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Image copyright Getty Images New York might become the first US state to ban cat declawing. In a bipartisan move on Tuesday, lawmakers voted to make the procedure illegal, except where it is medically necessary for the cat. The governor, Andrew Cuomo, needs to review and sign the bill before it becomes law. Critics say …

Image copyright Getty Images The ultimate limit of human endurance has been worked out by scientists analysing a 3,000 mile run, the Tour de France and other elite events. They showed the cap was 2.5 times the body’s resting metabolic rate, or 4,000 calories a day for an average person. Anything higher than that was …

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Current systems require people to remove liquids and laptops from their bags Passengers at Heathrow airport will be able to keep their liquids and laptops inside their carry-on bags, once new security equipment is installed. The airport is investing £50m in the computer tomography (CT) security scanners, to be …

Image copyright Denis Gliksman/Inrap Image caption A generated image of the prehistoric sandstone plate and its engraving A stone believed to be about 12,000 years old and engraved with what appears to be a horse and other animals has been discovered in France. The prehistoric find by archaeologists excavating a site in the south-western Angoulême …

Image copyright PA The chancellor has warned Theresa May that reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 could cost the UK more than £1tn. The Financial Times reports that the PM wants to introduce the legislation to Parliament next week as “one of her most important legacies”. Philip Hammond has written to her, …

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Goliath groupers make a booming noise when approached We have a long history of trying to use animals as spies, weapons and warning systems, but the latest plans to use marine organisms as motion sensors may be the strangest yet. When a beluga whale was spotted wearing a harness …

Image copyright Kerry Froud/HWDT Image caption The nursery grounds used by minke whales to feed and rest will be protected Special protections are planned for minke whales and basking sharks in their feeding grounds around Scotland. A consultation has been launched on creating four new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) covering 5,000 square miles of sea. …

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Family members place leaves on the grave of a deceased relative who died from Ebola in Butembo The world is entering “a new phase” where big outbreaks of deadly diseases like Ebola are a “new normal”, the World Health Organization has warned. Previous Ebola outbreaks affected relatively small numbers …

A series of glaciers in the Antarctic are being named after the satellites that have revealed the changing state of the White Continent. The spacecraft, from Europe, the US and Japan, have all contributed important observational data which confirms a picture of accelerating ice loss. They include the pioneering American Landsat series of satellites and …

Image copyright NASA Image caption Private astronauts will be permitted up to 30 days’ travel to the ISS Nasa is to allow tourists to visit the International Space Station from 2020, priced at $35,000 (£27,500) per night. The US space agency said it would open the orbiting station to tourism and other business ventures. There …