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British woodlands are home to a host of weird and wonderful wildlife, including a 'blood'-oozing fungus or ducks that leap from 30-foot trees. The Woodland Trust has released a list of some of the wackiest creatures this country hosts, like a beetle that lives in a cocoon made from its own dung. It has been published after a recent report showed that only 7 per cent of the woods they call home are in good ecological condition. The charity are calling for greater protection of their habitat, so we do not have to say goodbye to phallic-shaped fungi, or bats that cloak themselves like Dracula. Alastair Hotchkiss, conservation adviser at the Woodland Trust, said: 'Now more than ever before, with the climate change and biodiversity crises, do we need to protect and restore the UK's natural environments.'

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Maya is the world's first cloned Artic wolf. The pup was created by a genetics firm that used a donor cell from a wild female Arctic wolf and combined it with an embryo that was grown inside a beagle. The pup was born in June, but the company waited 100 days to announce her to the world to ensure she was healthy following the process.

An approaching storm threatens to delay NASA's third attempt to launch its Artemis I mission that is scheduled to launch on Tuesday. The storm could turn into a hurricane when it reaches Florida.

A robotics expert analyzed the mass of all rovers and orbiters sent to Mars in the last 50 years and subtracted the weight of what is currently in operation, resulting in 15,694 pounds of debris.

The UK government confirmed that it is lifting the ban on fracking this week in an effort to boost local fossil fuel production amid a deepening energy crisis.

Researchers from the University of Minnesota recorded octopuses attacking various prey, and found they preferred certain arms over others when hunting.

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) was launched last November ahead of an almost year-long journey to crash into the small asteroid Dimorphos, which orbits a larger one called Didymos. Didymos and Dimorphos will make their closest approach to Earth in years in late September, passing at a distance of about 6.7 million miles (10.8 million kilometres) from our planet. The impact is due to take place on Monday (September 26) at 19:14 ET (00:14 BST) and can be watched live on NASA TV and the US space agency's YouTube channel.

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Researchers at the University of California San Diego have created a shoe material that starts to biodegrades after just four weeks submerged in sea water, and provides nutrients to bacteria.

A great white shark named Breton is fitted with a GPS tracker as part of the OCEARCH research mission. A map showing his travels through the Atlantic Ocean reveals the outline of a shark.

Apple has today released a software update, iOS 16.0.2, that fixes a glitch that caused the iPhone's camera lens to vibrate while being used in a third-party app as well as a copy-paste popup bug.

Tintagel Castle - a Cornish fortification made famous for being the location of King Arthur's conception - is at risk of collapsing into the sea due to rising sea levels increasing the pace of coastal erosion.

Of the 8,431 species in Great Britain that have been assessed using IUCN Regional Red List criteria, 13 per cent have been classified as threatened with extinction. That includes 440 plants (18 per cent), 232 fungi and lichens (15 per cent), 111 vertebrates (40 per cent) and 405 invertebrates (12 per cent). Since 1970 alone, 133 species have been lost, from ants, bees, beetles, butterflies and dragonflies, to fish, fleas, fungi, mammals, moths, shrimps, spiders and wasps.

Stunning images taken by Andrew McCarthy from his garden in Florence, Arizona, show Jupiter beautifully lit up against the night sky, highlighting its red spot and cloud bands.

Like frosting on a cupcake! Swirls and peaks of Jupiter's clouds are seen in incredible detail in stunning new 3D renders from NASA's Juno probe

At first glance at this photo, you'd be forgiven for mistaking it as a close-up of the icing on a delicious cupcake. But the textured swirls and peaks are actually clouds in Jupiter's skies, which were photographed by NASA's Juno probe. Software deveoper, Gerald Eichstädt, has created stunning 3D renders based on Juno's data, which he presented at the Europlanet Science Congress this week.

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Several of the popular houseplants found in the US, and around the world, contain toxic chemicals that can cause vomiting, diarrhea and even death in children and pets when ingested.


