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Environment strategy aims to stop needless plastic waste

Environment strategy aims to stop needless plastic waste

Image copyright RSPB Cymru Image caption Sea birds have struggled to cope with plastic pollution Theresa May will pledge to eradicate all avoidable plastic waste in the UK by 2042. The commitment is part of a 25-year plan to improve the natural environment being launched on Thursday. In her speech to launch the plan the […]

Light shed on mystery space radio pulses

Light shed on mystery space radio pulses

Image copyright DR SETH SHOSTAK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Image caption The analysis used data from the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico Astronomers have fresh insight on a mysterious source of recurring radio pulses from space. Fast radio bursts (FRB) are one of the most persistent puzzles in astronomy. While usually short-lived, one source in the sky […]

Meet the butterflies from 200 million years ago

Meet the butterflies from 200 million years ago

Image copyright Bas van de Schootbrugge Image caption One of the scales under the microscope Newly discovered fossils show that moths and butterflies have been on the planet for at least 200 million years. Scientists found fossilised butterfly scales the size of a speck of dust inside ancient rock from Germany. The find pushes back […]

Pollution hotspots revealed: Check your area

Pollution hotspots revealed: Check your area

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cyclists wear masks against pollution in London Marylebone Road and Hyde Park Corner, both in central London, have the most polluted postcodes in Britain, says a new study on air quality. The data comes from a project to map concentrations of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) across the country. However, the […]

Flying telescope yields insights into birth of stars

Flying telescope yields insights into birth of stars

Image copyright NASA/F. Pereira Santos Image caption The team was able to map differences in the polarization of dust grains within the central portion of the cloud A Nasa telescope housed on a converted jumbo jet has yielded important insights into how stars are born from collapsing gas and dust. Measurements by the Sofia observatory […]

Sam Gyimah is new science minister

Sam Gyimah is new science minister

Image copyright UK Parliament Sam Gyimah has been made Universities and Science Minister for England in Theresa May’s government reshuffle. Mr Gyimah’s role straddles the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. He replaces Jo Johnson, who has been made Transport Minister. Mr Gyimah, 41, will work alongside the newly […]

Most expensive year on record for US natural disasters

Most expensive year on record for US natural disasters

Image copyright Karl Spencer Image caption Hurricane Harvey caused damage estimated at around $125bn in Texas last year The US experienced a record year of losses from fires, hurricanes and other weather related disasters in 2017, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa). Total losses amounted to $306bn the agency said, over […]

El Nino’s long reach to Antarctic ice

El Nino’s long reach to Antarctic ice

Image copyright NASA Image caption The Getz Ice Shelf in West Antarctica feels the linkage strongly Antarctica may be thousands of kilometres from the central Pacific but events there can have a significant effect on the White Continent’s ice. Scientists have shown how ice shelves – the floating fronts of marine-terminating glaciers – respond to […]

Northern Forest: Plan to plant ‘ribbon of woodland’ across England

Northern Forest: Plan to plant ‘ribbon of woodland’ across England

Image copyright Getty Images Plans to create a new Northern Forest stretching from Liverpool to Hull have been kick-started by the government. It is providing £5.7m to increase tree cover along a belt spanning Manchester, Leeds and Bradford. The project will cost £500m over 25 years. The balance of the funds will need to be […]

Cardiff University scientists’ drugs test breakthrough

Cardiff University scientists’ drugs test breakthrough

Media captionDr Niek Buurma explains what the research has achieved Scientists in Wales have helped develop a technique to streamline production of new drugs to detect if they could become ineffective or even harmful. Researchers can now spot if molecules could be unable to bind to proteins or enzymes in the body as intended. Compounds […]