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Gloucestershire man walks tortoise to the pub every day

[ad_1] A Gloucestershire man has started walking Nancy Drew the tortoise to the pub and around town.Jason Smith says the African sulcata tortoise, which is actually male, needs to burn off energy, as in the wild he would ordinarily be looking for a mate at this time of year.The creature has become famous around Tewkesbury, with people loving to stop and say hello.Video journalist: Kathryn Emerson. [ad_2] Source link
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What is ‘blobology’ and how is it transforming biology?

[ad_1] Image copyright UCSF CHIMERA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Image caption An enhanced picture of virus seen through an electron microscope. Spectacularly detailed videos from an advanced microscope are sparking a biology "revolution", scientists say.The technique was once termed "blobology" because its images were so indistinct.But now, it is being used to create videos of the body's inner-workings at a hitherto unseen level of detail.This new view inside the body is likely
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Titanic sub dive reveals parts are being lost to sea

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe wreck sits 3.8km (2.4 miles) down at the bottom of the Atlantic ocean The first people to dive down to the Titanic in nearly 15 years say some of the wreck is deteriorating rapidly.Over the course of five submersible dives, an international team of deep-sea explorers surveyed the sunken ship, which lies 3,800m down in the Atlantic.While parts of the
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Does the future of farming exist beneath city streets?

[ad_1] In a disused air raid shelter under London one company is growing salad crops, but what are the benefits, and drawbacks of vertical farming?We travelled to Growing Underground in Clapham to meet one of the founders, Richard Ballard.Video journalist: Alex DackevychFor more Focus on Farming content, visit our web page at www.bbc.co.uk/focusonfarming [ad_2] Source link
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G7 summit: Inside the climate activist training camp

[ad_1] Climate activists are gathering in Biarritz, France, ahead of the G7 summit this weekend - and they are likely to know what they're doing.The campaign groups ANV, Alternatiba and Friends of the Earth have held a joint training camp for more than 1,000 activists to share effective tactics for non-violent protest.But is it irresponsible to teach civil disobedience? [ad_2] Source link
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Former Farc rebels become eco-warriors to stop deforestation in the Amazon

[ad_1] Former Farc rebels in Colombia, who spent decades fighting the government over land and power, have reinvented themselves as eco-warriors protecting the Amazon rainforest from illegal logging. According to the government, deforestation in the Colombian Amazon rose by 60% between 2015 and 2018.The rainforest had been a no-go area during the conflict, but illegal logging has soared since a peace deal in 2016.Video produced by Trystan Young and Sophie
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Fracking: UK shale reserves may be smaller than previously estimated

[ad_1] Image copyright Cuadrilla Image caption Cuardrilla have recently resumed fracking for shale gas in Lancashire Previous projections of the potential amount of shale gas underneath the UK may have been significantly overestimated, according to a new study.Instead of 50 years of gas at the current rate of consumption, this new research suggests there are just 5-7 years' supply. But the UK's fracking industry, which represents companies like Cuadrilla, dismissed
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Nasa confirms ocean moon mission

[ad_1] Image copyright NASA Image caption Artwork: Europa Clipper will try to determine whether the moon can support biology Scientists working on an audacious mission to the ocean world of Europa can proceed with the final design and construction of the spacecraft, Nasa says.The Europa Clipper mission will target the moon which is considered a prime target in the search for life beyond Earth.Beneath its icy outer shell, Europa is
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Nasa picks headquarters for Moon lander

[ad_1] Image copyright NASA A Nasa facility in Alabama that developed the giant rocket for the Apollo programme in the 1960s will play a key role in sending astronauts down to the Moon's surface in 2024.The Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville will lead the development of a vehicle that will land astronauts on the body for the first time since 1972.The decision was announced by Nasa's administrator Jim Bridenstine.But
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Elephant protection debate to dominate conservation meeting

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Different approaches to protecting elephants are set to dominate the debate at a key conservation conference starting in Geneva today.Delegates from more than 180 countries are gathering for the meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites). Some African nations are again pushing to reopen the trade in ivory.However others are seeking the highest possible protections for all of Africa's elephants. The