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Conservation: Marine sanctuary THREE times the size of the UK set up around remote Atlantic island

The waters around Tristan da Cunha, the world's most remote inhabited islands, have been set up as a marine wildlife sanctuary that is three times the size of the UK.Tristan da Cunha's marine sanctuary will join the so-called 'blue belt' of protected areas surrounding the UK's overseas territories.'Our life on Tristan da Cunha has always been based around our relationship with the sea, and that continues today.Tristan da Cunha's marine sanctuary will join the so-called 'blue belt' of protected areas surrounding the UK's overseas territories.The RSPB has been in a conservation partnership with the government of Tristan da Cunha for two decades, Ms Speight noted. read more...

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Climate change: Some areas of the Amazon could actually BENEFIT from warmer temperatures

Warmer temperatures may benefit parts of the Amazon rainforest, suggesting that the tropical ecosystem may be more resistant to climate change than once thought.This would lead to reduced photosynthesis the chemical process by which plants make food and absorb in carbon dioxide and help accelerate climate change.'As the trees become stressed, they generate more efficient leaves that can more than compensate for water stress.''Our results mean that the current models are overestimating carbon losses in the Amazon rainforest due to climate change.''It was nice to see that maybe some of our estimates of approaching mortality in the Amazon rainforest may not be quite as dire as we previously thought.' read more...

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China launches Chang'e-5 spacecraft to bring back rocks from moon video

China has launched a robotic spacecraft to bring back rocks from the moon the first such attempt by any country since the 1970s.The Long March-5, Chinas largest carrier rocket, blasted off at 4.30am Beijing time on Tuesday from Wenchang space launch centre on the island of Hainan carrying the Change-5 spacecraft.The Chang'e-5 mission will test Chinas ability to remotely acquire samples from space before more complex missions.If successful, the mission would make China only the third country to have retrieved lunar samples, joining the US and the Soviet Union read more...

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Chicken coronavirus antibodies in nose drops give short-term immunity to Covid-19

Nose drops made using coronavirus antibodies harvested from chicken eggs could give short-term immunity to Covid-19, scientists have claimed.They believe that if the chicken antibodies are integrated into a nasal spray or droplets, they could provide short-term protection from Covid-19.Experts hope they can provide temporary immunity to Covid-19The nostrils will be coated with two droplets every four hours and provide temporary immunity in high-risk situations, the experts believe.Currently there is no evidence the chicken antibodies fight off the coronavirus in humans as the study is ongoing, featuring 48 participants.The nostrils will be coated with two droplets every four hours and provide temporary immunity in high-risk situations, the experts believe. read more...

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Camel-inspired material keeps products cool five times longer

Scientists at MIT in the US created the transparent, doubled-layered cooling material, which cools five times longer than conventional single-layer versions.Cheap cooling technology that does not require external energy sources is becoming increasingly important as the climate warms, to keep buildings cool and preserve food and pharmaceuticals.It the desert, a camel's fur acts as an insulator from the heat of the sun, keeping its skin and hump which contains fat cool.To mimic a camel's fur layer, the researchers created the highly porous, hydrophobic silica aerogel with about half the thermal conductivity of air, and the sweat gland-mimicking hydrogel.A cooling technology with only the hydrogel layer could maintain a slightly lower temperature, but the double layer lasted far longer. read more...

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British researcher details the 'childhood home of Jesus Christ'

AdvertisementA British researcher claims to have excavated what was the childhood home of Jesus Christ, in a new book.The house is located beneath the Sisters of Nazareth Convent which is across the road from Church of Annunciation in Nazareth.The Church of the Annunciation site was subsequently rebuilt in the modern period and has an impressive cathedral-sized church on it today.This suggests that the fifth century church over 'Jesus's home' was considered 'at least as important'.Professor Dark details the project in his new book, The Sisters of Nazareth convent: A Roman-period, Byzantine and Crusader site in central Nazareth. read more...

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Boeing receives FAA approval to fly its 737 Max after being grounded for more than a year

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given permission for the Boeing 737 MAX to fly again after being grounded for almost two years.Scroll down for videoThe FAA has given the greenlight for the Boeing 737 MAX to resume use in the United States.Wreckage of the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX crash from March 2019.Grounded Boeing 737 MAX aircraft are seen parked at Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Washington, in NovemberWhen the 737 MAX does return to the skies, Boeing will be running a 24-hour war room to monitor flights.Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft parked at Boeing Field in Seattle. read more...

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Bird the size of a crow with a toucan-like beak lived on Madagascar 68 million years ago

A bird the size of a crow that flew 68 million years ago and looked like a miniature toucan has been discovered in Madagascar.Dubbed Falcatakely, meaning 'small scythe beak', it had a curved and elongated bill with a single tooth.Its climate and isolation meant the unusual toucan-like bird lived alongside a pug-nosed, plant-eating crocodile and a badger-like mammal called Adalatherium.A bird the size of a crow that flew 68 million years ago and looked like a miniature toucan has been discovered in Madagascar.Bird skeletons - especially skulls - are rare in the fossil record because of their lightweight bones and small size. read more...

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Bees map shows global distribution and can help conservation efforts

Conservationists have drafted the first ever global map of bee diversity to help track the distribution of populations of the vital pollinators.The creation of the map is an important first step in assessing the distribution and potential declines of bee populations, the team said.Conservationists have drafted the first ever global map of bee diversity to help track the distribution of populations of the vital pollinators.'Many crops, especially in developing countries, rely on native bee species, not honey bees,' added Professor Hughes.The creation of the map is an important first step in assessing the distribution and potential declines of bee populations, the team said. read more...

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Baby Yoda doll is spotted floating inside the Crew Dragon capsule after Sunday's NASA launch

The team onboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon brought a surprise stowaway with them on Sunday's launch.A Baby Yoda doll was used as the mission's 'zero-gravity indicator,' confirming the spaceship is in orbit and under a microgravity environment.For May's Crew Dragon test flight, a stuffed apatosaurus named Tremor was chosen by the children of astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley.When Boeing's CST-100 Starliner flew an unmanned test flight last December, a Snoopy doll in an astronaut outfit was on board.But, throughout the episode, a hungry Baby Yoda keeps trying to eat Frog Lady's eggs. read more...

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