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German-UK team maintains Galileo success

German-UK team maintains Galileo success

Image copyright ESA Image caption The work order provides leeway should any existing satellites experience failure Eight new satellites have been ordered for Galileo – Europe’s global positioning system. As before, they will be made by the German-UK consortium comprising OHB-System of Bremen and SSTL of Guildford. The industrial contract was signed at the Paris Air Show on Thursday by ...

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Whale body size warning for species collapses

Whale body size warning for species collapses

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Sperm whales showed the biggest declines in body size from 1905 to 1985 The shrinking size of whales over the 20th Century could help scientists detect when wildlife populations are in trouble, a study suggests. The analysis shows that the average body size of four whale species declined rapidly during the second half ...

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Watched chimps change their hunting habits

Watched chimps change their hunting habits

Media captionNew insight into development of chimp hunting habits Chimpanzees in Uganda may have changed their hunting strategy in response to being watched by scientists. While studying the animals, researchers documented very different hunting habits of two closely neighbouring chimp “tribes”. “Sonso” chimps hunt in small groups for colobus monkeys, while those from the “Waibira” troop hunt solo and catch ...

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India genome plan could boost healthcare

India genome plan could boost healthcare

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Global Gene Corp wants data from people in under-represented regions, starting with South Asia Could an effort to gather genetic data from its population of one billion people help India take the lead in advanced healthcare? India is the land of inventors and industry, spices and spirituality – and 1.3 billion human genomes. But ...

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The power of a billion: India’s genomics revolution

The power of a billion: India’s genomics revolution

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Global Gene Corp wants data from people in under-represented regions, starting with South Asia Could an effort to gather genetic data from its population of one billion people help India take the lead in advanced healthcare? India is the land of inventors and industry, spices and spirituality – and 1.3 billion human genomes. But ...

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Race to the bottom

Race to the bottom

Image copyright Science Photo Library Around the world, countries are claiming obscure and difficult-to-reach tracts of the deep-sea floor, far from the surface and further still from land. Why? There is a long history of claiming newly discovered territories, of planting the flag at far outposts of the known world. In the early 20th Century, explorers raced to the South ...

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