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The only two pandas in Britain could be cloned by scientists in a bid to save the rare bear species from extinction, according to experts at Edinburgh Zoo. Tian Tian and Yang Guang, the bears on loan to the zoo from China since 2011, have failed to mate in their time together and attempts at artificial insemination were confirmed as failed this summer.
To the uninitiated, they may be hard to identify, but these stunning images certainly show the beauty of science.
The winning image, entitled A New Planet, was taken by Thomas Louveau, a post-doctoral scientist in the department of metabolic biology at the John Innes Centre. The image was captured during the process of extracting complex chemicals – known as saponins – from plants.
Following the revelation that English Premiership football club Everton FC is using drones to monitor player training sessions, it seems there's nothing these Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) aren't being primed to do: everything from delivering post (and pizza!) to security, defence and recording home movies and major sporting events.
It's the season when 30 million European songbirds fly south for the winter. Lower profile and harder to study are the billions of insects that take a similar journey. Dr Jason Chapman from Rothamsted Research tells Adam how to study animals that are too small to tag
ST AUSTELL Bay will be the focus of a ground-breaking study which could provide a huge boost to the UK shellfish industry. Using European Space Agency (ESA) satellites, the two-year ShellEye project...
Scientist have found DNA of wasps in butterflies showing that genes can pass between species
Prof Tim Benton, UK Champion for Global Food Security and Professor of Population Ecology at the University of Leeds, said: “As the butterfly example shows, during evolutionary history, if a transferred gene conveys a beneficial effect to the animal or plant, it is often kept for good.
“It does indicate that “natural” GMOs occur, or, in other words, that organisms carrying genes from other species may not be so unnatural after all.”
TNT could be the key to a new herbicide finds University of York - from Horticulture Week
The research was funded by the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program of the US Department of Defense, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Garfield Weston Foundation and the Burgess family.
Researchers in the US and UK say climate change is making it more likely that the world could suffer what are known as "extreme food shocks" - sudden crop failures that lead to rapid price rises. By the end of this century such events could happen in seven out of every ten years.
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