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Three satellites, each the size of a small car, will take off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia on Friday.
The research, published in Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, is the first to examine the impact on calves of losing their mothers, something that can happen during a culling season.
When tropical forests are cleared, they can take a century or more to re-absorb the carbon they once held, according to a new study. But their biodiversity is even slower to recover, and some species may never return.
Green roofs could become a future source of water pollution, says a new study.
Cocoa farmers in West Africa are using bushmeat as a back-up source of food and income in times of hardship, according to new research.
Different countries may have recovered faster than others as the last Ice Age ended, new research shows.
Turning local sources of underused biomass like maize cobs or papyrus stems into charcoal briquettes could provide better fuel for people across East Africa, scientists suggest. This new, sustainable energy source could help ...
Scientists have pinpointed the lowest temperature at which simple life can live and grow.
A new online tool for predicting the amount of ash pumped into the atmosphere during a volcanic eruption has been made openly available to scientists around the world.
Urgent cuts in carbon emissions are needed if Caribbean coral reefs are to survive past the end of the century, scientists have warned.