Thursday, October 22

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‘Baby sharks’ rescued in Essex after getting trapped in shallow water
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‘Baby sharks’ rescued in Essex after getting trapped in shallow water

Three small sharks, dubbed "baby sharks" after the popular children's song, had to be rescued when they became trapped in shallow water.The smooth-hound sharks, often found in UK waters, were thought to have squeezed through a tidal flap in Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, leading to a shallow dyke just 1ft (30cm) deep.Ben Norrington and Andrew Ward, fisheries officers for the Environment Agency, were called to rescue the fish and release them back into the nearby river."It's a fish really getting itself into somewhere that it's not designed to be and we're there to save them," said Mr Norrington."We still don't know how it was possible that they got in there." Source link
RRS Sir David Attenborough departs for sea trials
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RRS Sir David Attenborough departs for sea trials

A new polar research ship, named after the presenter and naturalist Sir David Attenborough, has left a shipyard in Birkenhead to test scientific equipment and conduct sea trials.When it finally enters service, the RRS Sir David Attenborough will look at how climate change is affecting Antarctica and its surrounding waters.Aboard the ship will be Boaty McBoatface, the robotic submarine named in honour of an online poll that suggested the cheeky name for the polar ship.Video Journalist: Laura FosterRead more: Attenborough polar ship leaves construction yard Source link
Nasa’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft successfully tags Asteroid Bennu
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Nasa’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft successfully tags Asteroid Bennu

Nasa scientists cheered as their spacecraft, Osiris-Rex, successfully touched down on Asteroid Bennu to collect rocks and dirt from the surface, to bring back to Earth.The meticulously planned move, which lasted just a few seconds had been planned for many months."The team is exuberant; emotions are high; everyone is really proud," said principal investigator Dante Lauretta from the University of Arizona, Tucson.Scientists will be kept on tenterhooks for three years, awaiting Osiris-Rex's return to Earth so they can study the rock samples. Source link
RSPB Snettisham: Knot create murmuration over The Wash
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RSPB Snettisham: Knot create murmuration over The Wash

One of the most spectacular wildlife events in the UK takes place on the Norfolk coast, as tens of thousands of knot arrive from Arctic Canada and Iceland for their winter roost.To see them is "just an extraordinary experience," said photographer and RSPB Snettisham reserve volunteer Les Bunyan.“It's not just what you're looking at, it's also the sound you have to appreciate. When you get tens of thousands of birds flying around you – they make a lot of noise."Knot undertake one of the longest migrations of any animal from their Arctic breeding grounds to the coasts and estuaries of Europe, Africa and Australia, where they spend the winter feasting on invertebrates. Source link
Eating jellyfish: Why scientists are talking up a ‘perfect food’
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Eating jellyfish: Why scientists are talking up a ‘perfect food’

Australian researchers recently found that over 90 species of endangered fish are caught legally by industrial fisheries globally.In the wake of the study, scientists have again suggested eating more jellyfish as a sustainable option.Why? Marine biologist Lisa-ann Gershwin says there are a few reasons.Video by Isabelle Rodd Source link
Climate change action sidelined by Covid-19, say young activists
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Climate change action sidelined by Covid-19, say young activists

Some of the UK’s most prominent young environmental campaigners are making an urgent plea for global leaders to take action against climate change - amidst the coronavirus pandemic.More than half of 18 to 24-years-old surveyed in the UK are worried that the challenges of climate change have been neglected because of the outbreak. In the first virtual Youth Against Carbon Conference, campaigners Mikaela Loach, Mya-Rose aka "Birdgirl" and Zaqiya Cajee, warned audiences that global warming could also disproportionately affect minority groups around the world. Reporter: Olivia Le PoidevinCamera: Matthew Sydney Source link
Soyuz rocket reaches ISS in record time
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Soyuz rocket reaches ISS in record time

Russia's Soyuz rocket has travelled from Earth to the International Space Station in record time.The spacecraft, carrying two Russian cosmonauts and a Nasa astronaut, made the trip in just three hours and three minutes – half the usual journey time. Source link
Are wildfires the end of the Californian dream?
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Are wildfires the end of the Californian dream?

As unprecedented wildfires rage across the Golden State, Californians have been bearing the brunt. Faced with an uncertain future, some are rethinking their life choices.Produced by Xinyan Yu and Shrai Popat Animation by Darren Agnew Source link
Prince William launches Earthshot Prize
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Prince William launches Earthshot Prize

The Duke of Cambridge has launched the Earthshot Prize which aims to fund 50 new climate solutions over the next decade.Five winners a year will receive £1m to create solutions to problems in the five categories - nature, air, oceans, water and climate. Source link