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The super genetics of the potato

The cell nucleus of the humble potato is home to an exceptional tangle of genes and DNA. A recent study published in the leading scientific journal Nature has begun to unlock the tuber's secrets. The potatoes we eat are tetraploid,…

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Strolling with sharks

There is a small shark just under a metre long among the coral reefs of Papua New Guinea that does something quite incredible: it walks on land. It is called Hemiscyllium ocellatum (common name epaulette shark) and has very little…

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Dinosaur tracks in a dry riverbed

The worst drought to hit the western United States in the last 1,200 years has dried up rivers and lakes, uncovering all kinds of materials hidden in the muddy riverbed: all sorts of rubbish, wrecks and debris, but also important…

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International Tiger Day 2022

Tigers are the largest living felines and are synonymous with power and agility. They catch and kill their prey with a single blow and are at the top of the food chain. This means that they are not threatened by…

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International Day for Biological Diversity

22 May is the International Day for the Biological Diversity (IDB), proclaimed by the United Nations in 1993 to mark the entry into force of the Convention on Biological Diversity, signed in Nairobi. For several decades now, experts have shown…

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World Bee Day

Today, 20 May, is World Bee Day. The aim of the day is to draw attention to the key role played by these industrious insects, which are being challenged by human activities and climate change. Indeed, bees, as well as…

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World Migratory Bird Day

World Migratory Bird Day provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. This day, proclaimed by the United Nations, is celebrated twice a year (on the second Saturday in May and…

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World Tuna Day

2 May marks World Tuna Day, proclaimed by the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Resolution, which invites all Member States, organisations of the United Nations system, other international and regional organisations and civil society, including non-governmental organisations, to celebrate the…

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World Penguin Day

Today, 25 April, is World Penguin Day, an occasion to raise awareness on and promote the protection of the Earth’s 18 penguin species. It is also the date that the Adélie penguins (the species most widespread in Antarctica) begin their…

 
 
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