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Fears over protected wildlife disturbed by drones

Image copyright Raymond Besant/BBC Autumnwatch Image caption Fulmar seabirds have been professionally filmed using drones in Orkney Police and wildlife experts are becoming “increasingly concerned” at the number of cases of protected wildlife being disturbed by drones. They say some drones are being flown dangerously close to breeding birds and animals at sites in Scotland. […]

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Pests to eat more crops in warmer world

Image copyright Keith Ewing / CC BY 2.0 Image caption Wheat, a crop typically grown in cool climates, could be hit hard, say the authors Insects will be at the heart of worldwide crop losses as the climate warms up, predicts a US study. Scientists estimate the pests will be eating 10-25% more wheat, rice […]

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Chasing quakes with machine learning

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists have used machine learning to calculate the pattern of aftershocks following an earthquake. Aftershocks are further quakes that follow the “main shock”. They are by definition smaller, but sometimes not by much. This is the first time a machine learning method has been used to work out where they might […]

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What did the dolphin say to the porpoise?

Image copyright Mel Cosentino Image caption Kylie (left) is interacting with one of the porpoises in the Firth of Clyde after becoming separated from his group. A dolphin in Scotland’s Firth of Clyde may be exchanging messages with porpoises. The dolphin, named Kylie, usually makes clicking sounds with a frequency of around 100KHz. But after […]