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‘Super-sized’ mice threaten seabird colonies with extinction

[ad_1] Image copyright Ben Dilley Image caption A Tristan albatross on Gough Island: Their future is now at risk Super-sized mice are killing millions of seabird chicks on a remote island in the South Atlantic, threatening some rare species with extinction. According to a study from the RSPB, the mice have learned to eat the eggs and chicks of the many millions of birds that make Gough Island their home.The
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‘Headless chicken sea monster’ filmed swimming off East Antarctica

[ad_1] A deep-sea swimming sea cucumber has been filmed in the Southern Ocean off East Antarctica for the first time.Real name Enypniastes eximia, commonly known as the "headless chicken sea monster", the creature had previously only been filmed in the Gulf of Mexico.Data from the underwater cameras will be fed back to the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, the international body managing the Southern Ocean. [ad_2]
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Mission to Mercury: BepiColombo spacecraft ready for launch

[ad_1] 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,
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A14 road workers find woolly mammoth bones

[ad_1] 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 130,000
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BepiColombo: Mercury space mission to help us understand Earth

[ad_1] The first European mission to explore Mercury, the smallest and least explored terrestrial planet, is being launched into space on Saturday.The European Space Agency and Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency have each contributed a probe to study the planet.Space scientist, Dr Suzie Imber, from the University of Leicester, explains how this small strange planet is unique, how the mission could improve our mobile phone and internet networks and why Mercury
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Ian Kiernan: The man who wanted to clean up the world

[ad_1] 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 of