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Fossil shark named after 80s video game

Image copyright Velizar Simeonovski, Field MuseumImage caption Artwork: Galagadon was a freshwater shark from the time of the dinosaurs A newly discovered species of ancient shark has been named after a 1980s arcade game. The shark swam in the rivers of what is now South Dakota, US, about 67 million years ago, living alongside iconic […]

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In pictures: ‘Super blood wolf moon’

Image copyright ReutersImage caption The start of the total lunar eclipse seen in San Diego, California Stargazers have been scanning the skies for sightings of a highly unusual lunar eclipse, which began on Sunday night. During the spectacle, known as a “super blood wolf moon”, the moon appears to glow red while seeming brighter and […]

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Skywatchers await ‘super blood wolf moon’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionElizabeth Rizzini explains the “super blood wolf moon” – and forecasts the weather for UK skywatchers on Monday Skywatchers are gearing up for a lunar eclipse, which some are referring to as a “super blood wolf moon”. During the spectacular event, the Earth’s natural satellite turns a […]

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Saturn’s spectacular rings are ‘very young’

Image copyright Cassini Imaging Team/SSI/JPL/ESA/NASAImage caption The end phases of the mission should yield new information about Saturn’s interior We’re looking at Saturn at a very special time in the history of the Solar System, according to scientists. They’ve confirmed the planet’s iconic rings are very young – no more than 100 million years old, […]

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Swimming with sharks

Image copyright Reuters A team of divers has had a close encounter with one of the biggest great white sharks on record – and lived to tell the tale. Some of the divers came so close to the female shark in the waters off Hawaii that they were able to touch it. The shark, nearly […]

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World’s coffee under threat, say experts

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption We drink two coffees out of more than 100 types growing naturally The first full assessment of risks to the world’s coffee plants shows that 60% of 124 known species are on the edge of extinction. More than 100 types of coffee tree grow naturally in forests, including two used […]