Nightjars time their epic migration flights using a lunar calendar
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Nightjars time their epic migration flights using a lunar calendar

By Jake Buehler Nightjars use the moon’s phases to time their long journeysDavid Tipling/AlamyThe European nightjar, which migrates from northern Europe to sub-Saharan Africa, seems to synchronise its…

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Extreme snow stopped plants and animals breeding in parts of Greenland
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Extreme snow stopped plants and animals breeding in parts of Greenland

Environment 15 October 2019 By Michael Le Page Arctic foxes didn’t breed in north-east Greenland in 2018 due to heavy snowDalia KvedaraiteIncreasingly extreme Arctic weather could threaten the…

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Extremely dexterous robot can solve a Rubik’s cube one-handed
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Extremely dexterous robot can solve a Rubik’s cube one-handed

Technology 15 October 2019 By Donna Lu This robotic hand solved a Rubik’s cube in around three minutes OpenAIArtificial intelligence can now solve a Rubik’s cube one-handed. The task…

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How deadly disease outbreaks could worsen as the climate changes
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How deadly disease outbreaks could worsen as the climate changes

Health | Analysis 15 October 2019 By Adam Vaughan Some fruit bats probably spread EbolaJuan Carlos MunozThe dangers posed by fruit bats and mosquitoes are rarely mentioned among…

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US green economy has 10 times more jobs than the fossil fuel industry
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US green economy has 10 times more jobs than the fossil fuel industry

Environment 15 October 2019 By Adam Vaughan A wind farm worker in CaliforniaBilly Hustace/GettyThe green economy has grown so much in the US that it employs around 10 times…

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Extinction Rebellion protests should be embraced, not banned
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Extinction Rebellion protests should be embraced, not banned

The move to haul climate change protesters off London’s streets reflects a scientifically and economically illiterate political and media elite in denial about the issue Environment | Comment…

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Ancient jungle capital of the Khmer Empire mapped for the first time
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Ancient jungle capital of the Khmer Empire mapped for the first time

By Michael Marshall An aerial view of the Phnom Kulen escarpment and plateaucourtesy of the Archaeology Development FoundationAn ancient city, hidden in the jungles of Cambodia for hundreds…

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Huge fire blankets can protect houses from destructive wildfires
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Huge fire blankets can protect houses from destructive wildfires

Environment 15 October 2019 By Michael Le Page When homes like these in California are threatened by fire, the normal way to fight back is to douse the…

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Eliud Kipchoge’s sub-2 hour marathon may herald even faster times
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Eliud Kipchoge’s sub-2 hour marathon may herald even faster times

By Adam Vaughan Eliud Kipchoge crosses the finish line of a specially designed marathon course in ViennaALEX HALADA/GettyEliud Kipchoge has become the first person to run a marathon…

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Astronomer Royal: We’re destroying the book of life before reading it
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Astronomer Royal: We’re destroying the book of life before reading it

By Donna Lu Martin Rees at New Scientist LiveJonny DonovanThe future of humanity may be at a crucial turning point, say Astronomer Royal Martin Rees. In a wide-ranging…

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