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Botanical exploits: How British plant hunters served science - BBC News
By Helen Briggs
BBC News
10 December 2017
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Plant specimens are pressed under large rocks at George Forrest's campsite in Lichiang Range

In a corner of the Yorkshire Dales, far from the beaten track, you might stumble on the peaceful village of Clapham.
Now known as a stop-off point for exploring the dales, it was once the home of a rock garden full of plants never seen before in the Western world.
Legend has it that the Edwardian plant-hunter Reginald Farrer loaded a shotgun with seeds collected on an expedition to Ceylon and fired them into a rock cliff and gorge.
While the rock garden is long gone, you can still see other specimens brought back by Farrer dotted around the woods beside his family home.
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Mt Hope installed as 'UK's highest peak' - BBC News
By Jonathan Amos
BBC Science Correspondent, New Orleans
11 December 2017
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Mount Hope is more than twice the height of Ben Nevis in Scotland

Britain has a new tallest mountain.

Mt Hope, which is sited in the part of the Antarctic claimed by the UK, was recently re-measured and found to tower above the previous title holder, Mt Jackson, by a good 50m (160ft).

Hope is now put at 3,239m (10,626ft); Jackson is 3,184m (10,446ft).
The map-makers at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) were prompted to take another look at the mountains because of concerns for the safety of pilots flying across the White Continent.

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Encouraging Students Toward Computer Science Learning
"key differences in interest in and confidence to learn CS among seventh- to 12th-grade students from underrepresented groups — girls, Black students and Hispanic students — as well as the level of encouragement to learn CS that these groups receive from key influencers such as parents and teachers, based on 2015-2016 surveys"

"Interestingly, at about age 12, boys (30%) and girls (27%) have a similar level of interest in learning CS. However, girls’
interest in learning CS decreases between ages 12 and 14 (27% to 12%) while boys’ increases (30% to 47%)"
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