‘Boaty McBoatface’ maps deep ocean water

Image copyright P.Abrahamsen/BAS Image caption The expedition was the new sub’s first major scientific outing Intrepid submarine Boaty McBoatface has made its first significant discovery, say UK scientists. The autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) has built a 3D map of deep ocean waters as they move away from Antarctica. Researchers previously had limited data to show […]

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Experts cast doubt over Highlands spaceport plan

Image copyright HIE Image caption An artist’s impression of the spaceport Doubts have been cast on the suitability of the site vying to be the location for the UK’s first major spaceport. Land on the A’Mhoine Peninsula in Sutherland has been identified as a location for the launching of rockets carrying micro satellites. The move […]

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MPs call for end to ‘throwaway clothes’ era

Image copyright Getty Images A report by MPs has urged the UK government to end the era of throwaway clothes and poor working conditions in the fashion supply chain. The MPs’ proposals are designed to force the fashion industry to clean up its act. They made 18 recommendations covering environmental and labour practices and want […]

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Atlantic Ocean ‘running out of breath’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption‘Safe havens’ for marine life will be identified in the ecosystem of the Atlantic Ocean A huge international research programme has been launched to assess the health of the Atlantic Ocean. The iAtlantic project is the biggest ever mounted in the planet’s second largest ocean. It involves […]

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Dogs’ eyes evolve to appeal to humans

If a dog has eyes that seem to be telling you something or demanding your attention, it could be evolution’s way of manipulating your feelings. Researchers have found that dogs have evolved muscles around their eyes, which allow them to make expressions that particularly appeal to humans. A small facial muscle allows dog eyes to […]

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Face to face with DR Congo’s deadly vipers

Amid the swathes of forest that cover the country, and behind the headlines of war and Ebola, the Democratic Republic of Congo is at the forefront of a hidden health crisis. With vast jungles home to numerous species of venomous snakes, DR Congo is a hotspot of injury and death from snakebite envenomation, an issue […]

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The family-of-four living off-grid

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe Watkinson family live self sufficiently in Wales The government proposes reducing UK greenhouse gas emissions to almost zero by 2050, under a new plan to tackle climate change. The Victoria Derbyshire programme met a family who live self sufficiently and provide a glimpse of the kind […]

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