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Australian foreplay: Bum-biting in an underground hole

Wombats generally get tagged as #cute in social media images, but on dates things can get, umm, hairy, with boffins reporting bum-biting as a prominent mating behaviour. If a male Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombat runs down a female in a burrow, he's confronted with a challenge: the marsupials' ample, muscular, and extremely solid …
Lion does a facepalm in the Maasai Mara National Reserve in kenya

Horn star Sudan, last male northern white rhino, dies aged 45

Sudan, aka "The Most Eligible Bachelor in the World” as per hook-up app Tinder, the last male northern white rhino, shuffled off this mortal coil yesterday, aged 45. The sombre news was announced by the snub-nosed giant's home, the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, in Laikipia County, in the foothills of Mount Kenya, in a tweet earlier …
Richard Speed, 20 Mar 2018

California blue whale numbers soar to historical levels, say boffins

Scientists say the California blue whale population has rebounded to near historical levels, chalking up a win for conservation. The big bellowing beasts of the ocean, which weigh in as adults at 190 tons and measure nearly 100 feet long, have done a decent job of recovering from whaling, according to a scientific study …
Kelly Fiveash, 7 Sep 2014
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Fishy fishers' fishing figures fingered using Google Earth Gulf pics

A scientist has used Google Earth to uncover a Middle Eastern fish scam which could mean that six times more sea dwellers are caught than is officially reported. Dalal Al-Abdulrazzak wanted to suss out whether fishermen in the Persian Gulf were telling the truth about how many fish they landed. She carried out the "first …
Jasper Hamill, 27 Nov 2013
Rhinoceros in late afternoon, Kruger National Park. Credit: Shutterstock

Only a merciful BULLET can really save a RHINO, say Texas hunters

A US Safari Club has been offered a permit to shoot an endangered black rhinoceros to help save the rest of the species. Rhinoceros in late afternoon, Kruger National Park. Credit: Shutterstock One Allan Quatermain type will get the chance to track and kill the beast after stumping up what’s expected to be a hefty price at …
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Plucky orangutan rescued from encroaching biofuel plantations

A critically endangered orangutan has been rescued after wandering into an area of forest in western Indonesia where palm oil companies have been illegally destroying the environment, a conservation group said. Orangutan at Chester Zoo The Sumatran simian had been trapped for days in a diminishing spot surrounded by palm oil …
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Deadly domino effect of extinction proved by boffins

Boffins have proved a theory for the first time that the extinction of one animal has a domino effect on other species. The researchers from the University of Exeter found that when a carnivore dies out, other predatory species could soon follow. The bioboffins used parasitic wasps to prove the ripple-effect one extinction …

The true, tragic cost of British wind power

Analysis Two studies published this week calculate the astounding cost of Britain's go-it-alone obsession with using wind turbines to generate so much of the electricity the nation needs. Both studies make remarkably generous concessions that favour wind technology; the true cost, critics could argue, will be higher in each set of …
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Hunting of incredibly rare two-horned 'unicorns' forbidden

Vietnam is to set up a nature reserve for unfeasibly rare – possibly now extinct – two-horned "unicorns". The rare saola (or 'unicorn') of the Annamite mountains. Credit: Bolikhamxay Provincial Conservation Unit No more unicorn hunting. By order The creature in question is more formally known as the saola. It is informally …
Lewis Page, 19 Apr 2011

Intel Labs unveils PC power plans

Engineers at Intel Labs are toiling away at a "holistic approach" to energy savings that could result in lower-power processors, shrunken power bricks and batteries and worldwide power bills shrinking by billions of dollars. At a gathering of reporters Thursday in San Francisco, the director of circuits and system research at …
Rik Myslewski, 19 Mar 2010
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Royal Society of Chemistry hunts Janet Leigh

The Royal Society of Chemistry is rather improbably looking for a Janet Leigh lookalike to star in a homage to the celebrated shower scene from Psycho. The planned reenactment of Leigh's demise - entitled Shower Murder - is planned for the 50th anniversary of the original. It's designed to show us Brits just how much water we' …
Lester Haines, 3 Jul 2009
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Hohm - save energy the Microsoft way

Household energy conservation is a task typically handled by fathers peevishly moving from room-to-room, turning off lights and closing doors whilst grumbling over the barnyard behavior of his offspring. But now Microsoft wants a piece of the racket. The Redmond giant on Wednesday said that it's launching a free web-based …
Austin Modine, 24 Jun 2009
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Tasmanian devil whirling onto endangered list

The luckless Tasmanian devil is to be added to the official list of endangered species in a move intended to save it from extinction, The Times reports. Tasmania's top carnivore since the human-assisted wipeout of the thylacine in the 1930s is under severe threat from a communicable face cancer, unique to the species. …
Sarah Bee, 22 May 2009
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Aussies: Eat roos, save the planet

Australian scientists have recommended their beef-loving compatriots switch to kangaroo meat to clamp down on the methane emissions that bovine burger precursors pump out into the atmosphere. The gastro-switch will simultaneously turn what most Aussies consider a particularly large form of vermin into a profitable agricultural …
Joe Fay, 11 Aug 2008
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Green-loving California may dodge utility bill bullet

California may get the last laugh standing firm by its tree-hugging ways. It was largely a day of foreboding environmental forecasts at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group's Energy Summit held at Stanford on Friday. But as fuel prices continue to rise — there may at least be a promise of California offering consumers some hope …
Austin Modine, 11 Jul 2008

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