largest vessel in Hitler’s Kriegsmarine, it was stationed for much of the war along the Norwegian coast […]

Iron Age study targets British DNA mystery

Image copyright PA Image caption This gold torc from Staffordshire was crafted at some point between 400 and 250 BC A project to sequence DNA from about 1,000 ancient remains could resolve a genetic mystery involving people from south-east Britain. A recent study showed that the present-day genetic landscape of Britain was largely laid down […]

Map records UK’s small ups and downs

Image caption The map was produced from over 8 terabytes of radar data The subtle warping of the land surface across the entire UK has been mapped in detail for the first time. This view of changing topography was built from more than 2,000 radar images acquired by the European Union’s Sentinel-1 satellites. It should […]

Earth’s magnetic ocean tides mapped from space

Media captionThe magnetic signal from the tides is extremely small This is the European Space Agency’s spectacular new view of ocean tides as they sweep around the Earth. The movie shows not the bulging movement of water directly, but rather its magnetic signature. As the Moon pulls the salty seas through our planet’s global magnetic […]

Hunting mystery giant lightning from space

Image copyright ESA/NASA Image caption The ISS provides a unqiue perspective on Earth’s weather Thunderstorms are some of the most spectacular events in nature, yet what we can see from the surface of our planet is only the beginning. There are bizarre goings on in Earth’s upper atmosphere, and a new mission aims to learn […]