95239834 2e30638c 05e7 4de3 9aea 539ea471a892 - Genetically-modified crops have benefits - Princess Anne
Science/Nature

Genetically-modified crops have benefits – Princess Anne

Media captionPrincess Anne on Radio 4’s Farming Today: “Not very many downsides” to gene technology Princess Anne has said genetically-modified crops have important benefits for providing food and she would be open to growing them on her own land. She told BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today “we have to accept” the process could help production […]

95259917 gettyimages 634481418 1 - Plans for coal-fired power plants drop by almost half in 2016
Science/Nature

Plans for coal-fired power plants drop by almost half in 2016

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption This new Chinese coal-fired plant opened in January but many more have been put on hold Twenty-sixteen saw a “dramatic” decline in the number of coal-fired power stations in pre-construction globally. The authors of a new study say there was a 48% fall in planned coal units, with a […]

95261829 gettyimages 53343187 - 'Dispersal machines'
Science/Nature

'Dispersal machines'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cane toads were introduced to Queensland from Puerto Rico They are toxic invaders that have conquered swathes of northern Australia as they continue their seemingly irrepressible march west towards the Indian Ocean. Packed with poison and supremely adaptable, the dreaded cane toad, or Bufo marinus, has few friends in […]

95256328 mediaitem95256324 - Fossil named after Sir David Attenborough
Science/Nature

Fossil named after Sir David Attenborough

Image copyright Siveter et al Image caption Cascolus ravitis has been reconstructed as a virtual fossil, revealing every detail of the animal A 430-million-year-old fossil discovered “frozen in time” in ancient volcanic rock has been named after Sir David Attenborough. The tiny crustacean, measuring less than 1cm long, was found by researchers in Herefordshire. It […]

95260358 elkhornslough rockanvil mussel3 - Sea otters ahead of dolphins in using tools
Science/Nature

Sea otters ahead of dolphins in using tools

Image copyright Jessica Fujii Image caption Sea otters use rocks to crack open shellfish Sea otters may have been using stone tools for thousands or even millions of years, according to scientists. It appears otters learned how to use tools long before other marine mammals. Sea otters are often seen floating on their backs, using […]

95261289 icecubeart - Nasa 'smallsats' open up new planetary frontier
Science/Nature

Nasa 'smallsats' open up new planetary frontier

Image copyright NASA Image caption The IceCube smallsat was designed to study Earth, but upcoming missions would be despatched to other planetary bodies Nasa is planning a series of small satellite missions that could open up new ways of exploring the Solar System. James Green, head of planetary science at Nasa, told BBC News that […]

95270314 trumpnasa - President jokes while signing space agency funding bill
Science/Nature

President jokes while signing space agency funding bill

President Donald Trump joked that Nasa could send the US Congress to Mars as he signed a bill that guaranteed funding for the space agency for the next financial year. The bill includes money to go towards a manned mission to Mars, Nasa’s next big goal. Despite this, the Nasa budget fell slightly, from $19.5bn […]

95260121 p04xlmss - Why a Czech zoo is dehorning its white rhinos
Science/Nature

Why a Czech zoo is dehorning its white rhinos

Dvur Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic, has taken the decision to remove the horns from its white rhinos for their safety. Rhino poaching has reached a crisis point after a white rhino was killed for its horn at a zoo in France in early March. Dehorning is not painful to the rhino as there’s […]

95253050 gettyimages 56084027 - Tiny genetic change lets bird flu leap to humans
Science/Nature

Tiny genetic change lets bird flu leap to humans

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption At least six provinces have reported human cases of H7N9 influenza this year, according to Chinese state media A change in just a single genetic “letter” of the flu virus allows bird flu to pass to humans, according to scientists. Monitoring birds for viruses that carry the change could […]

95252259 mediaitem95252258 - Rosetta saw cliffs collapse on comet
Science/Nature

Rosetta saw cliffs collapse on comet

Image copyright ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM Image caption A wide range of changes were observed on Comet 67P The comet visited by the Rosetta spacecraft is constantly being re-shaped, sometimes in dramatic fashion. It witnessed the collapse of entire cliffs at two locations on Comet 67P, events that were probably driven by exposure to sunlight. The European probe […]

95252467 251825f9 b0a3 4306 ad77 8cdf4dfb8fa7 - Crustal attraction
Science/Nature

Crustal attraction

Media captionSensing the magnetism of rocks from orbit is very challenging It is the best depiction yet of the magnetism retained in Earth’s rocks, as viewed from space. The map was constructed using data from Europe’s current Swarm mission, combined with legacy information from a forerunner satellite called Champ. Variations as small as 250km across […]

95240994 mediaitem95240993 - Spaceport protest delays rocket launch in French Guiana
Science/Nature

Spaceport protest delays rocket launch in French Guiana

Image copyright EPA Image caption The Ariane 5 rocket during a previous launch The launch of a French rocket from a space centre in French Guiana has been delayed after workers erected barricades as part of a labour dispute. The Ariane 5 rocket was due to take a South Korean satellite and a Brazilian satellite […]