Science

Oregon Zoo shares animal X-rays

Image copyright Oregon Zoo Image caption Chameleon A zoo in the US state of Oregon has posted images of X-rays of its animals taken during routine health checks. Oregon Zoo said X-rays were sometimes taken during health assessments and had proved to be a useful diagnostic tool that also helped minimise time under anaesthesia. 3D-printed solution for cancer-hit hornbill Image copyright Oregon Zoo Image caption Rodrigues flying fox Image copyright

Plastic recycling firms accused of abusing market

Image copyright Getty Images The plastics recycling industry faces an investigation amid reports firms are illegally profiting from the market and in some cases polluting rivers. The Environment Agency, the regulator, confirmed it had set up an investigative team and was pursuing “several lines of enquiry”. It comes as councils cut back their plastics recycling services amid a fall in demand for exports to China. Importers are said to be

Mission to Mercury: BepiColombo spacecraft ready for launch

Image copyright ESA Image caption The BepiColombo spacecraft will take seven years to get to Mercury Europe and Japan are set to launch their joint mission to Mercury, the planet closest to the Sun. The partners have each contributed a probe to be despatched on an Ariane rocket from French Guiana. The duo, together known as BepiColombo, are bolted to one another for the seven-year cruise to their destination, and

A14 road workers find woolly mammoth bones

Image caption The remains are thought to date back to the last Ice Age Road workers building a new bypass unearthed the Ice Age remains of a woolly mammoth and a woolly rhino. The team, working on improvements to the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon, discovered a number of bones while digging near Fenstanton. Experts believe the remains, found in what was once an ancient river, could be at least

Jurassic-era piranha is world’s earliest flesh-eating fish

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hollywood has rather overstated the reputation of today’s piranhas Scientists have unearthed the fossilised remains of a piranha-like species that they say is the earliest known example of a flesh-eating fish. This bony creature, found in South Germany, lived about 150 million years ago and had the distinctive sharp teeth of modern-day piranhas. These Jurassic marauders used their razor teeth to tear chunks of

‘Farming the desert’

Image copyright EPA Image caption The entire state of New South Wales is currently drought-affected The plight of drought-hit farmers in Australia has prompted an outpouring of sympathy across a country that has long mythologised the inhospitable “bush” and its inhabitants. But it has also raised questions about subsidising those eking a living in agriculturally marginal areas, writes Kathy Marks in Sydney. Mellissa Conomos runs beef cattle on a 300-acre

Life finder

Image copyright NASA Image caption Webb contains novel technologies that have never previously been flown in space If it does launch as currently scheduled in 2021, it will be 14 years late. When finally in position, though – orbiting the Sun 1.5 million km from Earth – Nasa’s James Webb Space Telescope promises an astronomical revolution. The US space agency boasts that it will literally “look back in time to

Ian Kiernan: The man who wanted to clean up the world

Image copyright Fairfax Media/Getty Images Image caption Ian Kiernan founded a global anti-litter campaign Prominent environmentalist Ian Kiernan, the founder of an iconic Australian anti-litter campaign that expanded into a global success, has died aged 78. The round-the-world yachtsman began the Clean Up Australia and Clean Up the World campaigns after being appalled by levels of ocean rubbish in the 1980s. In 1994, he famously helped come to the rescue

A long walk: New insight into history of dogs and humans

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Dogs have been going on walkies for a very long time Dogs were part of a key moment in human history – when our ancestors began trying their hand at farming. As the first farmers moved out of the Middle East, herding animals such as sheep and goats, dogs tagged along too, say scientists. The DNA evidence fills in some of the gaps in

Gazing monkeys image wins top wildlife photo award

Image copyright Marsel van Oosten / WPY Two snub-nosed monkeys are pictured resting on a stone and staring intently into the distance. What are they looking at, and what are they thinking? It turns out they are watching a big barney between members of their troop. This image of apparent serenity versus commotion is the overall winner of the 2018 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, announced at a gala