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Polar bears captured on collar cams

High-tech tracking collars on nine female polar bears have measured the animals’ efforts to find food on the diminishing Arctic ice. In Spring of 2014, 2015, and 2016, Anthony Pagano, a researcher at the University of California Santa Cruz and his colleagues, set out to track the polar bears’ hunting and survival during this critical […]

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Polar bears 'running out of food'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWatch: Collar cams reveal polar bear’s-eye view High-tech collar tracking collars on nine female polar bears have measured the animals’ efforts to find food on the diminishing Arctic ice. The collars recorded video, locations and activity levels over 11 days, while metabolic tracers allowed scientists to work […]

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Genetic secret of English salmon

Image copyright Sam Billington, Environment Agency Image caption Chalk-stream salmon look the same as other salmon but their genes tell a different story The salmon from the chalk streams of southern England appear to be genetically distinct from others. Evidence published in the Journal of Fish Biology suggests they may be a separate sub-species of […]

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Luxembourg PM watches GovSat-1 space launch

Image copyright SpaceX Image caption SpaceX used one of its “recycled” Falcon 9s to loft GovSat-1 Luxembourg’s Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel, has just watched one of his country’s satellites go into orbit. He was at Cape Canaveral, Florida, to see the launch of GovSat-1, which will be providing telecommunications services to the military and institutional […]

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Hong Kong bans ivory trade in 'historic' vote

Image copyright SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images Image caption The ivory trade will now be phased out in Hong Kong by 2021 Hong Kong’s lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to ban the trade in ivory, in a move campaigners described as “a lifeline for elephants”. A similar ban was brought in across mainland China earlier this year. Ivory […]

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Skywatchers see 'super blue blood Moon'

Image copyright SPL Image caption The Moon appears red in a lunar eclipse as sunlight is filtered through Earth’s atmosphere The night sky had a display in store on Wednesday 31 January, with a lunar event being called the “Super blue blood moon”. For Australia, Asia and some parts of the US and Eastern Europe, […]

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Fishing 'best argument for seagrass conservation'

Image copyright Chris Smart Image caption An indigenous child fisher in Indonesia collecting urchins and porcupine fish in seagrass The importance of seagrasses is further emphasised in a new report that looks at how they underpin fishing worldwide. These flowering plants, which grow in near-shore waters, are under intense pressure – some estimates suggest global […]