The image was taken more than 264 miles above Earth's surface, revealing Mount Ruapehu's crater lake that sits near the summit and provides clues about a future eruption.

Lead author Dr Maciek Wielgus, of the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Germany, said: 'We think we're looking at a hot bubble of gas zipping around Sagittarius A*.'

Instagram is working on a new feature that will detect if a user has been sent a nude image and automatically cover it up, before giving them the option of whether to open it or not.

A photographer used artificial intelligence to bring stars who left us too soon back to life - creating eerie portraits of Princess Diana, Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, Janis Joplin, Freddie Mercury and others. The haunting and realistic images are the work of Alper Yesiltas, a photographer based in Turkey who created the portraits for a project titled 'As If Nothing Happened.' He used artificial intelligence photo enhancer software and photo editing programs to create the pictures. 'With the development of AI technology, I've been excited for a while, thinking that "anything imaginable can be shown in reality,"' Yesiltas wrote about the project.


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Researchers from Durham University took 4D ultrasound scans of 100 pregnant women to see how their unborn babies responded after being exposed to flavours from foods eaten by their mothers. The results showed how foetuses smiled shortly after their mothers had eaten carrot - but grimaced when their mothers opted for kale. The findings suggest that what pregnant women eat might influence their babies' taste preferences after birth. If this is the case, the results could have implications for establishing healthy eating habits.

Researchers from New Mexico Highlands University say that men with big penises and trimmed pubic hair are seen as more attractive, extroverted, and open to new experiences.

SpaceX originally planned to launch Starship into orbit in January 2022, but was forced to delay following an environmental assessment of the Boca Chica launch site in Texas.

The German branch of animal rights group Peta claims that men contribute significantly more to the climate crisis than women, primarily through their meat consumption.

Apple's latest software update - iOS 16 - was made available last week. MailOnline takes a look at some of the lesser-known functions of your iPhone with the latest operating system.

Researchers from Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology carried out a genetic study to understand the scale, nature, and impact of human migration during the Medieval period. Their findings suggest that mass migration into the UK from Germany, The Netherlands and Denmark during this time may have increased European ancestry by as much as 76 per cent.

The study by international conservation charity ZSL claims that restoring biodiversity could boost wildlife and buffer city dwellers from heatwaves, forest fires and flooding.

Doctors at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in the USA have found that surgery patients require a lower dosage of sedative during their procedure if they wear a virtual reality headset.

A NASA astronaut captured star trails from space in a stunning image taken onboard the International Space Station.

California will begin offering the option of human composting after death thanks to a bill recently signed into law that aims to tackle climate change.


iPhone 14 Pro review: 'Dynamic Island' and the always-on display offer loyal Apple fans a taste of something new

Unlike the notch, Dynamic Island is not a static black obstruction on the screen, but an interactive part of the display, providing quick access to alerts, notifications and background activities without interrupting the app you are using.

The FIFA 23 Web App launches today, giving Ultimate Team fans the opportunity to get a head start in creating the perfect side and beginning their quest for FIFA immortality.

Twitter has lost about nine percent of its 8,200 staffers in the months since Elon Musk announced his takeover bid, as staffers blame the mogul's behavior for their departures.

So called 'forever chemicals', industrial substances linked to a plethora of health problems are rife in school uniforms, scientists from the US and Canada have warned.

The US space agency's $10 billion (£7.4 billion) observatory has revealed the ice giant in a whole new light, after capturing the clearest view of the distant planet's rings in more than 30 years.

iPhone 14 case is put to the test as Apple's £849 flagship smartphone is thrown from a BUNGEE JUMP 60ft off the ground - and survives the drop 

Smartphone accessory company, Mous, put one of its protective cases on Apple's brand new smartphone during a bungee jump stunt at Bray Lake. Mous CEO and co-founder, James Griffith, took part in the terrifying jump, during which he launched Apple's flagship smartphone from 60 feet off the ground. Amazingly, both the smartphone and the smartphone case survived the drop test unscathed.

A new study led by the British Antarctic Survey has warned that the Pine Island Ice Shelf could be more vulnerable to complete disintegration than previously thought.

