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Tulips from the air: Artist drawn to beauty of Norfolk flowers

[ad_1] Sunlight bouncing off vibrant colour from the UK's largest commercial outdoor tulip crop is difficult for artist Nigel Dickerson to resist.Each spring, for nearly a decade, Mr Dickerson has painted the tulip fields near King's Lynn - drawn to them by the "beauty of colour and the beauty of the space" they provide, he said.The flowers, from Belmont Nurseries, are grown as a bulb crop.This means they will never
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Dame Emma Thompson: ‘If I could fly cleanly, I would’

[ad_1] Actress Dame Emma Thompson has been defending her decision to fly from the US to attend a climate change protest in central London.Speaking to reporters from the Extinction Rebellion campaign group's pink boat, she said did not fly as much as she used to - and planted a lot of trees.Ms Thompson also compared the protest to the campaign of disruption by the Suffragettes. [ad_2] Source link
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Once destroyed by the Taliban, the Buddha statues live again

[ad_1] When the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan in 1996, they imposed an extremist version of Islamic law across the country. They tried to erase all traces of a rich pre-Islamic past and ordered the destruction of ancient statues, including the world's tallest standing Buddhas.Those memories are still alive for millions of Afghans. And now they have become present concerns, as the US and Afghan government negotiate with the Taliban
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Extinction Rebellion: what do they want – and is it realistic?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Extinction Rebellion's attempts to clog the heart of London and other cities across the UK have undoubtedly driven the issue of climate change up the news agenda.But amid the die-ins - where protestors pretend to be dead - bridge swarmings and arrests, there hasn't been too much consideration of the group's actual plans to tackle rising temperatures. As a solution to the "climate breakdown and
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Baby boom for North Atlantic right whales off US coast

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Only about 450 North Atlantic right whales are thought to remain One of the world's most endangered whale species is experiencing a mini baby boom off the US state of Massachusetts.Researchers at the Center for Coastal Studies have announced they have seen three North Atlantic right whale mother and calf pairs in Cape Cod bay.The whales give birth off Georgia and Florida in
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Beresheet spacecraft: ‘Technical glitch’ led to Moon crash

[ad_1] Image copyright SpaceIL Image caption Pictures of the moon taken by Beresheet as it made its descent Preliminary data from the Beresheet spacecraft suggests a technical glitch in one of its components caused the lander to crash on the Moon.The malfunction triggered a chain of events that eventually caused its main engine to switch off.Despite a restart, this meant that the spacecraft was unable to slow down during the
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SpaceX Falcon Heavy launches its first commercial flight

[ad_1] Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon Heavy launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida carrying a satellite into orbit for Saudi Arabian company Arabsat. As well as having its first commercial payload, it was also the first time the three lower boosters of the rocket returned to Earth successfully.The rocket is part of a growing number of launch services at SpaceX, which includes the Crew Dragon that docked onto the
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New human species found in Philippines

[ad_1] Image copyright NAture Image caption The researchers found 13 elements of the new species, including bones and teeth There's a new addition to the family tree: an extinct species of human that's been found in the Philippines.It's known as Homo luzonensis, after the site of its discovery on the country's largest island Luzon.Its physical features are a mixture of those found in very ancient human ancestors and in more
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India eco-school: Is this the greenest campus on Earth?

[ad_1] Image caption The school's surrounding mountainous landscape is almost devoid of vegetation as it is above the tree line Secmol is a school pioneering practical green education in one of the world's harshest environments.Its campus is perched nearly 11,000ft (3,350m) up in the pre-Himalayan mountains along the Indus River in Ladakh, in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The teenage pupils at Secmol (Students' Educational and Cultural Movement