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Global register lists alien species

Image copyright SPL Image caption The American mink is an introduced species in the UK The first global register of alien species shows that a fifth of 6,400 plants and animals catalogued are causing harm. Some of the biggest factors in their spread are ballast water in ships for marine species and trade in ornamental […]

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Ariane rocket suffers rare launch anomaly

Image copyright Arianespace Image caption Everything looked fine as the rocket climbed away from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana Europe’s normally highly dependable rocket, the Ariane 5, experienced an anomaly during its latest launch. Telemetry from the vehicle was lost about nine minutes into its flight from French Guiana, shortly after its upper-stage began […]

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The man risking his life to save pink dolphins

Colombian biologist Fernando Trujillo has dedicated his life to saving the Amazon’s rare pink river dolphins. Their food source and habitat are under threat from over-fishing and an increasing human population. Trujillo has worked for 30 years in dangerous areas of the Amazon, and in 2007 won the Whitley Fund for Nature award for his […]

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Nasa removes US astronaut from ISS mission

Image copyright NASA The US astronaut Jeanette Epps has been removed from her upcoming mission to the International Space Station (ISS) just months before launch. Dr Epps was to have been the first African-American astronaut assigned to the space station crew. She would have flown aboard a Russian Soyuz flight in June but is being […]

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Mystery deepens over mass die-off of antelopes

Image copyright Joint saiga health monitoring team, Kazakhstan Image caption Saigas died in large numbers across the Betpak-Dala region of Kazakhstan A mass die-off of wild antelopes in Kazakhstan was triggered by environmental factors, scientists believe. More than 200,000 saiga antelopes collapsed and died suddenly in 2015, wiping out most of the global population. The […]