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The African elephant (Loxodonta africana)

It is currently estimated that there are between 410,000 and 650,000 elephants left in Africa, representing more than a 50% decline in the last 35 years. Poaching for their ivory has been the main cause of the decline, at the current rate the African elephant will be extinct in 12 years.

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The blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus)

The largest recorded length for a blue whale is 33.5 m (110 feet), with most being 80 to a 100 feet. At 100 feet, a blue whale would weigh close to 200 tons, or 400,000 pounds. It is the largest animal that has existed. Despite being protected it remains on the endangered list with 10,000 to 25,000 individuals remaining.

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Aryton Senna da Silva  (21 March 1960 – 1 May 1994)

Simply for me the greatest F1 driver of all time (just), an inspiration and a true legend, who won three Formula One world championships for McLaren in 1988, 1990 and 199. He was killed in an accident while leading the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix for Williams, on one of the worst F1 weekends in modern time. Senna won 41 F1 races, had 65 pole positions, 80 podium finishes out of a 161 starts. The award wining documentary ‘SENNA’ captures the essence of the man and is a must see.

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Michael Jackson’s BAD

Bad was Michael Jackson’s 7th studio album. It was released on August 31, 1987, nearly five years after Jackson’s previous studio album, Thriller. As of 2012 Bad itself has sold between 30 and 45 million copies worldwide, was certified 9 times Platinum in the United States alone, and has been cited as one of the 30 best-selling albums of all time. The album produced a record five Billboard Hot 100 number one singles, the first of two albums to do so, the second being Katy Perry’s 2010 album Teenage Dream.

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The Bubble Nebula NGC 7635

This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image, released to celebrate Hubble’s 26th year in orbit, captures in stunning clarity what looks like a gigantic cosmic soap bubble. The object, known as the Bubble Nebula, is in fact a cloud of gas and dust illuminated by the brilliant star within it. Twenty six years ago, on 24 April 1990, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit.

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Zika Virus 3D Model

The award winning Russian based group ‘Visual Science’ has used their expertise to create a 3D model of what the infamous Zika virus may look like. Whilst the virus resembles the Dengue virus in structure it behaves very differently in infected individuals. In February of this year the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Zika Fever an international health emergency.

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The Space Shuttle

 

The first space shuttle flight took place in 1981,with the last in 2011. The fleet accumulated 1322 days, 19 hours, 21 minutes and 23 seconds during missions.Despite the tragic (and preventable) loss of two of the orbiters, the programme and the orbiters are one of our greatest modern achievements

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Glass Microbiology

Glass Microbiology is a body of glass work which has been developed by artist Luke Jerram since 2004. The Glass Microbiology sculptures are in museum collections around the world. The sculptures are designed in consultation with virologists from the University of Bristol, using a combination of different scientific photographs and models. They are made in collaboration with glassblowers Kim George, Brian Jones and Norman Veitch.

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NASA Saturn V

Designed to fly three Apollo astronauts to the moon and back, the Saturn V made its first unmanned test flight in 1967. A total of 13 Saturn V rockets were launched from 1967 until 1973, carrying Apollo missions as well as the Skylab space station. Every part of the giant rocket is used and then discarded during a mission.

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Memo to David and the Cabinet

Dear elected politicians of any sort, please can we address the issues now facing us? Can you put your own self-promotion aside? For those of you who are career politicians and have no idea what the real world is like please ask a colleague who had a real job prior to...

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End of the big dream?

It was conceived on a fishing trip between the CEOs of PAN AM and Boeing. When finally created in 1969 it was the biggest airliner in the world, first wide bodied and 'two tier' passenger aircraft and it ushered in a new age of travel. Nick named the 'Jumbo Jet' and...

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50 Facts about Shakespeare

To commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare we wanted to put together some interesting facts about him, however whilst researching him we came across a website that had already done it and to a standard we could never hope to match. The No Sweat Shakespeare...

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Extraloveable

Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) 2016 has delivered several blows already and this one is also mighty. Prince was renowned as an innovator and was widely known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, and wide vocal range. He was widely...

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Return of the comet

It took McLaren 15 years to replace the F1 with the P1, Bugatti though will be delivering the successor to the Veyron, just 15 months after the last one will be delivered. When the Veyron was unleashed, the worldwide interest was immense, arguable it was the first in...

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The Face of a Killer

The award winning Russian based group 'Visual Science' has used their expertise to create a 3D model of what the infamous Zika virus may look like. Ivan Konstantinov and his team created the 3D model based on their previous expertise working with related viruses like...

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Amazon going to space

It seems like a script from a Bond movie, multi billionaire builds private rocket launch facility in Texas, USA and proceeds to send secretive payloads into orbit, but that is what happened yesterday. Though the billionaire in question hasn't been that secretive about...

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A time bomb?

They are now ubiquitous; lithium-ion batteries. Sony introduced the first one in 1991 and since then they can be found in most electronic devices, supplying energy from mobile phones to even Boeing's new dreamliner aircraft. However even when they were first...

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New Moon Rising

Two days ago for 13 hours it was thought that the earth had a new moon. Identified by the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Centre (MPC) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who posted on the morning of April 27th, that a small asteroid about a metre across had...

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