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Ecuador's colonial past 'written in soil'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ecuador’s “cloud forest” grows in a narrow corridor on the slopes of the Andes The arrival of European settlers in Ecuador had a profound effect on the country’s population and environment. This is according to new findings from The Open University. Researchers studying soil cores from the Quijos valley […]

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Welcome to the Meghalayan Age – a new phase in history

Image copyright IUGS Image caption The famous timeline will be updated to reflect the new “stages”, or “ages”, as they are called The official history of Earth has a new chapter – and we are in it. Geologists have classified the last 4,200 years as being a distinct age in the story of our planet. […]

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The real cabbage soup diet: What Britons ate down the ages

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cabbage is a mainstay of the British diet Ancient Britons were eating dairy, peas, cabbage and oats, according to gunk trapped in their teeth. Scientists analysed dental plaque found on the teeth of skeletons from the Iron Age to post-Medieval times. They found evidence of milk proteins, cereals and […]

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Are young people going cool on cars?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionViews on car ownership Could you live without a car? Reya from London asked herself this question when she moved into a car-free development, but over the past year she’s been fine. Lil from Dorset says she can’t use rural buses because they are “rubbish” – but […]

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The new sharks coming to UK waters

Research from the University of Southampton suggests new kinds of shark could migrate to UK waters as the oceans warm. Dr Ken Collins, from the university’s National Oceanography Centre, says 10 species of shark currently found in warmer parts of the world could inhabit our seas by 2050 because of climate change. Here, we profile […]

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Does Wales hold the key for saving the puffin from extinction?

On one island off the coast of Pembrokeshire an endangered bird is making a comeback. While the numbers of puffins in most parts of Europe are dwindling, the population on Skomer is booming. Now scientists are trying to find out why they are doing so well, and if the island could be key to saving […]

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Prehistoric bake-off: Recipe for oldest bread revealed

Image copyright Alexis Pantos Image caption Plant roots were ground to add to the bread Take flour made from wild wheat and barley, mix with the pulverised roots of plants, add water, then bake. According to scientists, this is the recipe for the world’s oldest bread, dating back more than 14,000 years. The bake would […]

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UK to build record-breaking solar planes

Image copyright Airbus A solar plane which can stay aloft for weeks at a time is to be manufactured by Airbus in the UK. The unmanned craft flies high in the atmosphere to avoid commercial air traffic and adverse weather. Known as the Zephyr, its remote-sensing potential has already seen the UK MoD invest, but […]

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Arundel road scheme 'could harm ancient woodland'

Image caption Campaigners say a few minutes shaved off journey times don’t justify the potential damage to the park Road builders planning a bypass in Sussex, UK, have been urged to find a way that doesn’t cause damage to ancient woodland. The head of South Downs National Park, Margaret Paren, believes engineers can devise a […]

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Lift-off for Scotland: Sutherland to host first UK spaceport

Image copyright Perfect Circle Image caption Artwork: This is what a Scottish spaceport could look like in the early 2020s A remote, boggy stretch of land on the north coast of Scotland is likely to become the UK’s first spaceport. The A’Mhoine Peninsula in Sutherland has been chosen as the most suitable place from which […]