Social media is abuzz as news of an impressive new feature on Apple's iOS 16 update spreads. The feature allows users to lift subjects out of photos - here's how you can do it.

Archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority discovered residue of opium in eight vessels that are shaped like upside-down poppy flowers - the plant from which it is derived.

Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences studied 1,000 fossilised dinosaur eggs and eggshells, and claim the animals were already in decline when the asteroid struck.

This month, E4 launched a bizarre new programme called Send Nudes, in the hopes of helping people considering surgery make their decision. In the series, participants have their naked bodies scanned using virtual reality technology, to create avatars with their desired body augmentations, which they can view from every angle. A panel of 50 strangers then provide feedback on the changes to help the participants decide whether to go for the surgery. MailOnline spoke to Francis Mathew, a Senior Production Manager at Crackit Productions, the production company behind the programme, to hear about the technology - and why he believes the show does not encourage cosmetic surgery.

Chinese researchers recreated a series of typical accident scenarios via computational methods to investigate how head injuries were affected by collisions or falls.

Researchers from Brown University have found that when woodpeckers drum their beaks against a tree they activate the same brain regions that songbirds use when learning to vocalise.

Whether it's creating perfectly cooked fries and burgers or pouring soda without any spills, robot chefs are venturing further into the $296 billion U.S. fast food industry amid a nationwide labor shortage.

If you've ever searched for something innocuous on YouTube but ended up in a rabbit hole of extreme or distasteful content, then you're familiar with the frustrations of the platform's algorithms.

Salman al-Nabahin uncovered it six months ago while working in his olive orchard in Bureij refugee camp, about half a mile from the border with Israel. He was working with his son when they found that some trees had not properly taken root. The two began digging, before his son's axe hit something hard and unfamiliar in appearance, which the farmer would later describe as a 'treasure' that 'belongs to every Palestinian'.

Researchers from Stockholm University found that wolves show more affection towards familiar people than strangers, suggesting that dogs' attachment to us pre-dates domestication.

Researchers from the Julius Maximilians University in Wurzberg claim there are a whopping 20 quadrillion ants crawling on Earth.

Asteroid impacts MOVED the moon's north and south pole about 186 miles over the course of 4.25 billion years, new study reveals

Ancient collisions with asteroids actually moved the moon's north and south pokes by about 186 miles, scientists revealed in a new study. A team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland used computer simulations to 'erase' thousands of craters from the lunar surface - as if they were going back in time to 4.25 billion years ago when the craters didn't exist. Their work led them to discover that asteroid impacts caused the location of the poles to 'wander' by 10 degrees in latitude or about 186 miles. To put that in perspective, the moon's total diameter is 2,159 miles.

Apple has announced that it has identified a fix for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max camera shake issue and that a software update will be released next week to resolve it.

Researchers at Western Sydney University have found that over 1,000 tree species are at risk of exceeding their natural climate tolerance, including Queen Elizabeth's favourite oak.

The US space agency has released a recording of a Martian meteoroid impact, with a distinctive 'bloop' sound ringing out three times as the space rock enters the atmosphere and then explodes into pieces.

The new prices, excluding auto-renewable subscriptions, will be effective as early as October 5 in all of the euro zone and some countries in Asia and South America.

'Wowza!' Two EXTREMELY rare megamouth sharks are captured on video off the coast of San Diego - only 269 have ever been seen

Two extremely rare megamouth sharks were captured on video by a fisherman off the coast of San Diego this week. David Stabile was fishing with his friends Val Costescu and Andrew Chang about 30 miles offshore when they saw the megamouth sharks. 'This weekend my friends and I went fishing off the coast of San Diego and video taped two of the most elusive sharks on this planet. Here's some cool footage I took of the two Megamouth Sharks,' he wrote on the social network. In the videos, which were shared on Twitter and Facebook, the sharks can be seen slowly swimming very close to the fishermans' boat. One swims closer to the surface while the other can be seen a feet below it, moving almost in the other's shadow.

