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How much life is hiding under Siberia's ice sheet?

For more than 12,000 years the mummified remains of a gigantic woolly mammoth has lain trapped under Siberia’s permafrost. Now, as a result of climate change, it has been released from the frozen ground.

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Why do bees die when they sting you?

Honeybees sting when they perceive a threat to their hive – but they pay a high price for this act of self-defence. That’s because a honeybee’s stinger is composed of two spiked hooks. When it stings, these hooks pierce the unlucky victim’s skin.

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Have you seen these green birds flying over Britain?

Seen a bright green bird flying over your garden? They are almost certainly ring-necked parakeets (Psittacula krameri) – originally native to Asia – that have established a resident breeding population in south-east England.

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Why are saiga antelopes dying en masse?

On the vast steppes of Central Asia, something bizarre and heartbreaking occurred in the space of two weeks last May. A mass ‘die-off’ struck saiga antelopes, a species native to the continent, and more than 60,000 animals died in just four days.

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Can a cockroach survive without a head?

A decapitated cockroach does not die. Unlike humans and other highly developed animals, the insect’s survival is not reliant on its head.

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Why are wild truffles so expensive?

The valuable fungus is revered by chefs and foodies alike for its culinary uses, though its delectable flavour is not the reason for its high asking price. Its value comes from its rarity: truffle is a wild product and cannot be cultivated, though many farmers and entrepreneurs have tried.

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How long can an otter stay under water?

Otters, such as this European otter, are skilful divers, capable of staying underwater for up to eight minutes. How can the marine mammals stay submerged for so long?

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Could lampreys attack a human?

Lampreys certainly look like they could do a good deal of damage, but if they were to attack humans it would likely be due to a case of mistaken

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How do huskies navigate?

Without huskies the expeditions to the North and South Poles more than a century ago would not have been possible. These breeds of dog are not just miracles of endurance capable of covering up to 125 miles per day, they also have a superb sense of direction.

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Can trees explode in winter?

Trees are very resilient and in winter even produce their own ‘anti-freeze’ in their cell sap. But extremely cold winter weather can lead to damage and thetrees ‘exploding’ with a loud bang.

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