Spinster snake lays eggs without male help
19 September 2020 | 1:29 pm
Staff at Saint Louis Zoo, Missouri, say a female ball python has produced seven eggs despite having no contact with a male in over 15 years. The snake, identified by the number 361003 is over 50 years old, and the oldest ever documented in a zoo. Herpetologists are carrying out genetic sampling to find out if the python reproduced sexually or asexually, as snakes can store sperm for delayed fertilization.
13 Mar 2021
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13 Mar 2021
In continuation of our celebration of our women and International Women's Month, we present to you Lasaki Omotayo, the remarkable woman who delved into the male-dominated field of carpentry and made it her own.
4 Apr 2021
Pastry chef Walter Musco turns his shop in Rome's working-class Tor Marancia district into an art gallery displaying Easter eggs sculpted in hommage to great names from the worlds of art and literature. The creations of the self-taught "pasticciere" are fully edible, although can also be stored uneaten for years, Musco says, provided they are kept cool and out of the sun.
1 May 2021
Residents in Tanzania's Mtwara region still hold many traditional beliefs. Visitors may hear the story of "Grandpa Livembe," a giant snake that protects the village of Nanguruwe. But doubters beware!
5 Sep 2021
With a magnifying glass in one hand and notebook in the other, butterfly enthusiasts are on the hunt for monarch eggs. In Canada, hundreds of hunters take part in the annual monarch census counting, as the emblematic butterflies remain threatened by extinction.
2 Sep 2021
With a precise and delicate touch, Debonheur Koli paints the nails of his clients in his nail salon in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic. While the manicure and pedicure industry in the West is dominated by women, in Bangui, it's man's work.
21 Nov 2021
Women have long been left to bear the responsibility of contraception. But more and more young men seem willing to share or even take on this burden. Some 37 percent of French men aged 18-30 would be prepared to use a free male contraceptive pill and 22 percent would agree to have a vasectomy, according to a recent study. Yet male contraception remains a taboo. The French medical community shares little information about existing methods, while scientific studies to broaden the spectrum of options are almost non-existent. Our team reports.
9 Jan 2022
Disturbing new research has revealed that women who are operated on by a male surgeon, are more likely to die. Annette Young talks to the study's co-author, Dr Angela Jerath, from the University of Toronto. Also as outrage continues over the rising rate of femicide in France, we take a look at what steps are being tan by French authorities to prevent male perpetrators from reoffending. Plus we meet the female space engineers who are working on the Ariane 5 space project to unlock the secrets of humankind's final frontier.
28 Apr 2022
Russia's decision to cut off gas to Poland and Bulgaria continues to dominate the papers as fears grow that Moscow could make similar moves against other European countries like Germany. Meanwhile in India, the bulldozer has become a symbol of PM Narendra Modi's repression against Muslims. Finally, as Emmanuel Macron thwarts a cherry tomato attack while visiting a Parisian food market, we explore a long-standing French tradition of president-heckling.
16 May 2022
Known as the burial place of Achilles, the barren Black Sea rock has become the site of fierce combat between Ukraine and Russia. Snake Island has strategic and symbolic importance dating to the Soviet era.
24 Jul 2022
Giant panda An An was euthanized at the age of 35 at a Hong Kong theme park, with park officials saying they were "deeply saddened" by the loss.
5 Dec 2022
A female MP in Senegal is slapped, kicked and knocked to the ground in the country’s National Assembly, this after allegedly insulting a pro-opposition religious leader. Also, South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to fight for his position after a preliminary investigation found he may have committed serious crimes. Finally, we bring you all the football news from the World Cup in Qatar.
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Twenty people were killed and nearly 2,000 inmates escaped during Sunday's attack on a military barracks, a prison and other locations in Sierra Leone, officials said on Monday.
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It's been seven years in the making, but McDonald's is now rolling out 50 tweaks to its classic hamburger in the US. The global food chain hopes to make its signature product taste better and less dry. Also in this business update, the World Bank increases its climate pledges at the COP28 summit. Plus TikTok wins a significant court battle in the US, after a Montana judge said a planned statewide ban on the app was unconstitutional.
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A Nigerian NGO offers a safe space online for male sexual abuse survivors to anonymously share their stories and heal.
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Amazonas, the largest state in Brazil, is suffering the worst drought in its history after weeks without rain. The rivers have run dry as a result of climate change and the impact of the El Nino climate pattern. The local government has declared a state of emergency in all 62 cities in the state. Some 152,000 families are affected, or around 600,000 people. Our correspondents report.
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Delegates to China's ceremonial legislature have approved a new law to address Western grievances about unequal market access and IP theft in the Asian giant. But concerns remain among European and US businesses.
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For more than six months, Russia has been waging war against Ukraine not only with soldiers and bullets, but also in the media - with fakes, disinformation and a broad-based propaganda strategy. We show what's behind it.
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