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Strong evidence bees boost flowers’ scent

March 16, 2017 5:00 am
Strong evidence bees boost flowers’ scent

Bees are more likely to seek out and pollinate taller, more fragrant plants than shorter varieties without a strong fragrance. Photo / AP Bees can help flowers to grow bigger and smell more fragrant, scientists have discovered. Swiss researchers found that plants evolve differently depending on the insect that is […]

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Crop circles: Scientist says they’re real and contain hidden messages

March 12, 2017 2:30 am
Crop circles: Scientist says they’re real and contain hidden messages

Crop circlesin Wiltshire, England. Photo / Getty Images It all started with a UFO sighting. Dr Horace Drew, 61, was just 10 years old when he allegedly saw an unidentified, silver, windowless craft hovering in the sky near his suburban home, in Jacksonville, Florida. The encounter lasted only moments but […]

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Scientists announce 2016 as warmest year on record

January 19, 2017 9:30 am
Scientists announce 2016 as warmest year on record

The year 2016 has officially been named as the hottest year on record, making it the third year in a row to rank hotter than all previous years. The announcement was made by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA on Wednesday. In 2016, the average surface temperatures […]

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Exploring Antarctica : It’s vast, frozen and 4000km away at the very bottom of the world

January 15, 2016 6:39 am
Exploring Antarctica : It’s vast, frozen and 4000km away at the very bottom of the world

Professor Gary Wilson is used to the vagaries of Antarctic weather. Photo / Alan GibsonFreezing wind storms. Temperatures plunging to -40C. Months of perpetual daylight or darkness. These brutal, barely imaginable conditions seem positively Martian. Yet throughout the Antarctic’s summer season, geologists, microbiologists, climatologists and oceanographers are out in this […]

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Paris climate talks : Five things climate scientists do actually disagree about

December 11, 2015 12:21 pm
Paris climate talks : Five things climate scientists do actually disagree about

 The Paris climate talks are underway, so we should be prepared for dissenters to attack the process. “Climate science isn’t settled” is a favourite call and a favourite excuse for inaction on global warming. It’s therefore worth noting that a vast majority of real climate scientists agree on the existence, […]

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Australia supports UN review of restricting global warming to 1.5C

December 6, 2015 5:30 pm
Australia supports UN review of restricting global warming to 1.5C

Small at-risk states speak up on global warming.   Climate change protesters believe aviation and shipping emissions are the elephants in the room for negotiators. Photo / AP Australia would support a UN review of restricting global warming to 1.5C, despite holding firm on a less ambitious goal. The call […]

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Danger to Earth lungs

November 22, 2015 8:30 am
Danger to Earth lungs

 Members of the Awa Tribe in the Para province of the Brazilian Amazon Jungle walk along a path cleared by loggers. Photo / Supplied About half the 15,000 tree species in the Amazon – the world’s most diverse forest – are threatened by deforestation, an international study says. The report […]

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Astronomers and photographers spectacular pictures of Blood Moon

September 29, 2015 2:49 am
Astronomers and photographers spectacular pictures of Blood Moon

Astronomers and photographers made the most of the rare astronomical phenomenon when a total lunar eclipse combined with a so-called Blood Moon. Photo / Getty Images Those in the United States, Europe, Africa and western Asia viewed the coupling, weather permitting, on Sunday and yesterday. It was the first time […]

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NASA spacecraft flawlessly slipped into orbit around Ceres in the first visit to a dwarf planet

March 7, 2015 12:33 am
NASA spacecraft flawlessly slipped into orbit around Ceres in the first visit to a dwarf planet

Ceres is seen from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft just a few days before the mission achieved orbit around the previously unexplored dwarf planet. Photo / AP A NASA spacecraft flawlessly slipped into orbit around Ceres in the first visit to a dwarf planet after a nearly eight-year journey. The Dawn craft […]

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Stress could be behind the sharp collapse in honeybee colonies

February 12, 2015 2:12 am
Stress could be behind the sharp collapse in honeybee colonies

The sharp decline in honeybees has been linked with a change in the foraging behaviour of young bees brought on by some kind of environmental stress such as parasitic attacks or pesticides, a study has found. When honeybees are under stress they respond by sending out the youngest and most […]

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