New plant list to help deter garden deer

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Two species of Muntjac deer have been introduced to the UK Wild deer are increasingly being seen in urban areas, with species such as Muntjac and Sika deer expanding their range. When they stray into gardens they are known to strip flowers and foliage, and nibble tree bark. The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is ...

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Sudan, last male northern white rhino, dies in Kenya

Image copyright AFP Image caption Sudan, pictured in 2016, was 45 years old The world’s last surviving male northern white rhino has died after months of ill health, his carers said. Sudan, 45, lived at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. He was put to sleep on Monday after age-related complications worsened significantly. His death leaves only two females – ...

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Changing environment influenced human evolution

Image copyright Human Origins Program, Smithsonian Image caption Olorgesailie Basin: the dig site spans an area of 65 square kilometres Humans may have developed advanced social behaviours and trade 100,000 years earlier than previously thought. This is according to a series of papers published today in Science. The results come from an archaeological site in Kenya’s rift valley. “Over one ...

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Adapt or die: How to cope when the bots take your job

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Will smart virtual assistants take our jobs or make them more fulfilling? Reports that robots, automation and artificial intelligence are going to put millions of us out of work may sound troubling, but should we believe them? That largely depends on whether we’re technology optimists or pessimists. In our Future of Work series we ...

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Archaeological treasures hiding in London’s mud

Image copyright Getty Images Continuing a tradition popularised by the Victorians, “mudlarkers” scour the foreshore of the Thames in search of historical treasures. Two thousand years of human history are revealed by the low tide on London’s largest archaeological site and we spoke to the foreshore’s mudlarkers about their favourite finds. At around 5am every morning, mudlarkers like Nick Stevens ...

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