100338314 skripal suits - Nerve agents
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Nerve agents

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Officials in protective suits examine the area where Mr Skripal and his daughter were found Police say a nerve agent was used in an attempt to murder the Russian former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury, Wiltshire. The pair are critically ill, along with a police officer […]

100300871 96f60c77 9728 4b11 80a2 07bbc2df1fe2 - Climate change 'impacts women more than men'
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Climate change 'impacts women more than men'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Over 70% of those displaced by flooding in Pakistan in 2010 were women and children Women are more likely than men to be affected by climate change, studies show. UN figures indicate that 80% of people displaced by climate change are women. Roles as primary caregivers and providers of […]

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Red squirrels boosted by pine martens

The pine marten has emerged as an unlikely ally for the beleaguered native red squirrel in its battle with the grey squirrel. This is according to scientists at the University of Aberdeen, who carried out an in-depth forensic study of the relationship between the three species. The pine marten is a predator of the reds, […]

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Ocean mappers line up for XPRIZE final

Image copyright XPRIZE Woodruff Patrick Laputka Image caption Japan’s Kuroshio team brings together technologies from universities, institutes and companies The $7m XPRIZE competition to find the innovative technologies that can map the world’s oceans in rapid time has named its nine finalists. The teams draw on talents from many nations, with strong interest in the […]

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Red squirrel numbers boosted by predator

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThere are an estimated 140,000 red squirrels in the UK, compared with more than two million greys The pine marten has emerged as an unlikely ally for the beleaguered native red squirrel in its battle with the grey squirrel. This is according to scientists at the University […]

100302618 2 - Cars buck falling CO2 emissions trend
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Cars buck falling CO2 emissions trend

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Emissions from coal use are down while emissions from motor vehicles have risen Britain’s carbon emissions have sunk to the level last seen in 1890 – the year before penalties were first awarded in football. In 2017, CO₂ emissions from fossil fuels fell by 2.6%. This was mainly driven […]

100302614 1 - Satellite links to optimise European airspace
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Satellite links to optimise European airspace

Image copyright Getty Images The European Space Agency and London’s Inmarsat company are moving to the next phase of their project to improve the efficiency of European airspace. The pair’s Iris programme would see air traffic controllers route planes via robust and secure satellite data links. At the moment, this management involves VHF radio voice […]

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Alzheimer's researchers win brain prize

Image copyright SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Image caption Alzheimer’s disease brain (left) compared to normal (right) Four dementia scientists have shared this year’s 1m Euro brain prize for pivotal work that has changed our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease. Profs John Hardy, Bart De Strooper, Michel Goedert, based in the UK, and Prof Christian Haass, from Germany, […]

100296455 66273dff a531 400a 86a1 57a239ebb7ee - Last male northern white rhino Sudan's health improves slightly
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Last male northern white rhino Sudan's health improves slightly

Image copyright AFP Image caption Sudan, pictured in 2016, is 45 years old The world’s last surviving male northern white rhino has rallied slightly, days after his carers said his future was “not looking bright”. Sudan, who lives at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, enjoyed a mud bath in the rain on Monday, a […]

100294090 bottleandnote 3757 - Oldest message in a bottle found on Western Australia beach
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Oldest message in a bottle found on Western Australia beach

Image copyright kymillman.com Image caption Experts confirmed the bottle was jettisoned as part of a German oceanographic experiment in 1886 A Perth family has found the world’s oldest known message in a bottle, almost 132 years after it was thrown into the sea, Australian experts say. Tonya Illman picked up the bottle while going for […]

100290671 lexington plate - USS Lexington: Lost WW2 aircraft carrier found after 76 years
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USS Lexington: Lost WW2 aircraft carrier found after 76 years

Image copyright PAUL G. ALLEN Image caption The USS Lexington was scuttled during the Battle of the Coral Sea The wreck of a US aircraft carrier that was sunk during World War Two has been found off the coast of Australia. The USS Lexington was found 3km (2 miles) underwater in the Coral Sea, about […]

100287500 1 - Industry 'exaggerates plastics recycling success'
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Industry 'exaggerates plastics recycling success'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mangoes sit on a supermarket shelf wrapped in soft plastic jackets to prevent bruising The packaging industry in England has been accused of exaggerating the amount of its plastic that gets recycled. Waste consultancy Eunomia estimates official figures over-state the quantity of plastic packaging sent for recycling by about […]