Science

Humans are naturally able to understand many of the signs – or gestures – that wild chimpanzees and bonobos use to communicate with one another, new research suggests. Scientists from the University of St Andrews, who study communication in chimps and bonobos, tested people’s ability to translate the animals gestures in a video playback experiment.
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The Louisiana coastal wetlands are being washed away, leaving the region more vulnerable to hurricanes and flooding. Now, restaurants in New Orleans are recycling their oyster shells so they can be used to build sea walls. For more positive stories listen to the People Fixing the World podcast. A video by Anna Adams and Richard
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An 18-year-old silverback gorilla is settling into his new home at ZSL London Zoo. Kiburi is a critically endangered western lowland who weighs 193kg. He was transported from Zoo Loro Parque in Tenerife to London’s Heathrow Airport, before arriving at his new enclosure in the Gorilla Kingdom. He was moved as part of an international
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An uncrewed Blue Origin mission came to an abrupt end when the capsule’s emergency escape system was triggered by a failure on its booster rocket. The capsule was carrying a payload of research items and returned to Earth, though the New Shepherd rocket “impacted the ground” according to the company. The Federal Aviation Administration, which
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Throughout August, wildfires raged across parts of China, triggered by a record long heatwave and drought. Thousands of firefighters were mobilised across the country. Around the south-western city of Chongqing, which was one of the worst-hit areas, local off-road motorcyclists joined the effort, transporting emergency workers and essential supplies to areas that were otherwise hard
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