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The tooth discovered in the cave sediments of Ngu Hao 2 Cave. Picture: Fabrice Demeter, University of Copenhagen/CNRS Paris

Ancient tooth provides clue to extinct humans

history

The discovery of a child’s tooth in a Laos cave can teach us a lot about an extinct and mysterious group of ancient people known as Denisovans

Purple tomatoes

Tomato delivers vitamin D turbocharge

health

Over a billion people worldwide don’t get enough vitamin D in their diet or from the sun – but an engineered tomato could prevent health conditions by closing the gap in dietary deficiencies

Lunar Plants Research Documentation, Tuesday May 18th, 2021. Placing a plant grown during the experiment in a vial for eventual genetic analysis. Credits: UF/IFAS photo by Tyler Jones

Surprise! Seeds grow in moon soil

space

Brought back by Apollo astronauts, soil from the moon has stunned scientists by supporting plant growth despite billions of years of cosmic radiation and solar wind on the lunar surface

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First image of black hole in our galaxy

This handout image released by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) on May 12, 2022, shows the first image of Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the centre of our own Milky Way galaxy. - An international team of astronomers on May 12, 2022, unveiled the first image of a supermassive black hole -- a cosmic body known as Sagittarius A*. The image, produced by a global team of scientists known as the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration, is the first, direct visual confirmation of the presence of this invisible object, and comes three years after the very first image of a black hole from a distant galaxy. Black holes are regions of space where the pull of gravity is so intense that nothing can escape, including light. (Photo by Handout / European Southern Observatory / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / European Southern Observatory" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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A global team of scientists has captured the first shot of a supermassive black hole in our own Milky Way galaxy

Great Barrier Reef’s summer of bleach grief

Coral bleaching on Stanley Reef, Great Barrier Reef, March 23 2022. Picture: Harriet Spark
environment

Cooler La Nina conditions over summer were not enough to stop mass bleaching events on the Great Barrier Reef as the annual snapshot reveals 91 per cent of surveyed reefs show signs of stress

Gaming and sport could restore maths mojo

28/4/22: Samantha Devlin CEO of The Careers Department at St John XXIII Catholic College with year 6 students Mia Lucas (glasses), Rafael Nicodemus (boy) and Denika Fernandopulle (dark skinned girl) doing a science experiment. The story is about about careers counsellors going into primary schools to try to get kids interested in careers in maths and science.John Feder/The Australian.
mathematics

Online gaming or sports could help those teaching STEM subjects to better connect with kids, as dated methods fail to excite modern mathematical minds and experts warn of future skills shortage

Monstrous megaraptor unearthed in Argentina

Life reconstruction of Maip macrothorax. Image credit: Agustín Ozán.
animals

Boasting terrifying talons, one mighty big belly and a bulky body the length of a three-storey building, this Cretaceous era Argentinian dinosaur was once the apex predator of the Andes

Chopper catches rocket … then drops it

Kids News: aerial view of the helicopter simulation of the rocket recovery, which was attempted for real on Tuesday in New Zealand. Picture: Rocket Lab
space

In scenes straight from the set of a Hollywood blockbuster, a real life helicopter crew in New Zealand has attempted to catch a falling rocket midair – and very nearly pulled it off

Covid jab heroes now beat malaria

In this 2005 photo made available by the University of Notre Dame via the CDC, an Anopheles funestus mosquito takes a blood meal from a human host. The quest for the world's first malaria vaccine appears to have taken a big step. The first results from a late-stage test in seven African countries were released 18/10/2011. They show the experimental shots cut the number of cases of malaria in half in young children. In Africa, the major vectors for malaria are the Anopheles funestus and Anopheles gambiae.
health

The scientists behind the Oxford coronavirus vaccine have now come up with a vaccine to fight malaria which claims the life of a young child every minute

Super koala Jagger to the rescue

Two-year-old Jagger has been bred as part of the Living Koala Genome Bank pilot project. Picture: University of Queensland
animals

Scientists are breeding super koalas with healthy genes in a conservation project to boost endangered populations along Australia’s east coast

Crocs no match in trapdoor plant quest

STALKING: Keeping an eye on us while we were fishing in the Ord River W.A.
environment

Australian researches had to trek for three days in a crocodile-infested WA river to find a rare carnivorous plant that captures its prey with a trapdoor

Beacon to send out message to aliens

Five hundred metre Aperture Spherical Telescope
space

No ordinary invitation to meet the neighbours, NASA’s new Beacon in the Galaxy signal includes plans to mark out Earth’s location for any aliens living in the Milky Way

Major Covid-19 rules scrapped

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA : AUGUST 21ST 2021 - Kids are expected to wear masks under the state of Victoria's strictest restrictions yet.

Frankie, 7 having her mask put on by her mum Tara, to adhere to the new COVID recommendations.

