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Lost and found: noisy, tame and very active, Argentina delights in giant otter’s return

“This really is a big animal,” says Sebastián Di Martino, conservation director of Rewilding Argentina, emphasising the “giant” in giant otter (Pteronura brasiliensis). “It can be 1.7 metres long … the biggest otter in the world.


‘Fonio just grows naturally’: could ancient indigenous crops ensure food security for Africa?

With sweeps of his arm, Jean-Pierre Kamara showers handfuls of tiny seeds over the freshly ploughed land near his village in Senegal’s southern foothills.


‘You get goosebumps from the data’: hopes rise for new malaria vaccine

When Annah Kadhenghi had her first child last year, she named him Brighton Ushindi Baraka: baraka meaning “blessing” in Swahili, ushindi meaning victory.


Go fish: Danish scientists work on fungi-based seafood substitute

From plant-based meat that “bleeds” to milk grown in a lab, fake meats and dairy have come a long way in recent years.


Fish leather is here, it’s sustainable – and it’s made from invasive species to boot

Aarav Chavda has been diving off the coast of Florida for years. Each time he became increasingly depressed by the ever-growing void, as colourful species of fish and coral reefs continued to disappear.


The regenerative farm working to improve soil without fertilisers

Lettuces are sprouting, the wildflowers are in bloom and a buzzard is circling above the meadow on a sunny spring day at Huxhams Cross Farm near the village of Dartington in Devon.


Life at 30: the EU project that has saved species from lynx to flying squirrels

“It has been a miracle,” whispers biologist Gabriel Llorens Folgado as he studies a tumble of granite boulders for any signs of movement. The miracle is that Spain’s lynx population has been saved.


Robot-assisted surgery can cut blood clot risk and speed recovery, study finds

Patients having major abdominal operations should be offered the option of robotic surgery, doctors and scientists have said, after a world-first clinical trial found the procedures dramatically speed up recovery times, reduce complications and…


Meet Edris, the big yellow school bus that roams Yemen’s refugee camps

When the big yellow school bus pulled up on the outskirts of the desert camp, eight-year-old Doaa Yehia could not have been more excited. She had not been to school since her family left their home in northern Yemen last year to escape civil war.


Sea-farmed supercrop: how seaweed could transform the way we live

“You can just see the buoys of the seafarm,” Dr Sophie Steinhagen yells over the high whine of the boat as it approaches the small islands of Sweden’s Koster archipelago.


Psilocybin for depression could help brain break out of a rut, scientists say

The psychedelic compound found in magic mushrooms helps to open up depressed people’s brains and make them less fixed in negative thinking patterns, research suggests.


Tax the rich: these one percenters want people like them to pay higher taxes

The sound system played Pink Floyd’s Money as the Patriotic Millionaires assembled in the boutique Eaton hotel in Washington DC last week.


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