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  • Donald Trump moves to protect sharks, adds them to endangered species list

    May 9, 2017 4:23 PM 15

    Multiple sharks have been added to the list to help protect the amphibians. The Trump administration has been criticised in recent months for its stance on the environment and protected parks, but a rash of new measures reveals that sharks are popular within the Oval Office. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced on Tuesday 9 May that it would

  • Polar bear cub dies at SeaWorld less than a month after being born

    May 9, 2017 10:17 AM 15

    Twin cubs were born at the Gold Coast centre in Australia. A polar bear cub born at SeaWorld on Australia's Gold Coast last month has died. The cub was one of two born to 16-year-old polar bear Liya on 26 April. "Initial concern for the welfare of the smaller of two cubs was raised last Thursday (4 May), when it was eight days old," said SeaWorld's director

  • Happy New Year, Mars!

    May 5, 2017 11:22 PM 12

    NASA officials wished Mars a happy new year on Twitter today (May 5), using the milestone as an opportunity to review exactly how the Red Planet's years work and how they differ from Earth's. The space agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, tweeted an image of a party-hat-wearing Curiosity rover watching fireworks explode in the Martian

  • GSAT-9 launch by Isro a ‘historic moment’, says PM Narendra Modi

    May 5, 2017 1:34 AM 22

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday described the launch of the South Asia Satellite GSAT-9 by Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) as a “historic moment” and said it opens up new horizons of engagement among the countries of the region. Hailing the Isro scientists for ensuring the successful launch, Modi said the South Asia Satellite

  • Mesmerising footage shows the vibrant Spanish dancer fish doing the deep-sea flamenco

    May 3, 2017 2:35 PM 10

    Mesmerising footage shows an exotic red sea slug that looks just like a flamenco dancer. The beautiful video of the floating mollusc, called a Spanish dancer fish, was captured by a professional diver off the coast of the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea. As the 'fish' drifts through the water, its vibrant red fins look just like a red dress twisting and turning

  • Cassini re-establishes contact after ‘dive’ between Saturn and its rings

    May 1, 2017 7:29 PM 28

    U.S. space agency NASA’s Cassini spacecraft re-established contact with project managers on Earth after ‘diving’ between Saturn and its rings. Cassini was out of contact as scientists oriented its dish antenna to use it as a shield to protect the spacecraft from potential damage from ring particles. As scientists had remotely oriented the antenna away from Earth

  • Cassini on its final mission sends back closest ever photos of Saturn's rings

    April 29, 2017 10:32 AM 24

    Nasa's space probe Cassini, which is on its final mission of performing 22 planned dives through the rings of Saturn, has sent back spectacular images from space. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) used the Deep Space Network (a group of telescopes that communicate with distant objects in space) to pick up Cassini's far-off signal. As it dove through

  • Real life robocops? Crime fighting 5ft robots with lasers replace security guards in shopping centres

    April 27, 2017 11:28 AM 15

    The K5 crime-fighting robots are 5ft tall and come with GPS, lasers, and heat-detecting technology. They are designed to function without any human control and are built with surveillance cameras, sensors, odour detectors and a thermal imaging system. They also have scanners that can read an impressive number of 300 car registration plates every single

  • SoCal dig could rewrite history of humans in Americas

    April 27, 2017 5:51 AM 30

    A startling new report based on evidence uncovered in Southern California 25 years ago asserts that the first known Americans arrived much, much earlier than scientists thought - more than 100,000 years ago - and maybe they were Neanderthals. If true, the finding would far surpass the widely accepted date of about 15,000 years ago. Researchers say a site in Southern

  • New research says Californians were around 130,000 years ago

    April 26, 2017 11:37 PM 29

    Researchers in Southern California say they've uncovered evidence that humans lived there 130,000 years ago. If it's true, it would be the oldest sign of humans in the Americas ever — predating the best evidence up to now by about 115,000 years. And the claim has scientists wondering whether to believe it. In 1992, archaeologists working a highway construction