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Hopes for AI to stop bee decline

Image copyright World Bee Project Image caption There are 20,000 species of bee, but many are under threat around the world Can artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning help save the world’s bees? That’s the hope of scientists who are scrambling to reverse the dramatic declines in bee populations. Bees are in trouble, but we’re […]

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The 'painted wolves' of Zimbabwe

Image copyright ©Nicholas Dyer Image caption Staring competition: Painted wolves, or African wild dogs, do everything as a group – even facing up to a hyena They are stunning; there’s no question. And the name, “painted wolves”, seems so apt. Their dappled tan and black fur, shot through with flashes of white, dazzles in the […]

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EU moves to protect large carnivores

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Populations of brown bears have increased in many parts of Europe The EU is to allow farmers to receive full compensation for any damages caused by attacks from protected animals like lynxes, wolves and bears. Other expenses including installing electric fences or acquiring guard dogs to prevent damage will […]

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Finland: Where second-hand comes first

Image caption Kati Rossi was looking for a second-hand bookshelf With her daughter and baby son, Kati Rossi is prowling a suburb of Helsinki in the hunt for a second-hand bookshelf. Across the road looms a Swedish furniture giant, but Kati is scouring a huge municipal re-use centre instead. “I don’t want to go to […]