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Monster iceberg’s pivot and turn

Media captionStrong wind has blown the southern end of the berg out to sea The monster Antarctic iceberg A-68 looks finally to be on the move. For 13 months after breaking away from the White Continent’s long peninsula, the trillion-tonne block did little more than shuffle back and forth on the spot. But now its […]

Monster iceberg’s pivot and turn

Media captionStrong wind has blown the southern end of the berg out to sea The monster Antarctic iceberg A-68 looks finally to be on the move. For 13 months after breaking away from the White Continent’s long peninsula, the trillion-tonne block did little more than shuffle back and forth on the spot. But now its […]

The tree that bleeds… metal?

Image copyright Antony Van der Ent Image caption Nickel gives the latex of Pycnandra acuminata a peculiar blue-green colour Heavy metals like nickel and zinc are usually the last thing that plants want to grow next to in high concentrations. But a specialised group, known as hyperaccumulators, have evolved to take up the normally toxic […]

UN treaty would protect high seas from over exploitation

Image copyright Jeremy Bishop The first significant steps towards legally protecting the high seas are to take place at the UN in New York. These waters, which cover 46% of the planet’s surface, are under threat from deep-sea mining, over-fishing and the patenting of marine genetic resources. Over the next two years, government representatives aim […]

Tropical sunfish spotted in Highland waters

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sunfish were spotted last week off the north coast of Skye and off Ardnamurchan A fish normally found in tropical waters has twice been spotted off the west coast of Scotland last week. It is the fourth time this year that the sunfish has been recorded by the Hebridean […]

Golden eagle genome study ‘a conservation game changer’

Media captionSaving the ‘king of the birds’ with DNA British scientists have made a breakthrough that could help safeguard the future of one of the world’s most admired birds – the golden eagle. The majestic king of birds is under threat in some areas, but a study led by the Wellcome Sanger Institute could help […]

Golden eagle genome study ‘a conservation game changer’

Media captionSaving the ‘king of the birds’ with DNA British scientists have made a breakthrough that could help safeguard the future of one of the world’s most admired birds – the golden eagle. The majestic king of birds is under threat in some areas, but a study led by the Wellcome Sanger Institute could help […]

Golden eagle genome study ‘a conservation game changer’

Image copyright SPL Image caption Researchers say the genome is the start of a journey into golden eagle biology British scientists have made a breakthrough that could help safeguard the future of one of the world’s most admired birds – the golden eagle. The majestic king of birds is under threat in some areas, but […]

Chasing quakes with machine learning

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists have used machine learning to calculate the pattern of aftershocks following an earthquake. Aftershocks are further quakes that follow the “main shock”. They are by definition smaller, but sometimes not by much. This is the first time a machine learning method has been used to work out where they might […]

What did the dolphin say to the porpoise?

Image copyright Mel Cosentino Image caption Kylie (left) is interacting with one of the porpoises in the Firth of Clyde after becoming separated from his group. A dolphin in Scotland’s Firth of Clyde may be exchanging messages with porpoises. The dolphin, named Kylie, usually makes clicking sounds with a frequency of around 100KHz. But after […]