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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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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Prehistoric Art

This book was launched last year but somehow I only managed to stumble upon it now. 'The Paleoart of Julius Csotonyi' published by Titan Books represents all those small boy dreams I had about Dinosaurs. Julius Csotonyi has been described as a rockstar of paleoart but...

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Picking up your breadcrumbs

Is it really worth protecting your privacy online? That may seem a strange question considering the amount of media articles on internet fraud and theft. However what is the likelihood of your online security being breached? Most attempts by criminals to get us to...

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Kahn Flying Huntsman 6×6

Kahn at the Geneva motor show revealed what had to be one of the stranger concept cars. Code named 'Mission 1', it's a 6x6 version of their Flying Huntsman. It is based on the Land Rover Defender 110 and has a 6.3L GM LS3 V8 sending around 430bhp to all 6 wheels via a...

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