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Two killer whale types in UK waters
5 Jan 2010 source: bbc.co.uk

Scientists have revealed that there is not one but two types of killer whale living in UK waters. Each differs in its appearance and diet, with males of one type being almost two metres longer than the other. The killer whales could be at an early stage of becoming two separate species, the researchers say. The international group of scientists has published its results in the journal Molecular Ecology. "It's exciting to think about two very different types of killer whale in the wate ...


Giant Amazon fish 'under threat'
4 Jan 2010 source: bbc.co.uk

The arapaima, a giant species of fish that lurks in the Amazon river, may be threatened by overfishing. Studies reveal that errors in the classification of the species could mean that it is being pushed closer to the edge of extinction than thought. The arapaima is the largest freshwater fish with scales in the world. But there may actually be four species rather than one, say scientists, and a lack of research and management may allow some to be fished to extinction. The threat to the fut ...


Charts galore
1 Jan 2010 source: bbc.co.uk

Take a look at the list of the UK's top 10 grossing films of the 2000s below, and there is a striking theme. All of them are adaptations - of a novel, of a musical or a theme park ride. The story is the same at the global box office, too, save for one notable exception - animated sequel Shrek 2. But while Hollywood's reliance on franchise fare is nothing new, these charts also reveal how CGI defined popular cinema in the 2000s. The Lord Of The Rings populated its battle scenes with digital ...

 

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