Why Mauritius is culling an endangered fruit bat that exists nowhere else
Nature Trust warns of contamination in amphibian preserve
The endangered Mauritius fruit bat is once again the centre of a controversial cull at the hands of its government, much to the alarm of wildlife conservation organisations. Under pressure from both farmers and the public, the government of the Indian Ocean island recently announced a plan to cull 10% of its 80,000 or so fruit bats to protect the nation's fruit industry.
New research shows even small ships pose deadly threat to North American right whales
The Nature Trust of New Brunswick is warning that an amphibian preserve in Fredericton has high levels of heavy metal contaminants in the sediment, which could be affecting the...
Urgent action needed as 1 in 3 native mammals at risk of extinction in Wales
It has long been known that ship strikes involving large vessels pose one of the greatest threats to North Atlantic right whales, whose coastal habitats and tendency to stay close to the water's surface make them vulnerable to such deadly collisions.
The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine will be tested in a new trial after questions over its data
A third of native mammals are currently at risk of extinction in Wales, according to a new report.
Time for total rethink on the management of alien species
The news: The Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine will be tested in a new global trial, AstraZeneca’s CEO Pascal Soriot has told Bloomberg. Previously it had been expected to just add an arm to its existing US trial. The news comes amid criticism of the way it has collected and presented its data so far.
The specifics: An announcement on Monday that the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine could...
It's not too late to save 102 species at risk of extinction
Non-indigenous or alien species need to be appreciated for their potential benefits and not just the negative impacts they can have on the environment, according to new research.
Mining companies are required to return quarried sites to their 'natural character'. But is that enough?
The Fraser River estuary in British Columbia is home to 102 species at risk of extinction. A new study says it's not too late to save these species if action is taken now.
The case of the missing dark matter: new suspect found in galactic mystery
New Zealand has more than 1,100 registered quarries. Some of these mined sites are small, rural operations, but a significant number are large and complex, and within a city's urban boundaries.
Different age groups may get different Covid vaccines, experts say
A faraway galaxy with almost no dark matter has threatened to break our theory of galaxy formation. New evidence suggests the galaxy isn't an anomaly—but a victim of theft.
Iceberg A-68A: hit or miss?
Oxford/AstraZeneca planning new trial of lower-dose jab to see how well it works in older peopleCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageConcerns around the efficacy of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca coronavirus jab in older people could lead to different age groups being given different vaccines, experts have said.The partners announced last week that the vaccine had a 70%...
ESA and Auroch Digital launch Mars Horizon game
An enormous iceberg, called A-68A, has made headlines over the past weeks as it drifts towards South Georgia in the Southern Ocean. New images, captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission, show the berg is rotating and potentially drifting westwards.
Japan spacecraft carrying asteroid soil samples nears home
You're controlling your very own space agency at the dawn of the space age, with the ultimate goal of setting foot on the surface of Mars. Which technologies should you research? Which rockets should you build? Should you aim for the Moon first or head straight to the Red Planet?
AI 'doctor's assistant' among projects given £20m
A Japanese spacecraft is nearing Earth after a yearlong journey home from a distant asteroid with soil samples and data that could provide clues to the origins of the solar system, a space agency official said Friday.
Elon Musk's satellites now streaming to some rural N.B. homes
The UK government awards £20m to 15 artificial intelligence research projects.
Indigenous communities secure $100M to clean up old and gas wells
Billionaire Elon Musk's satellite internet service is now streaming to some homes in New Brunswick. Starlink has enlisted some households in rural areas of Canada and the northern U.S. to test the service before a full launch, possibly in...
Life on Venus? Recent finding hinting at life in the clouds questioned
Indigenous leaders have secured an allotment of funding to clean up old oil and gas wells on First Nation and Metis land in Alberta, after more than half a year of lobbying, including several meetings with the premier and energy...
Thailand: Rare whale skeleton discovered
In September, scientists announced they had found a chemical signature in the clouds of Venus that they said could be associated with life. But those results were questioned, and in a new follow-up study, the authors announced that the level of the chemical is seven times lower than they had initially...
Electronic skin has a strong future stretching ahead
Archaeologists believe the bones are as old as 5,000 years and remarkably well preserved.
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Mine ponds amplify mercury risks in Peru's Amazon
Soft, stretchy, slimline and strong electronics could accelerate the arrival of artificial skin.
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Scientists reveal regions of the brain where serotonin promotes patience
The proliferation of pits and ponds created in recent years by miners digging for gold in Peru's Amazon has altered the landscape and amplified the risk of mercury poisoning, a new study shows. In some watersheds, there's been a 670% increase in land area covered by abandoned mining pits that have filled in with water. Low-oxygen conditions in these ponds accelerate the conversion of submerged...
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‘Evolving’ malaria mosquitoes getting harder to control
In a study on mice conducted by the Neural Computation Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), the authors, Dr. Katsuhiko Miyazaki and Dr. Kayoko Miyazaki, pinpoint specific areas of the brain that individually promote patience through the action of serotonin.
Insecticide resistance growing in mosquitoes in Kenya, while malaria vectors adapt to Brazil’s cities.