May 2012 Archives
Here's just a glimpse of some of the science stories that hit this week you might have missed.
Solar Impulse ready for first intercontinental flight.
The sad, sad story of the lonely whale.
Teenager invents cheap urine test for early stage pancreatic cancer.
Tyrannosaurus skeleton for sale.
1,000 years of climate data confirms Australia's warming.
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This week sky watchers from eastern Eurasia to western North America saw a fiery ring around the Moon as it passed between the Sun and the Earth.
The event blocked sunlight across a swath of Earth up to 300 kilometers (185 miles) wide, and the effects were most dramatic across the northern Pacific Ocean as seen in this image from Nasa.
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A two-tonne white rhino has been winched by crane into her new home at a safari park.
Eight-year-old Lucy has been transferred to Blair Drummond Safari Park, near Stirling, from West Midland Safari Park, in Bewdley, Worcestershire, as part of a European breeding programme.
In exchange, Blair Drummond will be sending its two-year-old female, Ailsa, to West Midland, in order to avoid any in-breeding among both parks' rhino populations.
Lucy travelled more than 300 miles (483km) to her new home last night, where she was lowered into the rhino enclosure by a team of experts using a crane.
After sniffing the ground for several minutes, she tentatively took her first steps around the enclosure.
Lucy will be given time to adjust to her new surroundings before being introduced to the park's other rhinos - Dot, Graham and their five-month-old calf, Angus.
It is hoped that Lucy and Graham, Blair Drummond's only mature bull rhino, will eventually mate.
Street lighting is changing insect ecosystems in towns and cities, a study has found.
Groups of invertebrates living near artificial lights include more predators and scavengers, say researchers.
The effect could be impacting the survival rates of different species, with long-term consequences for birds and mammals that rely on them for food.
Scientists conducted the study in the market town of Helston, west Cornwall.