Horses can communicate with us - scientists

Horses have joined a select group of animals that can communicate by pointing at symbols.

Scientists trained horses, by offering slices of carrot as an incentive, to touch a board with their muzzle to indicate if they wanted to wear a rug.

The horses' requests matched the weather, suggesting it wasn't a random choice, according to BBC.

A few other animals, including apes and dolphins, appear, like us, to express preferences by pointing at things.

Invasive Asian Hornet spotted in Britain for first time

An invasive hornet that kills honey bees has been spotted in Britain for the first time, experts have confirmed.

The Asian hornet was found near Tetbury, Gloucestershire. Work is under way to find and destroy its nests, according to BBC.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has set up a three-mile (5km) surveillance zone.

China launches second experimental space lab module

China launched its second experimental space laboratory, part of a broader plan to have a permanent manned space station in service around 2022.

Advancing China's space program is a priority for Beijing, with President Xi Jinping calling for the country to establish itself as a space power, and apart from its civilian ambitions, Beijing has tested anti-satellite missiles, according to Reuters.

Second lowest minimum for Arctic ice

Arctic ice cover in 2016 reached the second lowest minimum on record, tied with 2007.

The sea-ice extent on 10 September stood at 4.14 million sq km, some way short of the 3.39 million sq km record low in 2012, according to BBC.

Arctic sea-ice cover grows each autumn and winter, and shrinks each spring and summer.

It has long been regarded as a sensitive indicator of change to the Earth's climatic system.

What dinosaurs' color patterns say about their habitat?

After reconstructing the colour patterns of a well-preserved dinosaur from China, researchers have found that the long-lost species Psittacosaurus (meaning "parrot lizard," a reference to its parrot-like beak) was light on its underside and darker on top according to Science daily.

This colour pattern, known as counter shading, is a common form of camouflage in modern animals.

The study led the researchers to conclude that Psittacosaurus most likely lived in an environment with diffuse light, such as in a forest, and has produced the most life-like reconstruction of a dinosaur ever created.

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