Environment

Welsh bees threatened by deadly disease American Foulbrood

Image caption The chief bee inspector for Wales said it was vital keepers let authorities know how many hives they have Concern has been growing over the spread of a deadly disease among the Welsh bee population. American Foulbrood (AFB) is a highly-infectious disease which is caused by spore-forming bacteria transferred to the bees through infected food. It is described ...

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Nasa picks headquarters for Moon lander

Image copyright NASA A Nasa facility in Alabama that developed the giant rocket for the Apollo programme in the 1960s will play a key role in sending astronauts down to the Moon’s surface in 2024. The Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville will lead the development of a vehicle that will land astronauts on the body for the first time ...

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Elephant protection debate to dominate conservation meeting

Image copyright Getty Images Different approaches to protecting elephants are set to dominate the debate at a key conservation conference starting in Geneva today. Delegates from more than 180 countries are gathering for the meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites). Some African nations are again pushing to reopen the trade in ivory. However others are ...

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Extinction: Humans played big role in demise of the cave bear

Image copyright R. Kowalczyk Image caption Cave bear skull from the Natural History Museum in Belgrade, Serbia The arrival of human ancestors in Europe some 40,000 years ago coincided with the downfall of the cave bear, scientists have revealed. New evidence suggests humans hunted the bear and drove it from caves, putting it on the road to extinction. The fate ...

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Spaceplane gets a ride for space station trips

Image copyright Sierra Nevada Corporation Image caption Artwork: Dream Chaser is a reusable spaceplane that can land on a runway The Dream Chaser spaceplane, which will ferry cargo to the International Space Station (ISS), now has a rocket to launch on. Sierra Nevada, the private company that builds the spaceplane, has chosen the Vulcan rocket as its ride into orbit. ...

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