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‘Mission Jurassic’ dinosaur hunt to get under way

[ad_1] Image copyright The Children's Museum of Indianapolis Image caption Exploratory work has already identified bones from some very big dinosaurs British scientists are about to undertake one of their biggest dinosaur hunts in decades.They are joining US and Dutch institutions in exploring what is expected to be a treasure trove of fossils in the "Badlands" of Wyoming.The US state has yielded some of the most famous specimens ever found,
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Huge fossil discovery made in China’s Hubei province

[ad_1] Image copyright Ao Sun Image caption Scientists say the fossils have been "exquisitely" preserved Scientists say they have discovered a "stunning" trove of thousands of fossils on a river bank in China. The fossils are estimated to be about 518 million years old, and are particularly unusual because the soft body tissue of many creatures, including their skin, eyes, and internal organs, have been "exquisitely" well preserved. Palaeontologists have
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Mongolia: A toxic warning to the world

[ad_1] All over the world cities are grappling with apocalyptic air pollution but the small capital of Mongolia is suffering from some of the worst in the world. And the problem is intrinsically linked to climate change. The country has already warmed by 2.2 degrees, forcing thousands of people to abandon the countryside and the traditional herding lifestyle every year for the smog-choked city where 90% of children are breathing
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Exoplanet tally set to pass 4,000 mark

[ad_1] Image copyright NASA The number of planets detected around other stars - or exoplanets - is set to hit the 4,000 mark.The huge haul is a sign of the explosion of findings from searches with telescopes on the ground and in space over the last 25 years.It's also an indication of just how common planets are - with most stars in the Milky Way hosting at least one world
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Smuggled orangutan seized at Bali airport

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption The young male was found drugged A Russian man has been arrested in Bali on suspicion of trying to smuggle a young orangutan out of Indonesia. The two-year-old male was found drugged inside a rattan basket when Andrei Zhestkov was stopped at security at Denpasar airport on Friday night. Mr Zhestkov is said to have told officials he was given the primate by a
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Planet Venus: Hopes rise of new mission to the hothouse world

[ad_1] Image copyright NASA The longstanding idea that Venus is geologically dead is a "myth", scientists say. And new research may be on the verge of ending that perception forever.Hints of ongoing volcanic and tectonic activity (activity in the planet's outer shell) suggest that, while different to the Earth, the planet is very much alive. Now scientists are building new narratives to explain the planet's landscape.This includes an idea that
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Dead whale ‘had 40kg of plastic in its stomach’

[ad_1] A dead whale has been found washed up in the Philippines with a stomach filled with 40kg of plastic. Workers at D'Bone Collector Museum in Davao City recovered the body of the Cuvier's beaked whale before making the discovery.Darrel Blatchley is the director of the museum and personally conducted the necropsy, an autopsy for animals. He told Radio 5 Live that when they started to open the whale up,
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Planet Jupiter: Spectacular picture of Jupiter’s storms

[ad_1] Image copyright NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill This beautiful picture of Jupiter was assembled from three separate images acquired by Nasa's Juno spacecraft as it made another of its close passes of the gas giant.The probe has a colour camera onboard and citizen scientists are encouraged to play with the data to make their own views of the planet.This one, which is colour-enhanced, was produced by Kevin M Gill.The US space