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Reticulated python Thelma gave birth without contact with a male

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A python named Thelma hatched six offspring - without contact with a male

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Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. Gillian Orr charts the other species on the brink
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The groundbreaking study has allowed researchers to gain new insights into killer whale behaviour and help protect the endangered animals

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One was found in a bunch of supermarket bananas in London

Cannibal harlequin ladybirds now threaten native species with STDs

Scientists have warned about the unknown effect this fungal infection may have on the already beleaguered native population

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Heavy rain and winds from Hurricane Gonzalo aftermath to hit Britain next week

But Met Office stresses that spell of bad weather is 'fairly typical for this time of year'

Birch Polypore (Piptoporus betulinus) fruiting body, growing on birch log, New Forest, Hampshire, England

Fungus-foraging gangs stripping New Forest of wild mushrooms

They are making as much as £2,500 a day by 'raiding National Park on industrial scale'

Entire communities of frogs and toads being wiped out by ulcer-causing virus

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The vineyards of western France, including the Bordeaux region, are more susceptible to the fungi

Bumper French wine grape harvest clouded by threat of wood decay

Disease which rots vines now affects 12 per cent of vineyards and is spreading fast

Not here yet: the black bullhead fish

Alien species in UK could cause an 'environmental catastrophe' for British rivers

Invasive species impact on the biodiversity of Britain by eating native species as well as affecting human health and the economy

Root cause: Isaac Newton’s inspiring apple tree in Lincolnshire

Campaign launched to protect trees located where historical events took place

As it seems unlikely that the country’s constitution will ever be rewritten under the shade of a yew, it’s vital that we revere the trees that provided the living backdrop to history – and keep them standing for future generations

Animals such as lemurs are under threat of extinction

Reality check in race to curb extinction as only five of 56 targets are seeing progress

The plight of the world’s most endangered animals is getting worse, despite international efforts

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The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
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Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
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What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
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Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
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Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

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Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
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Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

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‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

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History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
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Turn your mobile phone into easy money

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