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Water firms face growing criticism over beach sewage

Water companies are facing mounting criticism from environmental campaigners and politicians over sewage being pumped on to British beaches. Downing Street condemned the industry for not reducing sewage discharge and putting shareholders before customers. Pollution warnings remain in place across more than 20 beaches and swimming spots in England and Wales after heavy rain overwhelmed sewers. […]

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James Webb: Space telescope reveals ‘incredible’ Jupiter views

The world’s largest and most powerful space telescope has revealed unprecedented views of Jupiter. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) took the pictures of the Solar System’s biggest planet in July. The images show auroras, giant storms, moons and rings surrounding Jupiter in detail that astronomers have described as “incredible”. The infrared images were artificially […]

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Nasa Moon mission gets go-ahead to launch

The American space agency says it is ready to launch its giant new Moon rocket next Monday. Nasa officials conducted a flight-readiness review late on Monday and concluded there were no substantive technical issues in their way. The rocket, known as the Space Launch System, will send a capsule, called Orion, on an excursion around […]

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More helicopters look set to fly on Mars

The US and Europe are remodelling their plans to bring rock samples back from Mars, for study in Earth laboratories. They hope to simplify the process, cut risk and cost using helicopters instead of a British-built “fetch rover”. Airbus UK engineers, who have been developing the concept for years, have been expressing disappointment, at the […]

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Climate change: Campaigners hail ruling on ‘net zero’

Campaigners have hailed a High Court ruling that the government’s ‘net zero’ strategy breaches its obligations under the Climate Change Act. The strategy commits the UK to slash emissions of the greenhouse gases that are warming the planet to reach ‘net zero’ emissions by 2050. The court ruled there was not enough detail on how […]

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James Webb: Nasa space telescope delivers spectacular pictures

Stunning images of a “stellar nursery” and a “cosmic dance” have been acquired by Nasa’s new $10bn space telescope. The two pictures, and others, were presented to the world on Tuesday to mark the James Webb observatory’s readiness to begin science operations. The facility has spent the past six months since launch undergoing testing. Viewed […]

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BUSINESS
How science is making chocolate taste even better

Luisa Vicinanza-Bedi is an artisan chocolate maker in Nottingham and founder of Luisa’s Vegan Chocolates. “I’ve always had a love for chocolate, but when I discovered all the tastes and nuances of single-origin chocolate – the incredible flavour notes, like a fine wine – my eyes were opened,” she says. Much of the chocolate we […]

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Call for higher animal welfare standards for Parma ham pigs

Animal welfare campaigners say it is time supermarkets stopped selling premium ham produced by EU farmers still using methods banned in the UK. Compassion in World Farming said most Parma ham on UK shelves is farmed using crates that confine pregnant sows. Called “sow stalls”, the crates have been banned in the UK since 1999 […]

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Cumbria coal mine: Would it threaten the UK’s climate targets?

The government is is due to announce whether it will approve a new coal mine in Cumbria – the first for 30 years. It would provide fuel for the UK’s steel-making industry which currently relies on Russian coal. But critics fear it would undermine the UK’s climate change targets, which rely on a move away […]

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Environmentalists sue Dutch airline KLM for ‘greenwashing’

Environmental groups are suing Dutch airline KLM, alleging that adverts promoting the company’s sustainability initiative are misleading. The groups say it’s the first lawsuit to challenge so-called airline industry “greenwashing”. They argue that KLM adverts and their carbon-offsetting scheme create the false impression that its flights won’t make climate change worse. But KLM says the […]

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Climate change: ‘Sand battery’ could solve green energy’s big problem

Finnish researchers have installed the world’s first fully working “sand battery” which can store green power for months at a time. The developers say this could solve the problem of year-round supply, a major issue for green energy. Using low-grade sand, the device is charged up with heat made from cheap electricity from solar or […]

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Pentaquarks: scientists find new “exotic” configurations of quarks

Scientists have found new ways in which quarks, the tiniest particles known to humankind, group together. The new structures exist for just a hundred thousandth of a billionth of a billionth of a second but may explain how our Universe is formed. Atoms contain smaller particles called neutrons and protons, which are made up of […]

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Scientists discover new giant water lily species

A new species of giant water lily has been discovered – and it’s been hiding in plain sight for 177 years. The huge plant had been in the archives of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and was growing in a number of aquatic collections but it was mistakenly identified as another species. Now a detailed […]

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Beet farm near Wymondham in colour-based aphid pest trial

Scientists hope patchworks of multi-coloured crops will help hide them “in plain sight” from pests as a natural alternative to pesticides. Using dyes, the so-called “camo-cropping” trial has been started by the Norwich-based British Beet Research Organisation (BBRO). It has been introduced at Morley Farms, near Wymondham, Norfolk, in an attempt to protect sugar beet […]

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UK satellite launch: ‘Everything now is about getting to Cornwall’

All eyes are now on Newquay in Cornwall for the first ever satellite launch from UK soil. Sir Richard Branson’s US company Virgin Orbit successfully placed another seven spacecraft in orbit from California at the weekend and is now focused on moving operations to England. “Everything now is about getting to Cornwall,” said Flt Lt […]

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Finding the Higgs: ‘Incredible’ moment in science

Ten years ago, scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (Cern) made an exciting announcement – they had moved one step closer to understanding the origins of the universe with the discovery of the Higgs boson, the so-called ‘God particle’. Physicist Dr Andre David was one of the scientists working at the Large Hadron […]

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Using human hair to fight oil spills

Usually our hair is thrown away after it’s cut. But a hairdresser in Wales has been using her customers’ hair to make special mats, which are used to help the planet.

