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Dinosaurs had feathers ruffled by parasites, study finds

Dinosaurs had feathers ruffled by parasites, study finds

Dinosaurs may have been fearsome and intimidating creatures that dominated the prehistoric earth – but it did not stop them having their feathers ruffled by parasites, researchers have found. Scientists have discovered ancient pieces of amber, dating...

Tuesday, 18:52 in Science &Technology
 
European Space Agency to launch space debris collector in 2025

European Space Agency to launch space debris collector in 2025

A four-armed robotic junk collector will be launched into space by the European Space Agency in what it says will be the first mission to remove an item of debris from orbit. The ClearSpace-1 mission, scheduled for launch in 2025, will cost €120m and...

Tuesday, 18:52 in Science &Technology
 
Katrina Karkazis: ‘You can’t use testosterone levels to divide people into male or female’

Katrina Karkazis: ‘You can’t use testosterone levels to divide people into male or female’

Katrina Karkazis, a senior research fellow at Yale University, is a cultural anthropologist working at the intersection of science, technology, gender studies and bioethics. With Rebecca Jordan-Young, a sociomedical scientist, she has written...

Tuesday, 18:52 in Science &Technology
 
No link between caesarean delivery and obesity, research finds

No link between caesarean delivery and obesity, research finds

Delivery by caesarean section does not increase the chance of a baby ending up overweight or obese as a young adult, researchers have found, contrary to previous research. The authors of the study say their work drew on a huge number of people and...

Tuesday, 18:52 in Science &Technology
 

Starwatch: Saturn courts Venus in the evening sky

Starwatch chart Monday 9 December 2019 Saturn and Venus Two very different planets meet in the evening near the south-western horizon this week. Venus is the nearest planet to the earth. It is almost identical to our planet in terms of size, yet its...

Tuesday, 18:52 in Science &Technology
 
Orca grandmothers babysit young whales, study finds

Orca grandmothers babysit young whales, study finds

Doting killer whale grandmothers help their grand calves survive, particularly in times of food scarcity, scientists reported in a paper that sheds new light on the evolutionary role of menopause. Orca females stop reproducing in their thirties or...

Tuesday, 18:52 in Science &Technology
 
Tigers, elephants and pangolins suffer as global wildlife trafficking soars

Tigers, elephants and pangolins suffer as global wildlife trafficking soars

The two young women who arrived at Heathrow in February 2014 en route to Düsseldorf were carrying nondescript luggage. Customs officers were suspicious nevertheless and looked inside – to find 13 iguanas stuffed into socks inside the cases....

Tuesday, 18:52 in Science &Technology
 
Science Museum 'hiding dirty money' over £2m Sackler donation

Science Museum 'hiding dirty money' over £2m Sackler donation

The Science Museum has been accused of trying to “quietly hide away dirty money” after it agreed to a request by the Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation to repurpose a £2m donation earmarked for a prominent new gallery. The donation, which was...

Tuesday, 18:52 in Science &Technology
 
European plan to tackle space debris? Hug it out

European plan to tackle space debris? Hug it out

The European Space Agency is working to tackle the issue of space debris with the technological version of a big hug. It hopes to be able to use tentacle-like mechanical arms to embrace a dead satellite and remove it from orbit. Other options...

Tuesday, 18:52 in Science &Technology
 
Plastic pollution kills half a million hermit crabs on remote islands

Plastic pollution kills half a million hermit crabs on remote islands

More than half a million hermit crabs have been killed after becoming trapped in plastic debris on two remote island groups, prompting concern that the deaths could be part of a global species decline. The pioneering study found that 508,000 crabs...

Tuesday, 18:52 in Science &Technology
 
Once-a-month contraceptive pill developed by scientists

Once-a-month contraceptive pill developed by scientists

A contraceptive pill that needs to be taken only once a month has been developed by scientists. The gelatine capsule, which has so far only been tested on pigs, dissolves in the stomach to a release a six-armed star-shaped polylmer structure that sits...

Tuesday, 18:52 in Science &Technology
 
Nasa's Parker Solar Probe beams back first insights from sun's edge

Nasa's Parker Solar Probe beams back first insights from sun's edge

Nasa’s Parker Solar Probe, which has flown closer to the sun than any spacecraft, has beamed back its first observations from the edge of the sun’s scorching atmosphere. The first tranche of data offers clues to long-standing mysteries, including why...

Tuesday, 18:52 in Science &Technology
 
Did you solve it? Smart as a box of frogs

Did you solve it? Smart as a box of frogs

Earlier today I set you a Christmas challenge (about which more below) and these three puzzles from the Mathigon advent calendar: Facebook Twitter Pinterest The answer is 16 Facebook Twitter Pinterest Facebook Twitter Pinterest The answer is to cross...

Tuesday, 18:52 in Science &Technology
 
Can you solve it? Smart as a box of frogs

Can you solve it? Smart as a box of frogs

Today’s puzzles are taken from Mathigon, a wonderful interactive mathematical encyclopaedia. Every year, the site publishes a puzzle a day from Dec 1 to 24. Here are three of my favourites from this year. Jump to it! Facebook Twitter Pinterest...

Tuesday, 18:52 in Science &Technology
 
Did you solve it? The two child problem

Did you solve it? The two child problem

Earlier today I set you the following four questions: 1. Mrs Smith has two children. The eldest one is a boy. What’s the chance that both are boys. 2. Mrs Jones has two children. At least one is a boy. What’s the chance that both are boys? 3. Mrs...

Tuesday, 18:52 in Science &Technology
 


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