Scientists: Why we should appreciate wasps

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists have put together a map of the UK’s wasp population, showing the distribution of key species. Data recorded by volunteers gives an insight into where wasps are living in the nation’s grasslands, woodlands and towns. The researchers say wasps are a much maligned insect, which deserve more attention. Rather than […]

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Compassionate conservation is ‘seriously flawed’

Image caption Should brown rats be allowed to breed and multiply without their numbers being controlled? The idea that you cannot kill any animal is “fatally flawed” as a conservation concept, scientists argue. Conservation measures should concentrate on species or habitats rather than individual animals, they observe. Invasive species, they argue, often require mass culling […]

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Climate change: Will India’s election energy lead to CO2 rise?

Image caption India’s CO2 emissions is predicted to roughly double by 2040 India’s major political parties competing in the ongoing general elections have pledged free electricity to farmers, ambitious infrastructure projects and rapid expansion of the manufacturing sector. What impact could this have on carbon emissions in India, already the world’s third largest CO2 producer? […]

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Medieval manuscript code unlocked by Bristol academic

Image copyright PA Image caption The Voynich manuscript is written in the Proto-Romance language A medieval manuscript which countless scholars including Alan Turing had been unable to decode has been deciphered by an academic at Bristol University. The Voynich manuscript is a handwritten and illustrated text carbon-dated to the mid-15th Century. The document is housed […]

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