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Moonwalkers

Image copyright NASA Image caption Twelve astronauts, all of them American, have walked on the moon The last US mission to the Moon, Apollo 17, blasted off shortly before midnight on 7 December 1972. Its crew spent three days on the lunar surface, collecting samples and conducting experiments. While China has said it aims to […]

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England could have new national parks in Gove review

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Dartmoor, in Devon, is one of England’s 10 existing national parks England could get more national parks after Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced he is launching a review into the country’s natural landscapes. Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Mr Gove said “the time is right” for a review, nearly […]

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Hawaii volcano: How many people do volcanoes kill?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAerial footage shows spread of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano With its red-hot rivers of lava and clouds of ash, Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has captured the world’s attention. But how dangerous are such eruptions? Every year about 60 volcanoes erupt. Some take us by surprise but others are regular […]

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Dinosaur dandruff reveals first evidence of skin shedding

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An artist’s impression of a microraptor in flight An analysis of fossilised dandruff fragments has given scientists their first evidence of how dinosaurs and early birds shed their skin. Found among the plumage of these ancient creatures, the 125-million-year-old flakes are almost identical to those found in modern birds. […]

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Global problem

In its June issue, National Geographic magazine has published a selection of startling photos highlighting the vast amounts of discarded plastic choking the world’s oceans, shorelines and rivers. Wildlife, particularly marine animals, are at risk when they become entangled in plastic waste, or ingest it. Image copyright NAtional Geographic Trapped in a plastic bag at […]

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Giant canyons discovered in Antarctica

Image copyright BAS Image caption The survey was undertaken to observe a region that satellites cannot see Scientists have discovered three vast canyons in one of the last places to be explored on Earth – under the ice at the South Pole. The deep troughs run for hundreds of kilometres, cutting through tall mountains – […]