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Life after death: how we hatched live shark pups from dead parents | Science

Six years ago, researchers asked a radical question: could eggcases taken from trawler-caught sharks still hatch live, healthy young? An 8-9 week-old shark embryo in an eggcase. Photograph: Greg Nowell.Back in December 2012, I met up with Greg Nowell, co-founder of Sharklab-Malta, a non-profit NGO founded in

Owl Sense by Miriam Darlington – review | Books

The author’s mission to track down all 13 species of owl in Europe seems less a labour of love than a book-writing exercise ‘Fairly easily ticked off’: the tawny owl. Photograph: Alamy Stock PhotoOne darkish evening not so long ago, the nature writer Miriam Darlington stood in

Should we give up half of the Earth to wildlife? | Environment

Populations of all kinds of wildlife are declining at alarming speed. One radical solution is to make 50% of the planet a nature reserve The total number of orangutans in Borneo has fallen to less than 100,000, half what it was in 1995. Photograph: Ralph Lee Hopkins/Getty

Want to monitor air pollution? Test a pigeon | Environment

Feral pigeons are exposed to the same environmental factors as humans, so help explore the affect of contaminants, say researchers A study in Manhattan found that lead levels in pigeons’ blood were linked to the rate of children with raised blood lead levels. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/REUTERSPigeons might