Archaeologists have found an intact burial cave containing dozens of artifacts that dates back to the time of the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramesses II.

The unprecedented leak includes over an hour of footage showing robberies, gunplay and open-world driving, and was posted on the GTAForums message board over the weekend.

Researchers from Aalto University in Finland have found that simple changes to the current composition of animal feeds could provide calories for up to 13 per cent more people.

The Winchcombe meteorite, which crashed into a driveway in the Gloucestershire town in February last year, is also thought to hold clues about where the water in the Earth's vast oceans came from. Ashley King, a researcher in the planetary materials group at the Natural History Museum, said 12 per cent of the sample was made up of water, and, as the least contaminated specimen to be collected, it offers a lot of insights.

Researchers from Washington State University (WSU) have found a way to 3D-print tools and rocket parts using Martian regolith mixed with a titanium alloy.

The Global Registry reveals that the US and Russia each hold enough fossil fuel reserves to blow the entire global carbon budget, even if all other countries ceased production immediately.

At exactly 00:00 BST on Sunday, September 18, the famous logo changed from grey to black in the UK, as a mark of respect ahead of the Queen's state funeral.

It is unclear how widespread the problem is or what the underlying cause is. However, several iPhone 14 Pro users have taken to Reddit and Twitter to describe share videos demonstrating the issue.

Here are some of the best winners of Harvard's Ig Nobel awards, which have taken place every year since 1991. This year's ceremony was livestreamed on Thursday. The awards are usually held at Harvard's Sanders Theatre, but 2022 marked the third consecutive year of the ceremony being held online due to Covid.

A solar 'destruction event' earlier this year destroyed nearly 40 of Elon Musk's Starlink satellites - costing his company tens of millions of dollars in losses.

Russia said private satellites being used by the U.S. and its allies could become legitimate military targets amidst the ongoing war in Ukraine.

Scientists from the University of Washington and University of California San Diego have developed a smartphone app that uses the device's camera and flash to measure blood oxygen.

Scientists at Emory University have found that dogs visually perceive the world differently to humans, as their brains are more attuned to actions rather than the objects performing them.

The Ig Nobel Prizes were presented by Nobel laureates in a ceremony at the Sanders Theater, Harvard University, last night. The winners, honoured in 10 categories, included scientists who found that when people on a blind date are attracted to each other, their heart rates synchronize, and researchers who looked at why legal documents can be so utterly baffling, even to lawyers themselves.

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A flying motorbike that can travel at 62 miles per hour for up to 40 minutes made its U.S. debut this week at the North American Auto Show in Detroit. The hoverbike is the work of Aerwins.

MailOnline takes a look at the world's most realistic humanoid robots - and what they could be used for in the near future.

A study by Trinity College Dublin reveals a slowing of continental plates was the critical event that enabled magma to rise to the Earth's surface and deliver devastating knock-on impacts.

The exoplanet, located just outside of our solar system, can be seen in several filters of infrared light. This reveals different details of the alien world never before seen by human eyes.

The Switchblade, a flying sports car developed by Samson Sky, has been given approval to begin flight testing. The £145,000 vehicle can reach 200 mph in the air and 125 mph on the road.

Frank Drake pioneered the modern search for aliens by creating the first interstellar message ever transmitted deliberately into space from Earth, with the hopes of contacting alien life.

Adding shredded pieces of personal protective equipment to cement makes concrete stronger and more resistant to cracks. Rubber gloves were found to increase concrete strength by 22%.

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) was launched last November ahead of a year-long journey to crash into the small asteroid Dimorphos, which orbits a larger one called Didymos.

Researchers from the National Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland studied two decades worth of measurements to predict the ice loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet.

Tesla is on a major hiring spree for the teams that will build its humanoid robot Optimus, which is set to be unveiled September 30 at the company's AI Day.

PETER HOSKIN: Cologne - a city with one of the most vast, awe-inspiring cathedrals in all Christendom. And, as it happens, one of the most vast, awe-inspiring gatherings in all gaming.

