The Government has temporarily blocked two rare George Stubbs paintings from leaving the country, although £5.5m needs to be raised by August to keep them in the UK permanently.
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Wednesday 14 November 2012
From boats bobbing on the Great Barrier Reef, to hot air balloons hovering over the rainforest, and the hilltops and beaches in between, tens of thousands of scientists, tourists and amateur astronomers watched as the sun, moon and Earth aligned and plunged northern Australia into darkness during a total solar eclipse today.
Last Night's Viewing: Natural World Special: Living with Baboons, BBC2
The Toilet – an Unspoken History, BBC4
Friday 20 July 2012
Anthropomorphism fell out of favour a long time ago in natural history films, all that Disney personification being felt to get in the way of a dispassionate scientific presentation of the facts. But you wouldn't have known it from the opening lines of Rob Sullivan's Natural World Special: Living with Baboons. "As with all families, sometimes they fall out," said David Attenborough with avuncular condescension, as two hamadryas baboons tore chunks out of each other. Shortly before, he'd described the troop veterans as "wise old grandparents who've seen it all before".
Sunday 01 July 2012
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Thursday 31 May 2012
Protected birds earn reprieve after sudden U-turn
Monday 23 April 2012
Struggling state shocked to discover it produces dozens of bizarre research papers that no one reads
Sunday 25 March 2012
A bit of a departure this week, to celebrate the British Library's championing of forgotten authors. The jewel in their crown is the republication of the world's first detective novel, The Notting Hill Mystery by Charles Warren Adams, which had been serialised in the magazine Once A Week between 1862 and 1863.
Wednesday 14 March 2012
Vital medical research is being "choked off" because airlines and ferry companies are refusing to bring animals into the country for testing in the face of pressure from animals' rights activists, a former science minister has warned.
Sunday 04 March 2012
Our writer finds in the story of the police horse lent to Rebekah Brooks a Swiftian satire that highlights animal nobility and human awfulness
Thursday 01 March 2012
Ministers will today dash hopes of an immediate ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.
Friday 17 February 2012
The Great Divide is one of several recent books on the deep ecological roots of human history, a trend begun by Jared Diamond with Guns, Germs and Steel (1997). Peter Watson takes some leads from Diamond but goes much further in his attempt to rescue the pre-Columbian world of the Americas from the contempt and even hatred expressed by many at the time of the 2009 Aztec exhibition at the British Museum. One article called the artefacts on display "As evil as Nazi lampshades made from human skin".
Wednesday 28 December 2011
Australia’s saltwater crocodiles are notoriously fond of human flesh. But yesterday it was a lawnmower that took the fancy of Elvis, a 16-foot croc living in a reptile park north of Sydney.
Friday 26 August 2011
When is he due to start? He must be excited?
Wednesday 27 July 2011
Police in Australia were forced to use pepper spray on a kangaroo after it attacked an elderly woman in her back garden.
Wednesday 27 July 2011
Two Australian police officers were forced to use pepper spray to fight off a rogue kangaroo that attacked an elderly woman in her backyard in an Outback town, it was reported yesterday.
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