**Tara contact : 0412 650 018**

Picture : Nicki Connolly
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Mask rules have been eased and close contact isolation scrapped in Victoria and NSW, with Queensland about to follow in rolling back Covid-19 restrictions

Spinosaurus’ underwater life was in its bones

Undated : Artwork of 'Spinosaurus' : PicInternet - dinosaurs illustrations dinosaur extinct prehistoric animals
animals

Scientists have scratched their heads over Spinosaurus since the Cretaceous carnivore was first discovered – now a study has shed new light on how the giant dinosaurs hunted prey underwater

Inside tragic final months of King Tut’s life

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs will be showing at the Melbourne Museum in 2011. King Tut.
history

Archaeologists don’t know for sure what killed Egypt’s “Boy King” Tutankhamun but a new documentary reveals his final months were probably pretty miserable

The smells the world loves and hates

horizontal portrait of a seven-year-old boy reacting to a stinky smell, isolated on white background
humanities

When it comes to the smells we like and dislike, new research shows we are the same no matter where we are from. Guess what our favourite is

Star sighted from cosmic dawn

This image obtained from the European Space Agency on March 30, 2022, shows the star nicknamed Earendel (arrow) captured by  the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, establishing a new record by detecting the light of a star that existed within the first billion years after the Universe’s Big Bang, the most distant individual star ever seen. - The Hubble space telescope has peered back to the dawn of cosmic time and detected light from a star that existed within the first billion years after the Big Bang -- a new record, astronomers said on March 30, 2022. The newly discovered star, called "Earendel," is so far away its light has taken 12.9 billion years to reach Earth, when the Universe was seven percent its current age. "We almost didn't believe it at first, it was so much farther than the previous most distant," astronomer Brian Welch of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, lead author of a paper in Nature describing the discovery, said in a statement. The previous record holder was detected in 2018 when the universe was four billion years old. (Photo by NASA/ESA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA, ESA, B. Welch (JHU), D. Coe (STScI), A. Pagan (STScI)" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Mysteries dating back to the dawn of the cosmos may be one step closer to being solved as the Hubble telescope detects a super-hot, super-bright giant star formed nearly 13 billion years ago

Saturn’s rings won’t hang around

Images taken by the Cassini spacecraft May 07 2004, show a wide view of the planet Saturn.  AP Pic/NASA. space planets astronomy
space

The famous rings of Saturn will eventually disappear – and scientists think they know when

Flying dino had two tummies

illustration of a pterosaur. Source: Shutterstock
animals

New pterosaur fossils from the Late Jurassic period suggest these flying predators had two stomachs, great for digesting unlucky prey they gobbled in one gulp

Towering ice volcanoes found on Pluto

This image released by NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute on March 29, 2022, shows a perspective view of Pluto’s icy volcanic region. The surface and atmospheric hazes of Pluto are shown here in greyscale, with an artistic interpretation of how past volcanic processes may have operated superimposed in blue. - Strange lumpy terrain on Pluto unlike anything previously observed in the solar system indicates that giant ice volcanoes were active relatively recently on the dwarf planet, scientists said on March 29. The observation, which was made by analysing images taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, suggests that Pluto's interior was hotter much later than previously thought, according to a new study in the Nature Communications journal. (Photo by Isacc HERERA and Kelsi SINGER / NASA/JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY/APPLIED PHYSICS LABORATORY/SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INSTITUTE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/Isaac Herrera/Kelsi Singer  - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has identified giant ice volcanoes on Pluto unlike anything else in our solar system – and they could still be active

How vampire bats got a blood diet

Pic of the common vampire bat shows the detail of the face and nose-leaf. The bat's heat detecting system is located on the nose-leaf. Also evident are the tips of the upper incisors, the teeth used to make the feeding wound - the bat secretes the enzyme desmoteplase to stop the blood clotting.   animals bats medical
animals

Scientists have figured out why vampire bats are the only mammals that live on blood alone, with a low-fat, low-carb diet keeping these ‘living Draculas’ flying high in the night sky

Mystery lunar sample to share its secrets

This handout photo released by NASA shows NASA researchers opening an Apollo 17 Moon rock sample at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston on February 15, 2022. - The Apollo missions to the Moon brought back to Earth a total of 2,196 lunar rock samples. But NASA has only just begun to open one of the last, collected 50 years ago. (Photo by Robert MARKOWITZ / NASA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA / ROBERT MARKOWITZ " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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NASA has opened a 1972 sealed sample, taken from the lunar surface by the astronauts of Apollo 17 during the last manned mission to the moon

French fungus to the rescue of little penguins

Little penguin close up at Port Campbell National Park. Picture: Darren Donlen
animals

The CSIRO hopes a French fungus will be the answer to controlling a weed that is threatening the nesting sites of Victoria’s little penguins

Simultaneous heatwave at North and South Poles

Temperatures in the poles are skyrocketing.
environment

A weather event has seen temperatures jump at opposite ends of the globe despite the Arctic and Antarctic regions being in opposing seasons

Insect wings inspire food safety solution

Debbie Polley - A colourful Dragonfly at Wook-Koo Park Lagoon (at Oakhurst near Maryborough). I think Dragonflies are beautiful.
science

Dragonfly and cicada wings act as deadly armour against bacterial attack, giving scientists an unexpected blueprint for better protecting our food