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Sydney floods: Tens of thousands told to evacuate

Tens of thousands of residents in Australia’s largest city Sydney have been ordered to evacuate their homes after torrential rain and flash flooding. Roads have been cut off, with 18 evacuation orders in western Sydney alone and warnings of more to come. Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology has said it expects more heavy rainfall over the […]

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Bondi Beach: Huge tides engulf Sydney’s famous beach

Sydney’s Bondi Beach has been engulfed by massive tides after two intense weather systems lashed Australia’s east coast. Locals were stunned by the rare sight of waves spilling on to a promenade.

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Perseverance: Nasa rover begins key drive to find life on Mars

Nasa’s Perseverance rover has reached a big moment in its mission on Mars. Tuesday will see the six-wheeled robot begin the climb up an ancient delta feature in the crater where it landed. It will roll uphill, stopping every so often to examine rocks that look to have the best chance of retaining evidence of […]

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Living through Japan’s hottest summer on record

Masaya Maruyama, his wife Junko and his brother Koichi, were sitting under the tailgate of their work van, trying to find a tiny bit of shade, as they drank profusely from large bottles of orange soda. The family of plumbers had been out in the baking sun laying pipes since 08:00 local time. By 11:00, […]

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Thailand : Cannabis-infused food and drink products are not for everyone

Anyone can now grow cannabis plants at home following registration with authorities via a mobile app as well as use and sell them in Thailand. The change in the law comes after the country decriminalized cannabis and hemp on June 9, making it the first country in Asia to remove the plant from its narcotics […]

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Nearly a quarter of Earth’s seafloor now mapped

Slowly but surely the proportion of the global ocean floor that’s been properly mapped is rising. It’s now up to just shy of a quarter of the total area under water – at 23.4%. Better seafloor maps help us with navigation and conservation, among many other uses. Some 10 million sq km (3.8 million sq […]

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UK government told to insulate more homes

The UK government must drive down energy bills and reduce climate-warming emissions by insulating more homes, a report says. Official advisors the Climate Change Committee says the government’s current insulation programme is “shocking”. It says consumers are paying £40 extra a year on bills because of previous cuts to the home renovation programme. The committee […]

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UK-built Forum satellite will measure greenhouse effect

A spacecraft measuring Earth’s warming ‘greenhouse’ effect in its greatest ever detail will be built in the UK. The Forum satellite will be assembled by aerospace giant Airbus at its factory in Stevenage. It will monitor far-infrared radiation coming up from our planet’s surface. It’s this particular type of light that makes molecules of gases […]

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UK decides AI still cannot patent inventions

The UK’s Intellectual Property Office has decided artificial-intelligence systems cannot patent inventions for the time being. Patents assign the ownership of a new invention to its creator. A recent IPO consultation found many experts doubted AI was currently able to invent without human assistance. Current law allowed humans to patent inventions made with AI assistance, the […]

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How do zoos get over star animal deaths?

Public opinion on zoos is mixed but their supporters argue they play a vital role in conserving vulnerable species, with keepers saying they develop a close bond with the animals. So how does the death of a long-time resident affect a zoo, its animals and its staff? Last year was a sad time for the […]

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The Big Plastic Count: Consumers confront their plastic footprint

It’s hard not to feel guilty about the price our planet pays for plastic. But when most affordable products come with plastic packaging, are we as consumers really in control? For one week in May, more than 100,000 people in the UK carefully counted their plastic waste at home in a national investigation into plastic […]

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Pompeii: Ancient pregnant tortoise surprises archaeologists

When Mount Vesuvius erupted nearly 2,000 years ago Pompeii’s ancient residents were frozen in place by ash. So too it turns out were the city’s flora and fauna – including a pregnant tortoise with her egg. Archaeologists found the reptile’s remains buried under ash and rock where it had laid undiscovered since 79AD. The tortoise […]

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USS Samuel B Roberts: World’s deepest shipwreck discovered

Explorers have found the deepest shipwreck ever identified, a US navy destroyer sunk during World War Two. The USS Samuel B Roberts went down during the Battle of Leyte Gulf off the Philippines’ coast in October 1944. It lies in 6,895m (4.28 miles) of water. Texan billionaire and adventurer Victor Vescovo, who owns a deep-diving […]

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Endurance wreck: Nations look to protect Shackleton ship from damage

