97691967 clyde - Research grants 'boost jobs and growth'
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Research grants 'boost jobs and growth'

Image copyright Clyde Space Image caption R&D grants to Glasgow-based Clyde Space have helped the firm become a successful small satellite manufacturing company A national study shows that R&D grants to firms significantly boost growth and create jobs. Grants totalling £8bn led to growth worth £43bn and created around 150,000 jobs. The findings back the […]

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Two-pilot glider team sets altitude record

Image copyright Airbus Image caption The record-setting flight was the 38th the Perlan 2 aircraft had made An engineless glider has been flown at a record altitude of 52,172ft (15.9km). The aircraft’s two pilots achieved the feat in the skies above Argentina’s Patagonia region. The height represented a 3% gain over a record set in […]

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Cannibals engraved bones of the dead

Image copyright Trustees of the NHM Image caption The bones were also chewed but these are not teeth marks A series of zig-zag marks on a human bone found in a UK cave is evidence of a cannibalistic ritual that took place some 15,000 years ago. Scientists have long recognised that cannibals operated at Gough’s […]

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James Webb: Telescope's giant origami shield takes shape

Image copyright Northrop Grumman Corp Image caption The shield’s dimensions are 21.2m by 14.2m. Its five layers are made from a polyimide film known as kapton coated with aluminium It is the size of a tennis court and next year it will go into orbit as part of the most sophisticated space telescope ever built. […]

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A year in ozone over the South Pole

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe visualisation runs from January to December 2016 This colourful video tracks the behaviour of the ozone layer over Antarctica across all of 2016. It shows clearly the annual “hole” that appears above the South Pole in the austral springtime, and which last year grew to about […]

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'Unusual' Greenland wildfires linked to peat

Image copyright Deimos Imaging, an UrtheCast Company Image caption Smouldering fires in Greenland are believed to be burning peat New images have been released of wildfires that continue to burn close to the Greenland ice sheet, on the country’s west coast. Fires are rare on an island where 80% of the land is covered by […]

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Penguin feathers record migration route

Image copyright Chinstraps How do you trace where a penguin has swum across the vastness of the Southern Ocean? The surprising answer is from the chemistry of a single tail feather. Incredibly, specific compounds in penguin feather proteins allow scientists to track the birds’ migration over many hundreds of kilometres. The plumage records a kind […]

97248524 040982838 - Chantek, the orangutan who used sign language, dies at 39
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Chantek, the orangutan who used sign language, dies at 39

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Chantek was being treated for progressive heart disease, Zoo Atlanta said An orangutan who was one of the first apes to learn sign language has died in Atlanta, Georgia, aged 39. Chantek lived with an anthropologist in Tennessee for about nine years and learned to clean his room, make and […]

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'Dodgy' greenhouse gas data threatens Paris accord

Image copyright JUNGFRAUJOCH Image caption The air monitoring station at Jungfraujoch, in Switzerland, has detected the Italian emissions for nine years Potent, climate-warming gases are being emitted into the atmosphere but are not being recorded in official inventories, a BBC investigation has found. Air monitors in Switzerland have detected large quantities of one gas coming […]

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RSPB hails natterjack toad 'baby boom' at Lodge reserve

Image copyright Ben Andrew Image caption Natterjacks are distinguished from common toads by the yellow stripe along their back One of the UK’s rarest toads is thriving at a nature reserve despite unfavourable spring breeding conditions, conservationists claim. About 500 natterjack toadlets have been counted at the RSPB’s The Lodge reserve near Sandy, Bedfordshire, – […]

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New grass snake identified in the UK

Image copyright Wolfgang Bohme/Senckenberg Research Institute Image caption The Natrix helvetica was originally thought to be a subspecies of the grass snake A new type of snake has been identified in the UK, bringing the total number of species to four. Scientists say the barred grass snake, Natrix helvetica, is actually a different species to […]