Solar storm could bring light show

A coronal mass ejection. Photo Contributed
space

The latest solar flare ejected from the sun could deliver a beautiful aurora light display … and possibly switch off the power

NASA’s new ‘time travel’ telescope

(FILES) In this still picture from a NASA TV broadcast, the James Webb Space Telescope separates from Arianespace's Ariane 5 rocket after launching from Europe’s Spaceport, the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana. - The James Webb Space Telescope completed its two-week-long deployment phase on January 8, 2022, unfolding the final mirror panel as it readies to study every phase of cosmic history, NASA said. "The final wing is now deployed," NASA said on Twitter, adding the team was now working "to latch the wing into place, a multi-hour process". (Photo by various sources / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA TV" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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NASA’s cutting-edge new James Webb telescope has captured the imagination of stargazers everywhere with the magic words ‘time travel’ – but what does that really mean and how can it be?

Eiffel Tower gets a growth spurt

TOPSHOT - This photograph taken in Paris on March 15, 2022 shows a new antenna installed by a Eurocopter AS355N Ecureuil 2 at the top of the Eiffel Tower. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)
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The Eiffel Tower was already the tallest building in Paris, but the French capital’s most recognisable structure just got even higher

Hi-tech hunt for pharaoh’s tomb

‘Mysterious voids’ were discovered in Great Pyramid of Giza. Picture: Sui Xiankai/Xinhua via Getty Images
history

An ultra-powerful scan will be done of Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza under plans to identify two mysterious spaces that could house the pharaoh’s secret burial chamber

World’s biggest spud is a dud

Giant potato found in New Zealand found not to be a potato afterall
just for fun

A couple who believed they’d dug up the world’s largest potato in New Zealand have had their hopes mashed after tests showed it wasn’t a potato after all

Two epic blobs below Earth’s surface

An artist’s impression of the collision between Earth and the object called Theia, resulting in the formation of the Moon over 4 billion years ago. CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech
science

Beneath the surface of our planet lie two gigantic ‘rock blobs’ that are 100 times taller than Mount Everest and could be the remains of an alien world

Octopus fossil found with extra arms

Common octopus (Octopus vulgaris). Wildlife animal.
animals

A well-preserved, 10-armed fossil puts octopuses on Earth ahead of dinosaurs, more than 80 million years earlier than previously thought

Amazon could become treeless savanna

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 22, 2021 Officials from Para State, northern Brazil, inspect a deforested area in the Amazon rain forest during surveillance in the municipality of Pacaja, 620 km from the capital Belem. - Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon set a new record for the month of February 2022, according to official data released on March 11, 2022, the latest sign of a surge in destruction under President Jair Bolsonaro. (Photo by EVARISTO SA / AFP)
environment

Lowering the Amazon Basin’s ability to withstand climate change and sustained deforestation would have worldwide impacts

Aussie weed could be turned into space food

4/3/22 - Adelaide scientist Associate Professor Jenny Mortimer with samples of locally found Òduck weedÓ which she is studying to turn into food for the future at Waite Campus. Picture: Naomi Jellicoe
space

A native Australian weed could join the next frontier of space food as scientists look for nutrient-rich options for astronauts

Explorer’s lost ship found after 107 years

The Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust is pleased to confirm that the Endurance22 Expedition has located the wreck of Endurance, Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship which has not been seen since it was crushed by the ice and sank in the Weddell Sea in 1915.
history

Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton’s ship, Endurance, hadn’t been seen since it was crushed by ice and sank in 1915 – until now

World’s best Triceratops moves in

Friends and dinosaur enthusiasts Anika Ford, 9  
and Max Preuss, 9. Triceratops reveal at Melbourne Museum. The 67 million year old fossil is the most complete dinosaur skeleton ever found. Picture: Jason Edwards
animals

Dubbed the Mona Lisa of fossils, Horridus is the most complete and finely preserved Triceratops in the world. And it’s right here in Australia

Rain could last until August

DAILY TELEGRAPH. MARCH 8, 2022.

Pictured is flooding on Pittwater Road in North Manly today as Sydney is hit by another deluge of rain today. Picture: Tim Hunter.
weather

The east coast of Australia could be in for a wet, wet, wet autumn and winter as La Niña looks set to be here for the long haul

Scientists decode what pigs are saying

Maverick Clark on the family farm, "Splitters Farm" in Bundaberg which has welcomed a bunch of babies over summer including ducklings and a plucky piglet called "Chunky". Pics Adam Head
animals

Not just a pretty face, the pig is a smart, chatty animal with an emotional range communicated via vastly different grunts

Following a funnel-web’s footsteps

The Australian Reptile Park is issuing a warning to the public as recent wet weather conditions followed by hot days this Spring will create perfect conditions for funnel-web spiders to thrive. This means male funnel-webs will be leaving their burrows in search of a mate, sometimes ending up in houses or residential gardens.
animals

The secret life of male Sydney funnel-web spiders is being captured at night thanks to minuscule headgear the size of a grain of rice

