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‘Guns, germs and trees’ determine gorilla’s fate

[ad_1] Image copyright Terence Fuh Neba, WWF Central African Republic The survival of gorillas in the forests of Africa depends on guns, germs and trees.So say the scientists behind the largest ever survey of western lowland gorillas across their range.The study, based on a decade's worth of field research, found more gorillas than in previous estimates. However, the vast majority are in unprotected areas, where they are at risk from
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Seventh EU Sentinel goes into orbit

[ad_1] Image copyright ESA Image caption Artwork: Each Sentinel-3 satellite carries four instruments and weighs just over a tonne The European Union has launched its latest Sentinel Earth observation spacecraft. Sentinel-3b is a multipurpose satellite, but will concentrate much of its work over the oceans, monitoring their behaviour and health. The spacecraft went up on a converted intercontinental ballistic missile from Russia's Plesetsk Cosmodrome. It will join an identical platform,
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An unusually late start to the season for USA’s Tornado Alley

[ad_1] TornadoIn a twist that would ruin the storyline to the Wizard of Oz, the USA's 'Tornado Alley' has been strangely quiet this year. In fact, if there are none reported in Oklahoma or Kansas on Thursday, 2018 will officially be the quietest start to the tornado season in both states …on record!What is Tornado Alley? The "Alley" covers an area surrounding north Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri
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Galileo: UK plan to launch rival to EU sat-nav system

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGraham Turnock: "We still think there is a win-win to be had here" The UK is considering plans to launch a satellite-navigation system as a rival to the EU's Galileo project.The move comes after the UK was told it would be shut out of key elements of the programme after Brexit.The UK has spent 1.4bn euros (£1.2bn) on Galileo, which is
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Closing gender gap in physics ‘will take generations’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Closing the gender gap in physics will take hundreds of years, given the current rate of progress.That's the finding of research analysing the names of authors listed on millions of scientific papers.Physics, computer science, maths and chemistry had the fewest women, while nursing and midwifery had the most.Without further interventions, the gender gap is likely to persist for generations, said scientists from the University of
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Salisbury attack: Scientist Vladimir Uglev ‘helped create Novichok’

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRetired Russian scientist Vladimir Uglev says he created a Novichok nerve agent. Moscow continues to deny the existence of a chemical weapons programme called Novichok. But this is a question of semantics.On Russia's Black Sea coast I meet Vladimir Uglev, a scientist who helped develop nerve agents for the Soviet Union. "The aim of the programme was to produce a substance
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Douma ‘attack’: How do you test for chemical weapons?

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Experts confirmed that the nerve agent Sarin was used in an attack in the Ghouta in 2013 A week after they gathered in Syria, inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons are finally gaining access to the site of an alleged chemical attack in the town of Douma.Rescue workers and opposition activists say government aircraft dropped barrel bombs filled with toxic
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Plastic recycling: Why are 99.75% of coffee cups not recycled?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images It's gradually becoming common knowledge that it's not as easy to recycle your takeaway coffee cup as people may have thought.It's the mixture of paper and plastic in their inner lining - designed to make them both heat and leakproof - that causes difficulties. There are currently only a small number of specialist plants in the UK able to process the disposable used cups, and
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How ancient DNA is transforming our view of the past

[ad_1] Image copyright MPI Evo Anthro Image caption Ancient DNA labs maintain strict protocols to prevent contamination of samples with modern genetic material Prof David Reich of Harvard Medical School is one of the leading lights in the field of ancient DNA. His team's work has cast a new perspective on human history, reconstructing the epic migrations and genetic exchanges that shaped the people of different regions worldwide. Here he