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'Shocking' human impact reported on world's protected areas

'Shocking' human impact reported on world's protected areas

Science
One third of the world's protected lands are being degraded by human activities and are not fit for purpose, according to a new study.Six million sq km of forests, parks and conservation areas are under "intense human pressure" from mining, logging and farming.Countries rich and poor, are quick to designate protected areas but fail to follow up with funding and enforcement. This is why biodiversity in still in catastrophic decline, the authors say. Global efforts to care for our natural heritage by creating protected zones have, in general, been a huge conservation success story. Since the Convention on Biological Diversity was ratified in 1992, the areas under protect...
Kew Gardens: World's largest glasshouse reopens

Kew Gardens: World's largest glasshouse reopens

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceLondon's Kew Gardens is to reopen its Temperate House - the world's largest Victorian glasshouse - after a five-year restoration. For the first time in its history, the Grade I-listed structure was "stripped back to bare metal" and modernised. More than 5,280 litres (1,160 gallons) of paint was used, enough to cover four football pitches, and 15,000 panes of glass replaced. The house will open to the public on Saturday, 5 May.The vast greenhouse is now home to a geographically arranged collection of 10,000 plants from of temperate climates around the world - areas sometimes described as "the Goldilocks zone" of the planet, where plants are safe from frost. These include some of the rarest and most threatened specimens, for which the botanic garde...
US soldier gets world's first penis and scrotum transplant

US soldier gets world's first penis and scrotum transplant

Health
A team of US doctors has successfully carried out the world's first total transplant of a penis and scrotum.Surgeons at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, performed the operation on a soldier who had been wounded by a bomb in Afghanistan.They used a penis, scrotum and partial abdominal wall transplanted from a deceased donor.They say the soldier should be able to regain sexual function, which is impossible with penis reconstructions.The team of 11 surgeons performed the transplant over 14 hours on 26 March.It is the first surgery on a combat veteran injured on duty and the first to transplant a complete section of tissue including the scrotum and surrounding abdominal area. Doctors said the donor testicles were not transplanted, due to ethical considerations."While extremity ...
World's last male northern white rhino, Sudan, dies

World's last male northern white rhino, Sudan, dies

Technology
The world's last male northern white rhino, Sudan, has died after "age-related complications," researchers announced Tuesday, saying he "stole the heart of many with his dignity and strength." A statement from the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya said the 45-year-old rhino was euthanized on Monday after his condition "worsened significantly" and he was no longer able to stand. His muscles and bones had degenerated and his skin had extensive wounds, with a deep infection on his back right leg. The rhino had been part of an ambitious effort to save the subspecies from extinction after decades of decimation by poachers, with the help of the two surviving females. One is his daughter, Najin, and the other is her daughter, Fatu. His death won't have an impact on the efforts to save the subspecie...
Rhian Sugden shows off EVERY curve in world's tightest swimsuit

Rhian Sugden shows off EVERY curve in world's tightest swimsuit

Entertainment
The former Page 3 model showed off her fabulous figure in a saucy Daffy Duck swimming costume.Rhian, 31, smouldered into the camera as she let her body do the talking.RHIAN SUGDEN NEWS: STAR WOWS IN SHEER UNDIES AND SUSPENDERSShe teamed her racy swimwear with immaculate makeup, which accentuated her natural beauty.Meanwhile, she wore her golden locks straight and resting just above her assets.JJSIZZLING: Rhian wowed as she showed off her body in her saucy swimwearRhian Sugden's sexiest pictures Former page 3 babe Rhian Sugden strips down to some of the sexiest lingerie we have ever seen.JJSHEER DELIGHT: The former Page 3 model also posed in a see-through bra this week “Holy duck” Rhian, who is engaged to actor Oliver Mellor, captioned the post: "Dessssspicable #Daf