105696661 gettyimages 471803345 - Cultured lab meat may make climate change worse
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Cultured lab meat may make climate change worse

Image copyrightGetty Images Growing meat in the laboratory may do more damage to the climate in the long run than meat from cattle, say scientists. Researchers are looking for alternatives to traditional meat because farming animals is helping to drive up global temperatures. However, meat grown in the lab may make matters worse in some […]

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Fast fashion: 'Penny on a garment' to drive clothes recycling

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption MPs want to see more sustainable designs and repair services Clothing brands and retailers should pay a penny on every garment they sell to fund a £35m annual recycling scheme. That’s the view of MPs, who say “fast fashion” is a major contributor to greenhouse gases, water pollution, air […]

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'Hundreds' of badgers illegally killed each year in NI

Hundreds of badgers are killed during badger baiting season each year with hundreds of people involved in the illegal activity, it has been claimed. The USPCA and the NI Badger Group believe the practice is on the rise, in part, due to social media. It is estimated that there are about 34,000 badgers in Northern […]

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ZSL London Zoo shares animal X-rays

Image copyrightZSL London Zoo Image caption Tokay gecko (Gekko gecko)The expert veterinary team at ZSL London Zoo has shared a selection of X-rays made during routine health checks of its 18,000 animals. The images reveal the inner workings of a variety of different species, including frogs, snakes, geckos and turtles, and provide valuable insight for […]

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Stores accused of 'watering down' bottle deposit scheme

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bottle deposit schemes were launched in some countries decades ago Large retailers have been accused of trying to water down a proposed scheme to improve rates of bottle recycling. Environmentalists say large and small drinks containers alike should carry a catch-all deposit of more than 15p. But retailers say […]

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AAAS: Machine learning 'causing science crisis'

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Astronomy is one of the many areas of science in which machine learning is used to make discoveries Machine-learning techniques used by thousands of scientists to analyse data are producing results that are misleading and often completely wrong. Dr Genevera Allen from Rice University in Houston said that the increased […]

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Call to ban killer robots in wars

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption This is not about terminator robots but “conventional weapons systems with autonomy” A group of scientists has called for a ban on the development of weapons controlled by artificial intelligence (AI). It says that autonomous weapons may malfunction in unpredictable ways and kill innocent people. Ethics experts also argue […]

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Gene-edited animal plan to relieve poverty in Africa

Image copyright BBC News Image caption Prof Djikeng’s thinking was moulded by his childhood experiences A researcher in Edinburgh is leading efforts to develop gene-edited farm animals for poor farmers in Africa. Prof Appolinaire Djikeng is developing cows, pigs and chickens that are resistant to diseases and more productive. Among them are cattle that have […]

105666553 gettyimages 1002940646 - BP: Plastic ban "could have unintended consequences"
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BP: Plastic ban "could have unintended consequences"

Image copyright Getty Images There are many interesting news nuggets in BP’s annual Energy Outlook that’s just been published. The document says that even as renewable energy becomes the world’s major power source by 2040, demand for oil will stay strong over the next two decades. But perhaps the most intriguing suggestion in the report […]

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Space harpoon skewers 'orbital debris'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA harpoon was fired to catch some debris successfully The British-led mission to test techniques to clear up space junk has demonstrated a harpoon in orbit. The RemoveDebris satellite fired the projectile into a target board held at a distance on the end of a boom. Video […]