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Flamingo balancing act saves energy

0SHARESShare Flamingos expend less energy standing on one leg than in a two-legged stance, scientists have confirmed. It may be their signature pose, but how and why the birds perch on one limb has been a longstanding puzzle. Now, a team from the US has shown that flamingos employ no active muscular effort when they’re unipedal, meaning they are also ...

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Climate Change May Force Millions Of Americans To Move Inland

In low-lying island nations like Tuvalu and the Maldives , the term “climate migrant” is all too familiar. Rising sea levels have already forced some Pacific Ocean communities to flee from their homes and there are fears that several whole islands will be underwater  in just a few decades. But it’s not just island dwellers who need to worry about ...

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Frozen 'space sperm' passes fertility test

0SHARESShare Healthy baby mice have been born using freeze-dried sperm stored in the near-weightless environment of space. The Japanese team behind the gravity-breaking experiment on the International Space Station (ISS) say it shows that transporting the seeds of life away from Earth is feasible. Sperm banks could even be made on the Moon as a back-up for Earth disasters, they ...

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Lean-burn physiology gives Sherpas peak-performance

0SHARESShare Nepalese Sherpas have a physiology that uses oxygen more efficiently than those used to the atmosphere at sea level. This is the finding of a new study that investigated high-altitude adaptation in mountain populations. The research involved taking muscle samples from mountaineers at 5,300m altitude and even putting them on an exercise bike at Mt Everest Base Camp. The ...

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Newly discovered ‘intelligence genes’ could be the reason you’re so smart

(Picture: Shuttershock) Forty new genes, which could explain why some people do better in exams than others, have been discovered by scientists. Intelligence is one of the most interesting traits in humans, but until recently, only 12 genes were known to be linked to IQ, according to the Daily Mail. Theresa May denies ‘half-baked’ policy U-turn in gruelling BBC interview Now ...

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Tax plastic drinking straws, firm says

0SHARESShare A waste disposal firm has stepped into the row over hard-to-recycle products by demanding a tax on plastic drinking straws. The firm, BusinessWaste.co.uk, says manufacturers should revert to old-style paper straws, which biodegrade. Plastic straws were described as “the ultimate in human wastefulness” by the firm. It follows news that the most hated products for recyclers are Pringles and ...

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NASA Plans Emergency Spacewalk To Replace Key Computer On International Space Station

0SHARESShare A pair of astronauts will venture outside the International Space Station on Tuesday for an emergency spacewalk to replace a failed computer, one of two that control major U.S. systems aboard the orbiting outpost, NASA said on Sunday. The primary device failed on Saturday, leaving the $100 billion orbiting laboratory to depend on a backup system to route commands ...

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NASA Plans Emergency Spacewalk To Replace Key Computer On International Space Station

0SHARESShare A pair of astronauts will venture outside the International Space Station on Tuesday for an emergency spacewalk to replace a failed computer, one of two that control major U.S. systems aboard the orbiting outpost, NASA said on Sunday. The primary device failed on Saturday, leaving the $100 billion orbiting laboratory to depend on a backup system to route commands ...

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The Desperate Gambit That Could Save A Tiny Porpoise From Extinction … Or Kill It

0SHARESShare In 2016, scientists made a distressing announcement: There were fewer than 30 vaquitas ― a tiny porpoise that dwells in Mexico’s Gulf of California ― left in the wild. With carcasses continuing to wash up, researchers worry the vaquita could be extinct by 2018 , becoming yet another mammal forced off the face of the Earth .  Losing the porpoise would ...

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The Desperate Gambit That Could Save A Tiny Porpoise From Extinction … Or Kill It

0SHARESShare In 2016, scientists made a distressing announcement: There were fewer than 30 vaquitas ― a tiny porpoise that dwells in Mexico’s Gulf of California ― left in the wild. With carcasses continuing to wash up, researchers worry the vaquita could be extinct by 2018 , becoming yet another mammal forced off the face of the Earth .  Losing the porpoise would ...

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