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Modified plant boosts malaria drug yield

Image copyright Ying Liu / Xinhua Image caption Artemisia annua usually makes only small amounts of the drug in its leaves Scientists have modified a plant’s genes to make it produce high levels of a key malaria drug, potentially helping meet the large global demand. The team identified genes involved in making artemisinin, altering their […]

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Record concentration of microplastics found in Arctic

Image copyright Alfred Wegener Institute/ R.Stein Image caption Plastic particles end up in sea ice floating in the Arctic Record levels of microplastics have been found trapped inside sea ice floating in the Arctic. Ice cores gathered across the Arctic Ocean reveal microplastics at concentrations two to three times higher than previously recorded. As sea […]

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Noxious gas found on planet Uranus

Image copyright NASA Image caption The discovery confirms a long-held idea about Uranus’ atmosphere Hydrogen sulphide, the gas associated with the smell of rotten eggs, has been detected in the atmosphere of the seventh planet, Uranus. The possibility of this gas being present had long been debated, but has now been confirmed for the first […]

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Environment prize goes to Flint water activist

Image copyright Goldman Prize Image caption Lead levels in Ms Walters’ home were found to be seven times acceptable limits The founder of a citizens’ movement that helped expose the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, is one of the recipients of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize. Nearly 100,000 residents of Flint were left without safe […]

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'Exploding ant' species found in South East Asia

A team of international scientists has discovered a new species of “exploding ants”. The canopy-dwelling ants, common in South East Asia, are known for their bizarre defensive behaviour. Alice Laciny, from the Natural History Museum of Vienna, is one of the researchers behind the discovery. Source link

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Nasa engineer: Three facts about landing on Mars

Caley Burke is a Nasa flight analyst based at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. She designs the trajectory so that when rockets are launched into space, they end up in the right place. Caley’s currently working on the InSight Lander, which is heading to Mars later this year. She told BBC Radio 5 live about […]

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Rare brown bear dies in Italy capture operation

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Marsican bear is a critically endangered subspecies of the brown bear A national park in central Italy is investigating the death of a rare brown bear during an operation to capture it. Biologists at the park in the Apennine mountains had trapped the animal to fit him with a […]

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The best and worst space films, according to Nasa

BBC Radio 5 live has been behind the scenes at Nasa to meet the women at the forefront of space exploration. Some of them were inspired by movies and TV shows to study science and engineering. We wanted to know: Which are their favourite space movies, and which are the ones they can’t stand? Source […]

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ExoMars: Getting ready to drive on the Red Planet

Engineers have finished assembly of the test model for Europe’s ExoMars rover mission. The Structural Thermal Model, as it’s known, is used to prove the design. If the STM comes through a rigorous programme of checks, engineers will have confidence the “flight model” will work as planned. The STM is almost identical to the rover […]

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Closing gender gap in physics 'will take generations'

Image copyright Getty Images Closing the gender gap in physics will take hundreds of years, given the current rate of progress. That’s the finding of research analysing the names of authors listed on millions of scientific papers. Physics, computer science, maths and chemistry had the fewest women, while nursing and midwifery had the most. Without […]

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National Trust should be 'radical'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The National Trust owns land in picturesque Borrowdale in the Lake District The National Trust needs to be more radical, the charity’s new director-general has told the BBC. Hilary McGrady said the organisation needed to reach out to people living in towns and cities. In her first interview since […]