Fly your name to the moon

KIDS NEWS: A fully functional Launch Abort System (LAS) with a test version of Orion attached launched e in July 2019. Picture: NASA/supplied
space

Space fans stuck on planet Earth can now register their name and become a virtual passenger on the coming Artemis I moon mission

Seals in hi-tech helmets help Antarctic study

Eight Weddell seals have been fitted with helmet devices to help Japanese researchers survey Antarctica. Picture: Nobuo Kokubun, National Institute of Polar Research
animals

Japanese researchers have fitted eight Weddell seals with hi-tech monitors to help survey the waters under the thick ice sheet of Antarctica

Space junk on collision course with moon

(FILES) This file photo taken on May 13, 2019 shows a view of the moon in Cannes, southern France. - A Canadian astronaut will take part in a lunar mission for the first time in 2023, as part of the NASA-led Artemis project, the minister for innovation, science and industry announced on December 16, 2020."I am proud to announce another first: Canada will join the US on the first crewed mission to the Moon since the Apollo mission," the minister, Navdeep Bains, told a press conference. (Photo by Laurent EMMANUEL / AFP)
space

A chunk of an old rocket is set to leave a large crater in the moon when it hits at 9300km/h after tumbling through space for eight years

Tech exists to resurrect Tassie tiger

Professor Andrew Pask is launching a project to bring the Tassie Tiger back to life. Involves the surrogate uterus of another animal. Professor Pask holds a skull of a Tasmanian tiger and a test tube containing DNA.                      Picture: David Caird
animals

A bold plan to bring back the Tasmanian tiger in just 10 years is fuelling the scientific race to restore the lost species to life

Global warming threat to outdoor sport

Courier-Mail real estate, Home, advertising feature - Ausbuild - The Sanctuary at Warner.



Cropped portrait of cheerful little girl playing football with her family in the park on a sunny day. She is having fun while passing the ball. Family, kids and nature concept. Horizontal shot.
environment

The Australian way of life will have to change unless leaders take greater action now to address climate change

T-rex may be three different species

An artist's impression of a tyrannosaurus imperator attacking a triceratops herd. Researchers believe the Tyrannosaurus rex might actually have been three species of dinosaur rather than one after finding differences in Tyrannosaurus leg bones and dental structures across specimens. They suggest that the larger specimens should be attributed to a new species called Tyrannosaurus imperator (tyrant lizard emperor) and the smaller, more slender specimens should be attributed to a species called Tyrannosaurus regina (tyrant lizard queen). MUST CREDIT: Gregory S Paul, 2022.
animals

Tyrannosaurus rex might have to make room on the dino royal throne, with experts believing there could be two more distinct species of T-rex dubbed the emperor and the queen

Baby ghost shark looks like an alien

New Zealand researchers found this rare baby ghost shark during a survey off the country's South Island.
animals

It looks like an alien from outer space and it’s almost as rare! This weird creature is a baby ghost shark, found by scientists off the coast of New Zealand

Flying reptile fossil has scientists ‘gobsmacked’

Artist's impression of the pterosaur on Skye, by Natalia Jagielska.
animals

The discovery of a Scottish pterosaur shows the flying reptile grew larger much earlier than previously thought – and long before the Cretaceous period when they had to compete with birds

Why kids are better at fighting Covid

Generic photo of happy students in their classroom wearing their school uniform
health

Children’s "innate" immune systems are better at overcoming Covid-19 than adults’ – and another factor stalling the spread in schools is really something to sing about

Giant strawberry sets world record

Israeli farmer Tzachi Ariel displays a 289 grams strawberry that was found in his agricultural field and set a new Guinness World Records for the heaviest strawberry, in the Kadima village in central Israel on February 17, 2022. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP)
just for fun

A gigantic Israeli strawberry has delighted its growers by setting a new world record even after shrinking in the freezer over the past year

New dino study is nothing to sneeze at

Researchers believe dinosaurs caught colds just like humans. They investigated unusual bony protrusions on a young diplodocid fossil's neck. They believe these bony abnormalities probably grew in response to an infection in its respiratory system. The researchers say this is the first evidence of a respiratory infection in a dinosaur, and it is possible the young diplodocid experienced flu or pneumonia-like symptoms such as weight loss, coughing, fever and breathing difficulties or even died as a result of this illness.
animals

An international team of researchers believes dinosaurs caught colds and other respiratory illnesses, just like humans

Blinking star stuns with bright bursts

KIDS NEWS: An artist’s impression of what the object might look like if it’s a magnetar. Magnetars are incredibly magnetic neutron stars, some of which sometimes produce radio emission. Known magnetars rotate every few seconds, but theoretically, “ultra-long period magnetars” could rotate much more slowly. Picture: ICRAR/supplied
space

An energetic neutron star has been busting never before seen moves on the cosmic dancefloor in a ‘mind-bogglingly wonderful’ surprise for scientists

Bad sugar habits are harming kids

Food bans at schools. Alice, 5. Picture: Tim Carrafa
health

Sugary treats are tough to resist – but sugar is harmful once kids eat and drink more than the equivalent of six teaspoons a day. How much sugar do you consume?

