120,000 butterflies that never came home

Jan. 11, 2019, 10:15 a.m.

On this week’s news update: bad news for monarch butterflies in California, an unusual orangutan goes home, and a robot musician makes its debut!

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“The biggest crisis humanity has ever faced”

Dec. 18, 2018, 11:34 a.m.

On this week’s news update: a spotlight on climate change. A global climate change conference, El Niño weather system predicted, and innovation in air travel.

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An answer to oil spills?

Nov. 23, 2018, 2:02 p.m.

On this week’s news update: a chemical sponge that might solve the problem of oil spills, the tropical islands that are protecting coral by banning sunscreen, and interactive, electronic tattoos.

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Where did the giraffe get its spots?

Nov. 2, 2018, 9:57 a.m.

On this week's news update: a mission to explore Mercury, using nature's designs to improve the world, and why do giraffes have spots?

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Hurricane Florence, measuring sea levels, and a flying car

Oct. 5, 2018, 2:11 p.m.

On this week’s news update: the fallout from Hurricane Florence, the satellite that measures sea levels, and the artistic inventor who engineered a flying car!

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A cat ban, space mistakes, and happy goats

Sept. 14, 2018, 11:18 a.m.

On this week’s news update: a ban on cats to protect wild birds, a spacecraft springs a leak, and scientists discover that goats prefer smiley faces!

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Weird and wonderful endangered species

June 20, 2018, 4:06 p.m.

Endangered animals don’t always look beautiful, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need our help. Let’s look at some unusual ones! Earlier this year, an animal conservation programme known as EDGE of Existence added a long list of endangered reptiles to its website. There are quite a few programmes dedicated to helping endangered animals, but EDGE of Existence is slightly different. The progra...

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Super-smelling rodents

May 30, 2018, 1:04 p.m.

Scientists are battling the world’s deadliest disease with a little help from an unlikely ally… rats. Among the animals that humans count as friends, we rarely think of rats. We usually consider them dirty, unwelcome creatures, hiding from view and living among rubbish. Yet, in Africa, rats are helping to save thousands of human lives – in more ways than one. Since 2000, scientists from T...

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The frogs that don’t pee all winter

May 9, 2018, 3:31 p.m.

Most animals go to the toilet every day. Have you ever wondered what happens when they hibernate? What’s the longest time that you’ve gone without going to the bathroom? Probably no more than a few hours, right? Well, meet the wood frog. This little animal can go for more than half a year without peeing. It does this when it goes into hibernation. Hibernation is a bit like a deep sleep th...

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Stephen Hawking: Studying the Universe

April 25, 2018, 3:05 p.m.

Last month, we remembered physicist Professor Stephen Hawking, who passed away in March 2018. Here, we look at some of his work.

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