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Does Jurassic Park make scientific sense?

Image copyright Universal/Tippett Studio In 1993, Steven Spielberg’s film Jurassic Park defined dinosaurs for an entire generation. It has been credited with inspiring a new era of palaeontology research. But how much science was built into Jurassic Park, and do we now know more about its dinosaurs? As its 25th anniversary approaches, visual effects specialist […]

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How to inspect a nuclear energy site

The International Atomic Energy Agency’s nuclear inspectors play a crucial role in checking that nuclear sites are peaceful. But how do the inspectors function? BBC News went to the IAEA’s labs at Seibersdorf near Vienna to find out. The IAEA officials in this report were not authorised to speak about individual countries. Reporter: Bethany Bell, […]

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Margaret Atwood: 'If the ocean dies, so do we'

Image copyright Angela Dennis, courtesy of Invisible Dust The celebrated author Margaret Atwood has told a conference that humanity’s future is linked to the survival of ocean ecosystems. Commenting on ocean plastic pollution, she said: “Something has to be done… If the ocean dies; end of us.” Ms Atwood was speaking at the Under Her […]

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Trump election shortens US Thanksgiving family dinners

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption President Trump was elected after a tight and divisive race Researchers say that Thanksgiving visits to family members in 2016 were significantly shorter due to greater political polarisation after President Trump’s election. Anonymous cell phone data on 10 million users was combined with voting records to establish voter movements. […]

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Japanese whale hunters kill 122 pregnant minke

Image copyright AFP Image caption Activists have called Japan’s programme “an illegal whale hunt” Japanese hunters caught and killed 122 pregnant minke whales as part of its Antarctic summer “field survey”. A report sent to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) reveals hunters caught 333 minkes in total. The team left Japan in November 2017 for […]