Young dinosaur was crocodile’s last meal

KIDS NEWS: Artist's reconstruction of Confractosuchus devouring a juvenile ornithopod. Picture: Julius Csotonyi/supplied/Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum
animals

The mortal struggles of Cretaceous Queensland have been vividly brought to life with the discovery of an ancient crocodile that ate a young dinosaur as its own last meal

Cloned Tassie tiger gets closer

Mounted thylacine specimen, thylacinus cynocephalus (Harris 1808) from Tasmania Australia positioned in front of The Earth of Sydney, mixed media sculpture, Alan Sonfist (Sydney, 1981)
animals

The Tasmanian tiger’s path back from extinction is one step closer after the successful genome mapping of its closest living relation

Teen pilot lands world record

Belgian-British teenage pilot Zara Rutherford, aboard her a Shark ultralight, reacts after landing back at the end of her solo round-the-world trip in her Belgian home town of Kortrijk on January 20, 2022. - Rutherford becomes the youngest woman to fly solo round-the-world after a 52-country, five-continent flight. (Photo by JOHN THYS / AFP)
humanities

Zara Rutherford, 19, has become the youngest woman to fly solo around the world, completing a 52,000km journey with stops in almost 30 countries

International Space Station set for splashdown

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 07, 2011 this NASA handout image shows a close-up view of the International Space Station is featured in this image photographed by an STS-133 crew member on space shuttle Discovery after the station and shuttle began their post-undocking relative separation. - The United States said Monday it was investigating a "debris-generating event in outer space" after astronauts on the International Space Station were forced to prepare for a possible evacuation. (Photo by NASA / AFP)
space

After more than two decades of service as the temporary home of astronauts in space, the International Space Station will plunge into a South Pacific safe zone in January 2031

Row over ‘discovery’ of Captain Cook’s shipwreck

Computer generated image of the wreck of HMS Endeavour, which the  Australian National Maritime Museum believes it has found off Rhode Island. Picture: Australian National Maritime Museum
history

Australian maritime researchers believe they have found the wreck of HMS Endeavour, which Captain James Cook sailed to Australia in 1770. But US researchers have slapped down the claim

Giant ‘sea dragon’ fossil found in UK

Palaeontologists working on the Ichthyosaur skeleton found at Rutland Water August 26 2021 Matthew Power Photography www.matthewpowerphotography.co.uk 07969 088655 matthew@matthewpowerphotography.co.uk @mpowerphoto
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Britain’s largest and most intact ancient ichthyosaur fossil has been found in England – and it’s estimated to be 180 million years old

How many species of trees are on Earth?

The redwoods forest, rotorua, north island, New Zealand. Tall trees. Forest image. Natural landscape image of jungle. Autumn season natural image. New Zealand wilderness image.
environment

Have you ever wondered how many different types of trees are on the planet? A team of scientists has – and it has the answer

World’s most powerful space telescope launched

(FILES) In this still picture from a NASA TV broadcast, the James Webb Space Telescope separates from Arianespace's Ariane 5 rocket after launching from Europe’s Spaceport, the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana. - The James Webb Space Telescope completed its two-week-long deployment phase on January 8, 2022, unfolding the final mirror panel as it readies to study every phase of cosmic history, NASA said. "The final wing is now deployed," NASA said on Twitter, adding the team was now working "to latch the wing into place, a multi-hour process". (Photo by various sources / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA TV" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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NASA has blasted the powerful James Webb Space Telescope into orbit. The telescope will allow scientists to look farther back into the universe’s past than ever before

Fake poop has owls feeling right at home

Funny Burrowing owl Athene cunicularia tilts its head outside its burrow on Marco Island, Florida
animals

Scientists have come up with some clever ways to make burrowing owls feel at ease in their new homes after being driven out of their habitat by property development

Face mask litter a major problem

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 13, 2020, Gary Stokes, founder of the environmental group Oceans Asia, poses with discarded face masks he found on a beach in the residential area of Discovery Bay on the outlying Lantau island in Hong Kong. - The surge in mask wearing during the coronavirus pandemic has thrown up a potent new threat to wildlife due to people thoughtlessly discarding the protective gear in massive quantities, environmentalists warn. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)
environment

Nearly two years since the pandemic began, the world is awash in discarded single-use face masks and this chief Covid protection poses a threat to wildlife and the environment

Mystery object spied on the moon

A mystery object on the moon is puzzling scientists. Picture: China
 National Space Administration.
space

Wild theories – and more logical explanations – abound as images from China’s lunar rover reveal an unidentified object on the dark side of the moon

Great Barrier Reef’s coral baby boom

Professor Peter Harrison inspecting coral IVF colonies at Heron Island lagoon, December 2020
environment

Corals born during an innovative IVF project have reached maturity in time for a reproductive rush at the Great Barrier Reef’s annual mass spawning event

3D printer pumps out a pizza

BeeHex - 3D printer for pizza. People sample the 3D printed pizza.
technology

Microwave ovens were huge when they hit the market, but this revolutionary food appliance prints food using edible paste as ink

Seaweed for cows lowers climate cost

A cow at grazing wearing a methane measuring equipment
animals

Seaweed shows promise as an additive to cut the methane produced by dairy cows, a major source of greenhouse gas

Covid jabs for kids by January

A child, 11, receives the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for children in Montreal, Quebec on November 24, 2021. - Today is the first day that children are allowed to receive the version of the vaccine designed for children aged 5 to 11 years old in Canada. (Photo by Andrej Ivanov / AFP)
health

Primary school kids are on track to receive their first jabs before school returns next year, with the Pfizer vaccine cleared for use

Pygmy hippo birth, hip hip hooray!

