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World War II bombs 'felt in space'

sponsored advertisement: Image copyright US Air Force Image caption Bombing of a factory at Marienburg, Germany 9th Oct 1943. The bombs used by Allied forces during the Second World War were so large, they weakened the Earth’s upper atmosphere. The air raids turned towns to rubble and ash, but now new research shows shockwaves could […]

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China coal power building boom sparks climate warning

sponsored advertisement: Image copyright Getty Images Building work has restarted at hundreds of Chinese coal-fired power stations, according to an analysis of satellite imagery. The research, carried out by green campaigners CoalSwarm, suggests that 259 gigawatts of new capacity are under development in China. The authors say this is the same capacity to produce electricity […]

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Europe's Ariane-5 rocket primed for 100th flight

Image copyright ARIANESPACE/ESA Image caption It has been two decades of operation for the Ariane 5 Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket is set to make its 100th flight on Tuesday. It will lift two big satellites into orbit from its operating base in Kourou, French Guiana. Conceived originally to launch a European space shuttle, the rocket […]

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Is being vegan better for the environment?

An increasing number of people are choosing the plant-based diet and everyone has their own reason for doing it whether it’s for health reasons, to reduce animal cruelty or to protect the environment. But how environmentally-friendly is being a vegan? In this video we explore the impact some of the most popular vegan foods have […]

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Portugal shipwreck is 'discovery of a decade'

A 400 year old shipwreck has been discovered off the coast of Portugal. The find is part of a 10-year archaeological project supported by the town of Cascais, the Portuguese government and navy, and Nova University in Lisbon. Project director Jorge Freire called it the ‘discovery of a decade’. Source link

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Climate change kills Antarctica's ancient moss beds

Image copyright University of Wollongong Emerging from the ice for a brief growing season every Antarctic summer, the lush green mosses of East Antarctica are finally succumbing to climate change. That is according to a study of the small, ancient and hardy plants – carried out over more than a decade. This revealed that vegetation […]

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Gene editing wipes out mosquitoes in the lab

Image copyright SPL Image caption Anopheles gambiae is one of the species responsible for spreading malaria Researchers have used gene editing to completely eliminate populations of mosquitoes in the lab. The team tested their technique on the mosquito Anopheles gambiae, which transmits malaria. They altered part of a gene called doublesex, which determines whether an […]

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Life as a medical photographer at Addenbrooke's Hospital

A medical photographer has spoken to the BBC about her career capturing images of disease, injury, surgery and occasionally death. Martha Whiffen, 27, is based at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and has won a number of awards for her work. The photos, which often require a strong stomach, are used for a variety of medical […]

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Who was the mysterious gardener Miss Harrison?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Women have gardened for centuries, but the profession was once a male-dominated world It’s a tale of intrigue set at the turn of the 20th century in the seemingly genteel gardens of Victorian Britain. Keen horticulturalists sit examinations in the principles of gardening – from the names and orders […]

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Report slams 'high flying' UN environment chief

Image copyright YASUYOSHI CHIBA Image caption UN Environment executive director Erik Solheim The head of the UN body that leads on sustainability and green issues has been criticised for extensive and expensive air travel. A draft internal audit, obtained by the Guardian and seen by the BBC, says that Erik Solheim’s actions risked the reputation […]