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UK rhino eggs 'could save last northern whites'

UK rhino eggs 'could save last northern whites'

Science
A UK zoo is taking part in a radical plan to save the world's last three northern white rhinos from extinction.At Longleat safari park, scientists have collected eggs from southern white rhinos - a closely related sub species - to use for IVF.The eggs will help researchers to develop the technology to help the remaining northern whites to reproduce. A back-up plan is to mix eggs from the southern white rhinos with sperm from northern whites to create a hybrid.It means that if the bid to produce a pure northern white rhino fails, at least some of the critically endangered animal's genes will live on.Darren Beasley, head of animal operations at Longleat, added: "Effectively the female rhinos would act as IVF mothers, with embryos partly derived from northern white male sperm."If the procedur...
Damage to pipeline that spilled oil last week in Texas repaired

Damage to pipeline that spilled oil last week in Texas repaired

Business
July 17 (UPI) -- Repairs to a pipeline that ruptured last week in Texas and spilled 1,200 barrels of oil have been completed and the line is back in service, the operator said.A handful of homes were evacuated Thursday after the release from the Longhorn pipeline system, operated by Magellan Midstream Partners. The company said a contractor working on the pipeline struck a fitting during routine maintenance activities, causing the spill."The release, which occurred on the morning of July 13th, was not a pipeline rupture," the company explained in an emailed statement. "It is clear that the release was caused by a contractor striking a below ground fitting on Magellan's Longhorn Pipeline with construction equipment."In an emailed update, the company said repairs were completed and the line ...
Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket scrubbed at last second

Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket scrubbed at last second

Science
July 3 (UPI) -- SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket didn't get off the launch pad at Cape Canaveral on Monday because something triggered an automatic abort just seconds away from lift-off, officials said.The rocket, carrying the Intelsat 35e satellite, was set to blast off at 7:37 p.m. EDT Monday. Mission controllers received an extended launch window into the evening, but the window closed not long after the computer system issued the abort.It wasn't immediately clear why the computer triggered the abort -- with 9 seconds until blast off.SpaceX said the next lunch opportunity could be Tuesday, the Fourth of July.When it is launched, the satellite will be propelled into space by an expendable version of the Falcon 9 rocket, which means SpaceX won't attempt to land the rocket on a floating platform a...