KIDS NEWS Taronga Zoo welcomes a pygmy hippo. Picture: supplied
animals

With fewer than 3000 pygmy hippos estimated to be left in the wild, the birth of a waddling little calf at Taronga Zoo is certainly cause for big whoops of welcome

Dino’s slashing tail weapon sets it apart

illostration of Stegouros dinosaur discovered in the Patagonia region of South America.
animals

Palaeontologists have unearthed fossils from a dinosaur with a unique tail they have likened to a weapon used by ancient Aztec warriors

Robotic bird feet designed for drones

This undated handout image courtesy of William Roderick/Stanford University shows the grasping robot that Stanford engineers developed based on studies of birds. - Inspired by how birds land and perch on branches, a team of engineers at Stanford University has built robotic graspers that can fit on quadcopter drones, enabling them to catch objects and hold on to a variety of surfaces. (Photo by William RODERICK / Stanford University / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / William RODERICK /Stanford University " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Engineers have built robotic graspers that can be fitted to drones to help them catch objects and perch on tree branches just like birds

Saving Mawson’s remote Antarctic huts

A penguin walks past Mawson's Hut at Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. Mawson's Hut hadn't been entered for more than 12 months and was opened for the 100th anniversary celebrations of Douglas Mawson's landing. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins) NO ARCHIVING .    THE most significant monument from Australia’s Heroic age (that is what it is called...) of Antarctic exploration will be brought to Australia and be sent around NSW under a new program funded by the Turnbull government. Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg will today announce the first funding for the contents of Mawson’s Hut to be preserved and brought to Australia. Mawson’s Huts at Cape Denison was the base for the Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-14 led by Australia’s greatest polar explorer Sir Douglas Mawson.
history

Extreme isolation on ice awaits a team tasked with preserving Sir Douglas Mawson’s 110 year old Antarctic timber huts

Hybrid coral could withstand heat

Flynn Reef, Point Break. Acropora releasing. Great Barrier Reef. Pic Gareth Phillips, Reef Teach.
environment

Coral that survived multiple mass bleaching events added to Great Barrier Reef’s mass spawning mix so heat-resilient hybrid could be born

Great white an underwater warhorse

ONE TIME WEB USE ONLY - FEES APPLY - CONTACT info@seadragonfilms.com.au FOR ANY OTHER USE***, Underwater cinematographer Dean Spraakman captured footage of a battered looking shark off the coast of the Neptune Islands in South Australia. Picture: Sea Dragon Films
animals

Stunning images of a heavily scarred great white shark suggest a battlefield lies beneath the surface of the ocean

Cold, wet summer Down Under

DAILY TELEGRAPH NOVEMBER 17, 2021. From left Cheyse Hoy, 6, brother Jaxon Hoy, 4, and friend Mack Acheson, 4, playing in the flood waters of the Lachlan River at the Forbes Iron Bridge Picture: Jonathan Ng
weather

Dreams of the perfect Aussie summer have been dashed as La Niña starts to lash eastern states with rain, wind and cold

Fibs all over your face

Pinocchio holding sheet of paper. ISTOCK
science

A new device for catching liars in the act has picked up facial signals that might prove to be more accurate than polygraphs

Assassin spiders dodge death

Kangaroo Island fire. The view back towards Kingscote along the Playford Hwy. Picture: Brad Fleet
animals

Kangaroo Island assassin spiders have been found alive almost two years after bushfires were feared to have wiped them out

Eagle recovering after dramatic surgery

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 16th NOVEMBER 2021 - EMBARGOED - MUST TALK TO JEFF DARMANIN BEFORE USE.
Pictured is Dr Stephen Fearnside (centre) at SASH Animal Hospital at North Ryde in Sydney operating on an injured Wedge Tailed Eagle named Tuross. The Eagle was handed in to Wildlife Rescue South Coast after a property owner found the bird floundering on her property.
The diagnosis is a broken leg which the surgeons will fix with a rod and a plate. Tuross will then undertake rehabilitation until being released into the wild again.
Picture: Richard Dobson
animals

A wedge-tailed eagle is on the mend after surgeons successfully operated on his broken leg – but not before he managed to give rescuers a real run for their money

