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Mysterious 'corkscrew' kills dozens of seals on east coast

Scientists are baffled by the mutilated carcasses of dozens of seals washing up on the British coast this summer, each bearing near-identical and as yet unexplained "corkscrew" lacerations.

Vedanta close to Indian oil deal

Cairn Energy is poised to sell its Indian oil fields to Vedanta Resources for £5bn, in a deal that will net the explorer's shareholders a windfall of at least £1bn.

Vedanta close to $8bn deal to take control of Cairn India

Vedanta Resources is set to spend around $8bn-$8.5bn on a deal to buy a controlling stake in Cairn India, which operates the largest producing oilfield in the country's private sector.

Vedanta plotting a move into oil with a £4bn stake in Cairn India

Vedanta resources, the Indian mining company, is set to move into the oil business within the next few days if it can finalise a deal for a majority stake in Cairn India.

Market Report: Investors looking forward to Smiths Group break up

A break-up of Smiths Group? It is worth betting on, one broker was telling its clients yesterday. In fact, Smiths is one of the most desirable stocks on the FTSE 100, and its shareholders can expect to benefit from the wave of mergers and acquisition activity that will soon crash over this particular industrial behemoth.

Huge ice island calves off Greenland glacier

An ice island four times the size of Manhattan broke off from one of Greenland's two main glaciers, scientists said on Friday, in the biggest such event in the Arctic in nearly 50 years.

Will the Appalachian Trail become a good walk spoilt?

The 2,178-mile slog from Georgia to Maine is the pedestrian equivalent of scaling Everest. So why would anyone want to extend it?

Market Report: Cairn stands firm on Greenland prospects

Cairn Energy was in focus as analysts looked ahead to some key news on the oil explorer's Greenland drilling campaign. Earlier this month, Cairn commenced a widely watched exploration drilling campaign off the coast of western Greenland, with results from the first two wells likely in mid-to-late August.

Mark Steel: Even in Greenland, passions run deep for the Oranje and La Roja

The population of a packed Old Trafford, incidentally, is 11,000 more than the whole of Greenland

Whaling meeting delays decision on hunting by a year

Native people of Greenland have won a long battle to extend their annual whale hunt to humpbacks, overriding objections from conservation-minded members of the International Whaling Commission.

Professor John Callomon: Scientist who made major contributions in geology and spectroscopy

John Callomon was a professor at University College, London who was distinguished in two quite different fields: in high-resolution molecular spectroscopy, and geological dating through the study of Jurassic ammonites within stratigraphical palaeontology.

The Magnetic North, By Sara Wheeler

Inspired by the gift of a Lappish antler bracelet, "more a bangle as the two ends didn't meet", Wheeler decided to make an icy, circular journey: "Siberia to Alaska to Canada to Greenland to Spitsbergen to Lapland and back."

Nature Studies by Michael McCarthy: Warbling wonders in need of a poet

Strange to find a great natural event which has never had its due. Most of the exceptional happenings in nature, from the return of the salmon to the song of the nightingale, from the march of the penguins to the hunt of the orcas, have by now been appropriately appreciated and praised, versified, sung about, photographed, made into TV documentaries and commented upon in hushed tones by David Attenborough. But there is one extraordinary natural phenomenon which it seems to me has never been described or recognised in the terms which it deserves, and that is the spring return of the warblers to America's forests and woodlands.

Satellite blasts off on mission to map the Earth's melting ice

CryoSat-2 to determine the effects of polar climate change
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