The place spacecraft go to die

The place spacecraft go to die

Image copyrightchina manned space engineering Image caption China’s Tiangong I spacecraft is expected to fall to Earth soonChina’s Tiangong-1 space station is currently out of control and expected to fall back to Earth next year. But not in the remote place where many other spacecraft end their days. Explorers and adventurers often look for new places to conquer now that the highest peaks have been climbed, the poles reached and vast oceans and deserts crossed. Some of these new places are called the poles of inaccessibility. Two of them are…

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Colombia vets nurse tiny spider monkey back to health

Colombia vets nurse tiny spider monkey back to health

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Alarm over decline in flying insects

Alarm over decline in flying insects

Image copyrightGetty Images Image caption Losses of rare insects are well documented, but there is little research on insects as a wholeIt’s known as the windscreen phenomenon. When you stop your car after a drive, there seem to be far fewer squashed insects than there used to be. Scientists have long suspected that insects are in dramatic decline, but new evidence confirms this. Research at more than 60 protected areas in Germany suggests flying insects have declined by more than 75% over almost 30 years. And the causes are unknown….

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Photo of butchered rhino wins top award

Photo of butchered rhino wins top award

Image copyrightBrent Stirton/WPY Image caption Brent Stirton says the things he’s seen have dented his faith in humanityA shocking image of environmental crime has been declared the top entry in this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY) competition. Taken by South African Brent Stirton, the picture shows the slumped form of a black rhino in Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve. Poachers killed the animal at night, with a silencer, and then dehorned it. Stirton took the photo as part of an investigation into the illegal trade in rhino products. The…

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'Big, bad wolf' image flawed – scientists

'Big, bad wolf' image flawed – scientists

Image copyrightRooobert Bayer Image caption Wolves are good at working together to get food rewardsNew research casts doubt on the idea that dogs are naturally more tolerant and friendly than wolves. In tests of cooperation skills, wolves outperformed their domesticated relatives. Scientists say the findings challenge assumptions about how dogs were tamed from wolves and came to live alongside humans. Previous evidence has suggested that the domestication process may have given dogs a more tolerant temperament. “We still have very much this idea of the big, bad wolf and the…

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