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Cultured lab meat may make climate change worse

Image copyright Getty 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 […]

Mystery disease killing beech trees

Image copyright C.Ewing Image caption Once a tree displays the symptoms of Beech Leaf Disease, it will die in the coming years A mysterious disease that is killing beech trees is spreading across parts of the United States. Scientists say the disease, known as Beech Leaf Disease, has been recorded in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Schoolchildren go on strike over climate change

Schoolchildren across the UK have gone on strike as part of a global campaign calling for action over climate change. Students around the country walked out of school to call on the government to declare a climate emergency and take active steps to tackle the problem. “Save our planet” was the message chanted by thousands […]

LIGO gravitational waves: Black hole detectors to get upgrade

Image copyright NSF Image caption The LIGO Louisiana lab that detected gravitational waves is in line for an upgrade The UK and US governments will spend £25m upgrading the machines that made the historic first detection of gravitational waves in 2015. The improved instruments will be able to sense collisions of black holes nearly twice […]

Space harpoon skewers ‘orbital debris’

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 of the event shows the miniature spear […]

Chernobyl: The end of a three-decade experiment

Chernobyl: The end of a three-decade experiment

Since the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986, an exclusion zone of more than 4,000 square kilometres has been abandoned. That could be about to change, as Victoria Gill discovered during a week-long trip to the zone. “This place is more than half of my life,” says Gennady Laptev. The broad-shouldered Ukrainian […]

Climate strike: Why are students striking and will it have an impact?

Image copyright Getty Images Are the UK’s school strikes for climate change the moment that British youth finally wakes up to the “climate emergency”? It may not represent a paradigm shift just yet, but the speed and scale of this young person’s movement does make it feel more than a momentary splutter of impotent anger. […]

Search for Shackleton’s lost Endurance ship called off

Image copyright F.HURLEY/SPRI Image caption The Endurance’s ill-fated voyage marked the end of the “heroic age” of Antarctic exploration The attempt this week to find Sir Ernest Shackleton’s missing ship, the Endurance, has ended – without success. A UK-led expedition to the Weddell Sea sent a sub to the ocean floor to look for the […]

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