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Watched chimps change their hunting habits

Watched chimps change their hunting habits

Media captionNew insight into development of chimp hunting habits Chimpanzees in Uganda may have changed their hunting strategy in response to being watched by scientists. While studying the animals, researchers documented very different hunting habits of two closely neighbouring chimp “tribes”. “Sonso” chimps hunt in small groups for colobus monkeys, while those from the “Waibira” […]

Whale body size warning for species collapses

Whale body size warning for species collapses

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Sperm whales showed the biggest declines in body size from 1905 to 1985 The shrinking size of whales over the 20th Century could help scientists detect when wildlife populations are in trouble, a study suggests. The analysis shows that the average body size of four whale species declined […]

India genome plan could boost healthcare

India genome plan could boost healthcare

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Global Gene Corp wants data from people in under-represented regions, starting with South Asia Could an effort to gather genetic data from its population of one billion people help India take the lead in advanced healthcare? India is the land of inventors and industry, spices and spirituality – and […]

Queen’s Speech: Plan aims to secure space sector

Queen’s Speech: Plan aims to secure space sector

Image copyright Orbital Access Image caption Artwork: A number of companies are looking to develop low-cost air-launch systems A government plan to secure growth in the UK’s £13.7bn space industry is laid out in the Queen’s Speech. The stated purpose of the new Bill is to make the UK the most attractive place in Europe […]

German-UK team maintains Galileo success

German-UK team maintains Galileo success

Image copyright ESA Image caption The work order provides leeway should any existing satellites experience failure Eight new satellites have been ordered for Galileo – Europe’s global positioning system. As before, they will be made by the German-UK consortium comprising OHB-System of Bremen and SSTL of Guildford. The industrial contract was signed at the Paris […]

The power of a billion: India’s genomics revolution

The power of a billion: India’s genomics revolution

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Global Gene Corp wants data from people in under-represented regions, starting with South Asia Could an effort to gather genetic data from its population of one billion people help India take the lead in advanced healthcare? India is the land of inventors and industry, spices and spirituality – and […]

Queen’s Speech: Plan aims to secure space sector

Queen’s Speech: Plan aims to secure space sector

Image copyright Orbital Access Image caption Artwork: A number of companies are looking to develop low-cost air-launch systems A government plan to secure growth in the UK’s £13.7bn space industry is laid out in the Queen’s Speech. The stated purpose of the new Bill is to make the UK the most attractive place in Europe […]

Europe selects grand gravity mission

Europe selects grand gravity mission

Image copyright Airbus DS Image caption Artwork: LISA envisages three spacecraft linked by laser arms that are 2.5 million km in length It is set to be one of the major science projects of the 2030s. The European Space Agency has just given the green light to the LISA mission to detect gravitational waves. This […]

Hawking urges Moon landing to ‘elevate humanity’

Hawking urges Moon landing to ‘elevate humanity’

Image copyright BBC/Richard Ansett Image caption Prof Hawking says: “If humanity is to continue for another million years, our future lies in boldly going where no one else has gone before.” Prof Stephen Hawking has called for leading nations to send astronauts to the Moon by 2020. They should also aim to build a lunar […]

Why suitcases rock and fall over – puzzle solved

Why suitcases rock and fall over – puzzle solved

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Speeding up, rather than slowing down, may prevent the suitcase flipping over It’s a common experience when dashing for a train or plane while lugging a two-wheeled suitcase. The bag rocks alarmingly from side-to-side and threatens to overturn. Now, scientists have investigated this conundrum of everyday physics. Speeding up […]

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