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Coronavirus will transform UK work and travel, says AA

Image copyright AFPImage caption Is the infrastructure we need for the future better motorways or broadband super-highways? The aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis will transform the way we live, work and travel in the UK, the AA says. It predicts a permanent reduction in the demand for travel because people have learned during the crisis […]

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Conifer is top tree in urban sound absorption test

Image copyright Ed Suominen/FlickrImage caption The bark of larch trees was found to offer the most effective sound absorption Scientists say trees have a role to play in combating noise pollution in urban environments and have identified the best species for the job. The larch was found to be the most effective tree when it […]

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Three human-like species lived side-by-side in ancient Africa

Image copyright ScienceImage caption The remains recovered from the cave complex include the earliest example of Homo erectus – a direct human ancestor Two million years ago, three different human-like species were living side-by-side in South Africa, a study shows. The findings underline a growing understanding that the present-day situation, where one human species dominates […]

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UK using 1.2 billion tonnes of material a year

Image copyright Getty Images The UK is using 1.2 billion tonnes of materials a year – that’s the equivalent of 18.5 tonnes of material for every person in the country. The materials include food, timber products, metals, construction materials and fossil fuels. They are vital to the economy, but the figures show the UK is […]

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Oceans can be successfully restored by 2050, say scientists

Image copyright R.Hucke-Gaete Despite being treated as humanity’s rubbish dump for decades, the oceans of the world are proving remarkably resilient, says a new scientific review. Building on that resilience could lead to a full recovery within three decades, the researchers argue. Climate change, and the challenges of scaling up existing conservation efforts, are the […]

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‘Dinosaurs walked through Antarctic rainforests’

Image copyright AWI/James McKayImage caption An artist’s impression of what it might have looked like in West Antarctica 90 million years ago Scientists drilling off the coast of West Antarctica have found the fossil remains of forests that grew in the region 90 million years ago – in the time of the dinosaurs. Their analysis […]