101537761 mediaitem101537760 - Scientists transplant memories from one snail to another
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Scientists transplant memories from one snail to another

Image copyright David Glanzman Image caption Despite the obvious differences, there are similarities between the way that snail nerve cells function and the way that human cells work Memory transfer has been at the heart of science fiction for decades, but it’s becoming more like science fact. A team successfully transplanted memories by transferring a […]

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UK ups the ante on Galileo sat-nav project

Image copyright ESA Image caption The Galileo system was conceived to give Europe an independent sat-nav capability The Brexit row between the UK and the EU-27 over Galileo is escalating. Britain’s space agency has written to 13 firms to remind them that they need security authorisation to engage in any future contracts on the sat-nav […]

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'Oldest' turtle, 80, returns to Blackpool after 15 years

A giant green sea turtle thought to be the oldest example in captivity in the UK has returned to its former home in Blackpool. The reptile, called Lulu, has been moved back to the Sea Life Centre in the Lancashire seaside town. Aged 80 and weighing 28 stone (177 kg), it is thought to have […]

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Cuckoo bee species 'hiding in plain sight'

Image copyright Thomas Onuferko Image caption A female from one of the newly discovered Attenborough species of cuckoo bee Scientists have discovered 15 new species of cuckoo bees hidden in North American museum collections and in an ancient thesis. Like their avian counterparts, cuckoo bees lay their eggs in the nests of other bees, usually […]

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SpaceX flies 'lessons learned' rocket

Image copyright SPACEX The California rocket company SpaceX has conducted what is arguably its most important launch to date. Flying out of Florida, the firm’s Falcon-9 vehicle lifted a standard telecommunications satellite for Bangladesh into orbit. But the booster incorporated everything SpaceX has so far learnt about reusability. This “Block 5” version of the Falcon […]

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Red squirrels 'may have introduced' leprosy to Britain

Image copyright Karen van der Zijden Image caption The discovery supports the theory that the rodents, may have spread of the disease throughout medieval Europe Red squirrels may have brought leprosy to Britain more than 1,000 years ago, scientists have said. Swiss researchers said DNA taken from a fifth-century victim of the disease in Essex […]

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UK space needs 'bold national plan'

Image copyrightCOPERNICUS DATA/ESA Image caption Britain has traditionally pushed most of its space money through EsaThe UK needs to beef up its national space programme if it wants to win a bigger slice of the global market. That is the conclusion of a new policy document that identifies the areas where Britain should concentrate efforts […]

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Origins of amphibian-killing fungus uncovered

Image copyright Frank Pasmans Image caption The frog Bombina orientalis was imported to Europe from South Korea A deadly fungus that has ravaged amphibian populations worldwide probably originated in East Asia, new research suggests. A study in Science journal supports an idea that the pet trade helped spread killer strains of the chytrid fungus around […]

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Red tide: Electric blue waves wash California shore

A dazzling neon blue tide in San Diego, California, has filled its beaches with electric aqua colours. By day the plankton turn the water red, but come nightfall they radiate a blue glow when the algae are disturbed by movement, such as waves crashing on to the shoreline. Bioluminescent light shows are not uncommon globally, […]

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Trump White House axes Nasa research into greenhouse gas cuts

Image copyright Bill Ingalls/NASA/Getty Image caption Mr Trump has repeatedly threatened funding cuts to Nasa’s climate science and missions President Donald Trump’s administration has quietly axed US space agency Nasa’s monitoring system into greenhouse gases, a US journal has revealed. The Carbon Monitoring System (CMS), a $10m (£7m)-a-year project which remotely tracks the world’s flow […]

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Temperature-controlled turtle sex gene found

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists have isolated the gene responsible for temperature-controlled sex determination in turtles. Red eared slider turtles, a common household pet, develop into male or female embryos according to their egg incubation temperature. This little understood process is also at work in the eggs of crocodiles, alligators and some lizards. Researchers are […]

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Network Rail tree felling faces review over wildlife concerns

Image copyright Getty Images Network Rail’s tree felling programme is to be reviewed over concerns it is harming wildlife, the government says. Rail Minister Jo Johnson said the review would consider whether Network Rail could use alternative approaches to keep rail lines clear of foliage. Network Rail, which maintains 20,000 miles of track, says incidents […]