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Image caption The orcas come to the fjords around Kvaløya to feast on herring Europe’s killer whales wowed in the BBC’s Blue Planet II series but these animals face extinction. Chris Gibson travelled to the small Norwegian island of Kvaløya where the orcas retain a strong foothold. But for how …

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Professor Stephen Hawking’s PhD viewed two million times

Image copyright Cambridge University/Stephen Hawking  Image caption Stephen Hawking’s handwriting can be seen on the document Stephen Hawking’s PhD thesis was accessed more than two million times within days of it being made available to the public, it has been revealed. Prof Hawking’s 1966 work proved so popular on the …

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Dinosaur sported ‘bandit mask’

Image copyright Robert Nicholls  Image caption Artwork: Sinosauropteryx probably lived in open environments, under constant threat of predation A dinosaur from China sported a “bandit mask” pattern in the feathers on its face, scientists have said. Researchers came to their conclusion after studying three well-preserved fossil specimens of the extinct …

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Bloodhound supersonic carries out first public runs

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe Bloodhound car is tested ahead of its 1,000mph record attempt The Bloodhound Super Sonic Car has conducted its first public runs. Using just the thrust of its jet engine, the vehicle raced to 210mph (340km/h) down the runway at Newquay Airport …

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Ancient skull ‘oldest tsunami victim’

Image copyright ARTHUR DURBAND  Image caption The skull is thought to be about 6,000 years old An ancient human skull discovered in Papua New Guinea is likely to have belonged to the world’s oldest-known tsunami victim, scientists say. The skull was discovered in 1929 near the town of Aitape and …

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Ichthyosaur fossil discovered for first time in India

Image copyright Courtesy G Prasad  Image caption This is the first time an ichthyosaur fossil has been discovered in India Scientists in India have discovered a 152 million-year-old fossil of an ichthyosaur – an extinct marine reptile – in the western state of Gujarat. This is the first time an …

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‘Incredible’ editing of life’s building blocks

Image copyright Getty Images   Scientists have demonstrated an “incredibly powerful” ability to manipulate the building blocks of life in two separate studies. One altered the order of atoms in DNA to rewrite the human genetic code and the instructions for life. The other edited RNA, which is a chemical …

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Viking trade in red squirrels may have spread leprosy

Image copyright Graeme Hunter  Image caption The Vikings traded in red squirrel pelts and meat and the animals were sometimes kept as pets Red squirrels traded by Vikings could have brought leprosy to pre-medieval England, according to archaeologists. Research has revealed that a pre-Norman skull found in Hoxne in Suffolk …

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