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Pangolins: Rare insight into world's most trafficked mammal

Pangolins: Rare insight into world's most trafficked mammal

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device The secret life of the world's most trafficked mammal, the pangolin, has been caught on camera in Africa.Footage gives a rare insight into the behaviour of the giant pangolin, the largest of all the scaly animals.Observed by remote-operated cameras, a baby takes a ride on its mother's back, while an adult climbs a tree.Scientists are releasing the footage to highlight the plight of the animals, which are being pushed to extinction by illegal hunting for scales and meat.Large numbers of their scales have been seized this month alone, including Malaysia's biggest-ever interception of smuggled pangolin products.The images and video clips of giant pangolins, one of four species in Africa, were taken at ...
Rare Bryde's whale washes ashore in Everglades National Park

Rare Bryde's whale washes ashore in Everglades National Park

Science
Feb. 1 (UPI) -- The carcass of a rare Bryde's whale washed ashore in the Everglades this week. According to a Twitter post by Everglades National Park, the deceased whale was recovered on Wednesday and taken to Flamingo, the park's southernmost headquarters. Scientists with the Federal Marine Mammal Stranding Network performed a necropsy but were unable to determine a cause of death. The whale that washed ashore was a young adult male. He measured 38 feet in length. "The species is the only year-round resident baleen whale in the Gulf of Mexico," the park's Twitter account announced in an update. They are the only resident baleen whale in the Gulf of Mexico and are distinct from Bryde's whales worldwide. The species, Balaenoptera brydei, is a member of the "great whales," or rorquals, the...
Sightings suggest rare angel sharks are living off the coast of Wales

Sightings suggest rare angel sharks are living off the coast of Wales

Science
Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Numerous sightings suggest a population of Atlantic angel sharks, one of the world's rarest shark species, is living off the coast of Wales. The waters surrounding Spain's Canary Islands are the only confirmed safe haven for the endangered species, Squatina squatina. But sightings on several fishing boats suggest there are several angel sharks living just off the Welsh coast. In recent years, a few fishing boats have accidentally caught angel shark specimens. The flat-shaped bottom-dweller was once abundant in the Atlantic and Mediterranean, but the population shrank as a result of habitat disturbance and pollution. Many angel sharks were also accidentally caught and killed by commercial fishing boats using gill nets. The species, a member of a unique and ancient shark li...
Hackers hijack Ethereum Classic blockchain in rare '51% attack'

Hackers hijack Ethereum Classic blockchain in rare '51% attack'

Technology
Unknown hackers may have successfully hijacked the Ethereum Classic blockchain through a rare so-called "51% attack". Cryptocurrency exchanges including Coinbase have frozen trading of the token amid fears that the exceptionally rare blockchain attack has been executed.According to Coinbase, the reorganisation of the blockchain has led to the attacker taking control of tokens worth almost £400,000.Dr Patrick McCorry, assistant professor of computer science at King's College London, told Sky News it was important to distinguish Ethereum - the second-largest cryptocurrency behind Bitcoin - and Ethereum Classic, which is in the top 20 and split from Ethereum in 2015."The underlying technology of a cryptocurrency, the blockchain, is responsible for recording all transactio...