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Image copyright NASA Image caption Katherine Johnson calculated the trajectory for Alan Shepard, the first American in space The street outside Nasa’s headquarters has been named “Hidden Figures Way”, in honour of three African-American women whose work helped pave the way for future generations at the space agency. The Washington DC street’s name is a …

A five-week-old long-eared owl has had a hoot learning to fly. Rusty was born in captivity so needed a little human help to spread his wings. Emma Hill, who co-owns the British Bird of Prey Centre at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, was happy to step up. A few test flights did not end …

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe greater Bermuda land snail is back from the brink Thousands of critically endangered snails have been released into the wild after being rescued from the edge of extinction, with a little help from a British zoo. The greater Bermuda land snail was thought to have disappeared …

Image copyright Getty Images Over the next 31 years, we’re likely to be taking fewer flights, eating less meat, and using far less single-use plastic. That is, if the UK government is to achieve its target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions to almost zero by 2050 – an ambitious plan that no other major nation …

Image copyright Press Information Bureau, India India’s space agency has unveiled its spacecraft that it plans to launch next month and hopes to land on the Moon in early September. If successful, India will be the fourth country to achieve a soft landing on the Moon, following the US, the former Soviet Union and China. …

Image copyright RSPB Image caption Hen harrier chicks were discovered in four nests in the Bowland Estate The hatching of hen harrier chicks at nests on a private estate for the second year running “gives hope for the future”, the RSPB has said. The charity said it found the hatchlings in four nests on the …

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Norman Borlaug is credited with saving millions of people from starvation In the early 1900s, newlyweds Cathy and Cappy Jones left Connecticut in the US to start a new life as farmers in north-west Mexico’s Yaqui Valley, a little-known dry and dusty place, a few hundred kilometres south of …

Image copyright PA Image caption Extinction Rebellion staged 10 days of protests in London calling for action on climate change Greenhouse gas emissions in the UK will be cut to almost zero by 2050, under the terms of a new government plan to tackle climate change. Prime Minister Theresa May said reducing pollution would also …

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMissouri farm in floodwaters Five hundred acres of Blake Hurst’s farm in Westboro, Missouri, are under water. “In the first round of flooding, we had over 150 acres under water,” Mr Hurst recalls. “A lot of it had been planted, so those crops are lost.” That was …

Image copyright Chester Zoo Image caption Prof Steinbach said Indali Hi Way’s recovery was “wonderful news” An Asian elephant’s “rare” recovery from a “lethal” virus has been hailed as a “momentous step” for the species. Two-year-old Indali Hi Way is believed to have made a full recovery from elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV), a Chester Zoo …