Russia admits space missile strike

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 07, 2011 this NASA handout image shows a close-up view of the International Space Station is featured in this image photographed by an STS-133 crew member on space shuttle Discovery after the station and shuttle began their post-undocking relative separation. - The United States said Monday it was investigating a "debris-generating event in outer space" after astronauts on the International Space Station were forced to prepare for a possible evacuation. (Photo by NASA / AFP)
space

Russia’s missile strike on one of its ageing satellites provokes outcry as debris causes concern for International Space Station

Snap! Fingertips set speed record

KIDS NEWS: clicking fingers/snapping fingers. Picture: iStock
science

A simple click of the fingers has been shown to be the fastest human body movement by snap-happy physicists inspired by Avengers villain Thanos 

Tiny puggle recovers at Taronga

Taronga Zoo keeper Liz McConnell is hand raising Weja the 75-day-old echidna puggle that was found orphaned in the far western NSW town of Weja. Liz and her team will raise the puggle to be released back into the wild when it gets to around 10 months old. Picture: Toby Zerna
animals

A perfect little puggle abandoned on a NSW property is loving life with its ‘surrogate mum’ at Taronga Wildlife Hospital

Aussie rocket blasts off

The Black Sky Aerospace rocket launched from a site on the NSW-Queensland border on Monday which reached 30,000ft before parachuting successfully back to Earth. Picture: Supplied via NCA NewsWire
space

Australia’s emerging space program has had an exciting win with the successful launch of Black Sky Aerospace’s first rocket

Antarctic penguin swims to New Zealand

KIDS NEWS  Pingu the intrepid Adelie penguin showed up south of Christchurch, about 3000km from his Antarctic home. Picture: Allanah Purdie, NZ Department of Conservation
animals

After his epic adventure from Antarctica to New Zealand’s South Island, Pingu the penguin is released for the return leg

Tiny frog species found in NSW

A new frog species has been discovered in Wollumbin National Park in northern New South Wales,The new species has been named Assa wollumbin sp.nov.
animals

A new species of ‘hip pocket’ frog discovered in NSW has been granted immediate habitat protection – its rare features including males that carry tadpoles in pouches

Big Bird ruffles feathers after Covid shot

Sesame Street brings its Kindness stage show to Adelaide this
weekend, Nov 25 and 26.
health

Not even Sesame Street’s fictional feathered friends are safe on social media, as Big Bird’s Covid jab sets off US Senator Ted Cruz

Monster appetite of whales boosts ocean health

In this undated handout picture realeased on November 3, 2021 by Standford University humpback whale feeds on sand lance in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. - The Earth's largest whales may eat up to three times more than previously thought with crucial benefits for the ecosystems they inhabit, a study said on November 3, 2021. The largest creatures ever to live on Earth, baleen whales including blue whales, humpback whales and other species use filter feeding to consume krill and small fish. (Photo by Elliott Hazen / Standford University / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /  STANDFORD UNIVERSITY / Elliott Hazen" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
animals

Baleen whales are gigantic climate change crusaders, thanks to their huge hunger for krill – now they just need their own natural environment restored

Slave room found at Pompeii

A photo handout on November 6, 2021 by the Pompeii Archaeological Parkp shows "The room of Slaves", an exceptionally well-preserved room for the slaves who worked in Villa Civita Giuliana in Pompeii, a villa where a ceremonial chariot and a stable with a harnessed horses were earlier unearthed. - Pompeii archaeologists said on November 6, 2021 they have unearthed the remains of a "slave room" in an exceptionally rare find at a Roman villa destroyed by Mount Vesuvius' eruption nearly 2,000 years ago. The little room with three beds, a chamber pot and a wooden chest was discovered during a dig at the villa of Civita Giuliana, a suburban villa just a few hundred metres from the rest of the ancient city. (Photo by Handout / POMPEI ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / POMPEII ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK / HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
history

Pompeii archaeologists have found a ‘slave room’ that they believe housed chariot handlers in the ancient city, before Mt Vesuvius erupted nearly 2000 years ago

Covid jab for younger kids delayed

A multi-ethnic group of four children, 5 to 7 years old, playing together on a playground during school recess. They are sitting side by side on two slides, looking at the camera. They are all wearing masks, back to school during the COVID-19 pandemic, trying to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
health

A decision on the safety of the Covid-19 vaccine for younger kids is coming soon – but the delay likely means most primary aged children won’t have access to the jab until next year

Space nappies solve leaky toilet problem

The crew for the second long-duration SpaceX Crew Dragon mission to the International Space Station, NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2, are pictured during a training session at the SpaceX training facility in Hawthorne, California. From left are, Mission Specialist Thomas Pesquet of the (ESA (European Space Agency); Pilot Megan McArthur of NASA; Commander Shane Kimbrough of NASA; and Mission Specialist Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
space

Astronauts will head home to Earth in special ‘undergarments’ after the toilet on their SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule sprung a leak and was ruled out of order

Raven attacks delivery drone in Aussie capital

A PIONEERING drone delivery programme in Australia’s capital has been suspended after coming under attack by ravens., Picture: Benjamin Anthony Roberts via Storyful
technology

A battle of nature against the machine saw one riled up raven attempt to rumble a delivery drone in the skies above Canberra