Astronaut and Marine Colonel Nicole Aunapu Mann will become the first Native American woman in space when NASA's next crew arrives at the International Space Station in October.

HMS Anson, an attack submarine worth £1.3 billion and equipped with 38 missiles and torpedoes, has joined the Royal Navy fleet after a commissioning ceremony in Barrow, Cumbria.

Research from Florida Atlantic University has found that glyphosate, the active ingredient of the herbicide Roundup, causes convulsions in round-worms even at very low concentrations.

Male dolphins form tactical alliances with other males to help them mate with females, scientists from the University of Bristol have discovered, These alliances make up a multilevel society.

Scientists from the European Space Agency (ESA) have created the first water map of Mars, based on data from its Mars Express Observatory and NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Elon Musk has subpoenaed his friend and former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey amid the ongoing legal battle over his $44 billion acquisition of the social network.

The penguin, named Lucas, was diagnosed with bumblefoot three years ago that caused sores on his feet. The boots take the pressure off the sores and allow him to walk with ease.

Internal documents reveal Twitter was set to rollout an OnlyFans-like subscription, but had to pause the product because it cannot 'cannot accurately detect child sexual exploitation.'

Paleontologists are furious about another prehistoric specimen being sold to an anonymous bidder at auction. They say these priceless dinosaurs are being treated like nothing more than toys for the rich.

HMD Global, the maker of Nokia devices, has revealed four new devices and an environmentally-friendly subscription service at IFA 2022 in Berlin.

Field Museum researchers examined skulls of 450 mice and found the ones on the western side of the mountains were larger, despite being genetically identical to those on the east.

Claims have been spreading that James Webb's photos debunk the Big Bang theory. However, these claims are simply not true, and are based on misconstrued quotes and data.

Scientists claim there is a one in six chance of a mega-volcano to occur before the end of the century and as history shows, it would have terrifying consequences for mankind.

China has unveiled its first suspended maglev line built with permanent magnets, which engineers claim can keep a 'sky train' afloat even without a power supply.

A legal action filed with London's Competition Appeal Tribunal seeks up to £5 billion in damages for nearly nine million customers.

The 'wonderful' arrow was found in a melted ice patch in Norway's Jotunheimen Mountains in Innlandet County, on August 17.

Testosterone influences activity of oxytocin - the so-called 'cuddle' hormone associated with social bonding, say experts at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Consumers may soon be able to tell how their weekly food shop affects the planet thanks to new research by Oxford-led experts on the environmental impact of 57,000 products.

The tech giant last night revealed its new Apple Watch 8 will make family planning 'easy and convenient' with an ovulation feature. The watch - which will cost from £419

The return of an animal absent from the capital for more than a century was discovered through a hidden wildlife camera installed by conservation charity the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).

The Perseids meteor shower is expected to peak in the early hours of Saturday, and is caused by Earth slamming into the debris left behind by a comet.

Researchers have looked at the long-lasting effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in April 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico on the BP-operated Macondo Prospect.

Temperatures over 104F (40C) were observed in parts of Portugal, Spain, France and the UK, according to the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S).

Hackers have the capability to exploit a software flaw in the Emergency Alert System in order to issue fake warnings over radio and TV stations.

EXCLUSIVE: The new TRDR Pocket 'Series 2' from Go Games comes with one of three built-in AI 'personalities' - Scarlet, Tony and Julia - which users can chat to while they're playing.

The enormous Space Launch System (SLS) is scheduled to blast into space on August 29 as part of a six-week mission that will see it carry an uncrewed Orion spacecraft to lunar orbit and back.

A narrow current that goes around Antarctica causes warm water to melt ice shelves - floating platforms of ice around a landmass, say experts at Caltech and JPL, California.

Experts from the Archaeological Park of Pompeii have uncovered four new rooms in an ancient house where middle-class Romans lived before fleeing the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

Netflix's games have only 1.7 million daily users - less than 1 per cent of its 221 million global subscribers, reveals Boston-based app tracker Apptopia.