A 500m perimeter is being implemented to aid the protection of Endurance, the ship famously lost in the Antarctic by explorer Ernest Shackleton. The vessel’s position on the Weddell Sea floor was finally identified in March, 107 years after its sinking. Member states of the Antarctic Treaty have already declared the wreck, which lies in […]

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Europe told to prepare for Russia turning off gas

The head of the International Energy Agency has warned that Russia may stop supplying gas to Europe this winter. Fatih Birol says he believes a complete shutdown is not the most likely scenario but that Europe needs to work on contingency plans just in case. In recent weeks, several European countries said they received significantly […]

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COP15: UN biodiversity summit moved from China to Canada

Published3 days agoShare Major UN talks aimed at striking a deal on safeguarding nature have been moved from China to Canada. The COP15 UN Biodiversity Conference began as virtual, online talks in October last year. Negotiations were meant to reconvene in Kunming, China in April but that was repeatedly postponed due to Covid. The talks […]

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Five planets line up in rare planetary conjunction

Five major planets in our solar system are lined up in a row for a rare planetary conjunction visible with the naked eye. In a clear sky, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn can be seen shining before dawn. It’s a special opportunity to see Mercury, which is usually obscured from view by the Sun’s […]

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Record bacterium discovered as long as human eyelash

You’re supposed to need a microscope to see bacteria, right? Not Thiomargarita magnifica. This giant cell is clearly visible to the naked eye, having the size and shape of a human eyelash. Now classified as the world’s biggest bacterium, T. magnifica was discovered living on sunken, decaying mangrove tree leaves in the French Caribbean. Fear not, the […]

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UK red kite success story sees chicks sent to Spain

British-born red kites are being flown abroad in a mission to help rescue the dwindling Spanish population. The birds of prey are threatened in parts of Spain by factors including poisoning and a lack of food. Experts have been given special permission to take 30 red kites from England and release them in the remote […]

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China achieves ‘brain-scale’ AI with latest supercomputer

Sunway supercomputer ran 174 trillion parameters, ‘rivalling the number of synapses in the brain’ Computer scientists in China claim to have run an artificial intelligence program using architecture that is as complex as the human brain. The AI model, named ‘bagualu’ or ‘alchemist’s pot’, was run on the latest generation of the Sunway supercomputer based at the National Supercomputing […]

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Why Friday morning is the best time to view a rare planetary alignment

Friday could be last, best chance to catch a rare alignment of five planets in the sky, plus a special guest. Friday could be the best day for early risers in North America to catch a rare celestial event: the alignment of five planets in order of their distance from the Sun. Since the beginning of […]

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Sciens Building Solutions Acquires Another Mid-Atlantic-area Company

Anchor Fire Protection addition will expand Sciens platform across the United States offering an even broader scope of business in the important mid-Atlantic region. SAN FRANCISCO, June 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Sciens Building Solutions (“Sciens”) today announced it has welcomed Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania-based Anchor Fire Protection (“Anchor”) to its growing portfolio of companies. This is the latest acquisition announcement from Sciens and […]

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Blue light: what we do and don’t know about the damage it causes our skin

Take a wander down the skincare aisle of any health and beauty retailer and you’ll be met with a bewildering array of creams and sprays, promising to protect you from various threats to your skin. You might have noticed skincare companies claiming their products can protect you from the effects of blue light. If you […]

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Nasa InSight: ‘Marsquake’ mission in its last months

The seismometer on Nasa’s InSight probe will keep listening for Marsquakes even as other systems on the mission have to shut down due to declining power levels. The spacecraft has just detected a Magnitude 5 tremor – the biggest event yet in its three years of operation on the Red Planet. But InSight is now […]

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Perseverance: Nasa rover begins key drive to find life on Mars

Nasa’s Perseverance rover has reached a big moment in its mission on Mars. Tuesday will see the six-wheeled robot begin the climb up an ancient delta feature in the crater where it landed. It will roll uphill, stopping every so often to examine rocks that look to have the best chance of retaining evidence of […]

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Perseverance: Nasa rover begins key drive to find life on Mars

Nasa’s Perseverance rover has reached a big moment in its mission on Mars. Tuesday will see the six-wheeled robot begin the climb up an ancient delta feature in the crater where it landed. It will roll uphill, stopping every so often to examine rocks that look to have the best chance of retaining evidence of […]

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Climate change: ‘Fifty-fifty chance’ of breaching 1.5C warming limit

The likelihood of crossing a key global warming threshold has risen significantly, according to a new analysis. UK Met Office researchers say that there’s now around a fifty-fifty chance that the world will warm by more than 1.5C over the next five years. Such a rise would be temporary, but researchers are concerned about the […]

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What is net zero and how are the UK and other countries doing?

Countries have set out plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions, at the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow. They hope to achieve the target of “net zero” by 2050, to help slow global warming. What does ‘net zero’ mean? Net zero means not adding to the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Achieving it means reducing […]

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