Jupiter’s gigantic storm captured in infra-red

KIDS NEWS: JUPITER: Jupiter’s banded appearance is created by the cloud-forming “weather layer.” This composite image shows views of Jupiter in (left to right) infrared and visible light taken by the Gemini North telescope and NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, respectively.
Credits: International Gemini Observatory/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/NASA/ESA, M.H. Wong and I. de Pater (UC Berkeley) et al.
space

Spectacular infra-red images of Jupiter’s atmosphere taken by NASA’s Juno spacecraft have been revealed as fresh data shows the Great Red Spot storm extends hundreds of kilometres below its clouds

Earliest evidence dinos lived in herds

The breeding ground of a herd of the Jurassic Period Patagonian plant-eating dinosaur Mussaurus patagonicus is seen in an undated artist's rendition.  Jorge Gonzalez/Handout via REUTERS
animals

An extraordinary fossil site in ­the South American region of Patagonia has provided the earliest evidence of dinosaurs living in herds

‘Weird’ signal excites alien hunters

The CSIRO Parkes Observatory is seen ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, 380km west of Sydney, Friday, July 19, 2019. The Parkes Observatory (also known informally as "The Dish" is a radio telescope observatory, located 20 kilometres north of the town of Parkes, New South Wales, Australia. It was one of several radio antennae used to receive live television images of the Apollo 11 moon landing, on July 20 1969. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING
space

The world’s extraterrestrial search community was sent into a frenzy when Australia’s famous Parkes radio telescope picked up a surprise signal from beyond our solar system

Ivory trade leads to tuskless elephants

Tuskless elephants in the Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. Source: ElephantVoices
animals

Humans have sped up evolution in Mozambique where ivory hunters have caused an increase in the proportion of female elephants born without tusks

Billionaire’s plan to build new space station

This artist's illustration courtesy of Blue Origin obtained October 25, 2021, shows the core module of Orbital Reef. - Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin on October 25, 2021 announced it wants to launch a space station that will house up to 10 people in the second half of the decade, as the race to commercialize the cosmos heats up. "Orbital Reef," described in a press statement as a mixed use business park in space that will support microgravity research and manufacturing, is a joint venture with Sierra Space and has the support of Boeing and Arizona State University. (Photo by Handout / BLUE ORIGIN / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /Blue Origin " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
space

As the International Space Station heads towards retirement age, billionaire Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin has announced its hopes of building a futuristic space station for business

Greenhouse gas levels hit record high

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 23, 2017 a Ford Bronco rests in floodwaters on February 22, 2017, in the Rock Springs area of San Jose, California. - Rising global temperature, rising sea levels, intensification of extreme events... The publication of the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is scheduled on August 9. (Photo by NOAH BERGER / AFP)
environment

The UN has issued a strong challenge to global leaders ahead of the COP26 summit, warning that greenhouse gas levels remain too high to meet temperature targets

Top price of $10 million paid for triceratops

(FILES) This file photo taken on August 31, 2021 shows a triceratops exposed ahead of its auction sale at Drouot auction house in October. - "Big John", the largest known triceratops, over 66 million years old and with an 8-metre long skeleton, will be auctioned on October 21, 2021 at Hotel Drouot. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)
animals

The preserved skeleton of a 66-million-year-old herbivore has set a new record price for triceratops sales, after a private American collector paid big bucks for ‘Big John’

Case of mistaken dino identity

New vego dino from University of Queensland. For Kids News
animals

A dinosaur thought to be the biggest meat eater of its time has been reclassified as a timid vegetarian after a footprint found in Queensland was re-examined

Play influences kids’ career choices

Five kids standing with hands together, each one with a unique profession: policeman, sailor, firefighter, nurse and builder. Studio shot, isolated on white.
humanities

An Australian researcher wants toy shops to go gender neutral to help girls and boys break free of traditional gender roles when choosing jobs as adults

Sword from Crusades salvaged at sea

A picture taken on October 19, 2021, shows an ancient one-meter-long sword that experts say dates back to the Crusader-era and is believed to have belonged to a Crusader, displayed at the beach in the Israeli seaport of Caesarea, some days after being discovered by a local diver. (Photo by Jack GUEZ / AFP)
history

Diver recovers a stunningly preserved ancient relic off the coast of Israel, from the dangerous days of knights, armour and swords

Lava flow makes Spanish island bigger

TOPSHOT - In this handout photograph taken and released by the Spanish Military Emergency Unit (UME) on October 16, 2021, members of the GIETMA (Technological and Environmental Emergencies Intervention Group) of the UME monitor the evolution of a new lava flow, following the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, on the Canary island of La Palma. - There is no prospect of the volcanic eruption in Spain's Canary Islands ending "in the short or medium term", experts said on October 13, 2021 after three-and-a-half weeks of activity. (Photo by Luismi Ortiz / UME / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / LUISMI ORTIZ  / SPANISH MILITARY UNIT (UME) " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
geography

Satellite imagery shows molten rock has extended the size of La Palma’s western shore as volcanic eruptions continue