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Marsquakes, water on other planets, asteroid hunting highlight 2020 in space

Marsquakes, water on other planets, asteroid hunting highlight 2020 in space

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Dec. 25 (UPI) -- In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic demanded the attention of thousands of scientists, but they had a lot to look in to, including vaccines and treatments for the novel coronavirus. But not all science remained earthbound. Advertisement Many scientists kept their attention on the skies, searching for answers to cosmic mysteries and preparing for the next chapter in the history of human spaceflight. Here are five of the most astounding space-related scientific breakthroughs and discoveries made over the last 12 months. These discoveries have set the stage for even more compelling advances in the year ahead -- a year during which NASA hopes to fly a helicopter on Mars and send its first Artemis test flights to the moon. Hottest picture in space While scientists have insight into...
West African lions don’t prefer national parks to hunting preserves

West African lions don’t prefer national parks to hunting preserves

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March 30 (UPI) -- Data from a massive wildlife camera survey suggests West African lions divide their time evenly between the region's largest national parks and the hunting preserves that surround them. There are an estimated 400 lions living in West Africa, and 90 percent of them are found in a protected complex called W-Arly-Pendjari, or the WAP Complex. The expanse comprises five national parks and 14 hunting concessions in Burkina Faso, Niger and Benin -- some 10,200 square miles of habitat. Inside the parks, the lions are protected and face fewer human pressures, but in the hunting preserves, the lions can be killed. When scientists set out to document their distribution and movement patterns within the WAP Complex, they expected to find that lions avoided hunting concessions when ...
World’s oldest figurative cave painting depicts ancient hunting scene

World’s oldest figurative cave painting depicts ancient hunting scene

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Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Artistic expression is a vital part of the human story, and it's a story that began at least 44,000 years ago. The discovery of an ancient cave painting on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi has pushed the origins of figurative cave painting back further than ever before. The painting was first discovered by Hamrullah, an Indonesian spelunker and archaeologist, while working on a government survey in 2017. After noticing a hole in the ceiling at a cement plant where the survey was being conducted, Hamrullah clambered up a wall, through the opening and shimmied up a tunnel to discover a cave decorated in ancient pigments. The painting discovered by Hamrullah -- and since surveyed by an international team of archaeologists -- is described this week in a new paper published ...
Trophy hunting: Gove ‘cautious’ over ban on imports

Trophy hunting: Gove ‘cautious’ over ban on imports

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The UK will not be banning imports from trophy hunting yet, Michael Gove has told BBC Radio 5 Live.The Environment Secretary said it was a "delicate political balancing act".He said he had been advised by wildlife charities to "be cautious" in following other countries in outlawing imports from the controversial sport.Trophy hunting is the shooting of carefully selected animals, including some endangered species, under strict government controls. Mr Gove was interviewed by former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen as part of a new BBC Radio 5 Live podcast, Beast of Man, which looks into how the South African rhino can be saved from extinction.Clients, mainly from Europe or the US, often pay thousands of pounds to take part in a hu...