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Lassa fever

[ad_1] Image copyright Alamy Since the beginning of the year, Nigeria has been gripped by an outbreak of a deadly disease. Lassa fever is one of a number of illnesses which can cause dangerous epidemics, but for which no vaccine currently exists. Lassa fever is not a new disease, but the current outbreak is unprecedented, […]

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Sound of speed

[ad_1] A British team is developing a car that will be capable of reaching 1,000mph (1,610km/h). Powered by a rocket bolted to a Eurofighter-Typhoon jet engine, the vehicle aims to show its potential by going progressively faster, year after year. In 2018, Bloodhound wants to run above 500mph. In 2019, the goal is to raise […]

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Burn or bury

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Should we burn waste plastic – or bury it? Since China refused last month to accept any more foreign waste for recycling, the UK is facing a challenge. How can it recycle more of its own waste? And should it bury or burn the low-grade waste that it can’t recycle? We’re […]

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Roman boxing gloves unearthed by Vindolanda dig

[ad_1] Image copyright Vindolanda Trust Image caption The gloves were “skilfully made” about 2,000 years ago Roman boxing gloves unearthed during an excavation near Hadrian’s Wall have gone on public display. Experts at Vindolanda, near Hexham, in Northumberland, believe they are “probably the only known surviving examples from the Roman period”. Dr Andrew Birley, Vindolanda […]

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Origins of land plants pushed back in time

[ad_1] Image copyright Paul Kenrick Image caption Early plants would have looked much like this lava field in Iceland A seminal event in the Earth’s history – when plants appeared on land – may have happened 100 million years earlier than previously thought. Land plants evolved from “pond scum” about 500 million years ago, according […]

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Polar bears captured on collar cams

[ad_1] High-tech tracking collars on nine female polar bears have measured the animals’ efforts to find food on the diminishing Arctic ice. In Spring of 2014, 2015, and 2016, Anthony Pagano, a researcher at the University of California Santa Cruz and his colleagues, set out to track the polar bears’ hunting and survival during this […]

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Polar bears 'running out of food'

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWatch: Collar cams reveal polar bear’s-eye view High-tech collar tracking collars on nine female polar bears have measured the animals’ efforts to find food on the diminishing Arctic ice. The collars recorded video, locations and activity levels over 11 days, while metabolic tracers allowed scientists to […]

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Genetic secret of English salmon

[ad_1] Image copyright Sam Billington, Environment Agency Image caption Chalk-stream salmon look the same as other salmon but their genes tell a different story The salmon from the chalk streams of southern England appear to be genetically distinct from others. Evidence published in the Journal of Fish Biology suggests they may be a separate sub-species […]

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Luxembourg PM watches GovSat-1 space launch

[ad_1] Image copyright SpaceX Image caption SpaceX used one of its “recycled” Falcon 9s to loft GovSat-1 Luxembourg’s Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel, has just watched one of his country’s satellites go into orbit. He was at Cape Canaveral, Florida, to see the launch of GovSat-1, which will be providing telecommunications services to the military and […]

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Hong Kong bans ivory trade in 'historic' vote

[ad_1] Image copyright SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images Image caption The ivory trade will now be phased out in Hong Kong by 2021 Hong Kong’s lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to ban the trade in ivory, in a move campaigners described as “a lifeline for elephants”. A similar ban was brought in across mainland China earlier this year. […]