Miscellany

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    Plant extinction ‘bad news for all species’

    New Age Desk | Updated at 12:10am on June 12, 2019

    Almost 600 plant species have been lost from the wild in the last 250 years, according to a comprehensive study, reports BBConline. The number is...

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    Scientists edit chicken genes

    Reuters . London | Updated at 12:36am on June 04, 2019

    Scientists in Britain have used gene-editing techniques to stop bird flu spreading in chicken cells grown in a lab — a key step towards making...

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    Great white shark’s genetic secrets revealed

    Reuters . Washington | Updated at 11:51am on February 19, 2019

    The great white shark, one of the most fearsome predators in the world’s oceans in both fact and fiction, is a formidable creature — right...

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    Microplastics threat to ocean giants

    BBC | Updated at 01:00pm on February 05, 2018

    Scientists are calling for research on the impacts of microplastics on whales, sharks and rays that strain tiny food, like plankton, out...

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    Butterfly origins pushed back in time

    BBC | Updated at 01:13pm on January 11, 2018

    Newly discovered fossils show that moths and butterflies have been on the planet for at least 200 million years. Scientists found...

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    ‘Zero tolerance’ plan eyed for plastic pollution

    BBC | Updated at 02:58pm on December 01, 2017

    A plan for zero tolerance of plastic pollution of the oceans may be agreed by nations at a UN environment summit. Governments are being asked...

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    Neanderthal brains ‘grew more slowly’

    BBC | Updated at 11:43am on September 22, 2017

    A new study shows that Neanderthal brains developed more slowly than ours. An analysis of a Neanderthal child’s skeleton suggests that...

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    Flamingo balancing act saves energy

    BBC | Updated at 09:40am on May 24, 2017

    Flamingos expend less energy standing on one leg than in a two-legged stance, scientists have confirmed...

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    Albatrosses counted from space

    BBC | Updated at 06:58pm on May 04, 2017

    Scientists have started counting individual birds from space. They are using the highest-resolution satellite images available to gauge the numbers of...

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    Skeleton offers clues to medieval spread of leprosy

    BBC | Updated at 12:55pm on January 27, 2017

    A medieval skeleton found at a UK burial site has revealed clues to the history of leprosy...

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