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Neanderthals ‘dived in the ocean’ for shellfish

Image copyright Science Photo LibraryImage caption Museum reconstruction of a Neanderthal New data suggests that our evolutionary cousins the Neanderthals may have been diving under the ocean for clams. It adds to mounting evidence that the old picture of these ancient people as brutish and unimaginative is wrong. Until now, there had been little clear […]

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Reconnecting with nature ‘triggers’ eco-actions

Image caption The study suggests there is a strong link between exposure to nature and behaving in a sustainable manner People who have access to nature or urban green spaces are much more likely to behave in environmentally friendly ways, a study suggests. Researchers used a representative sample of 24,000 people in England for their […]

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Birmingham car ban: How would the scheme work?

Image caption The A38 could be rerouted to an “upgraded ring road” A plan to ban car drivers from taking trips across Birmingham city centre has raised questions about taxis, commuting, electric vehicles and emergencies. So how would it actually work? What is the plan? Birmingham City Council wants to cut air pollution by allowing […]

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Oldest material on Earth discovered

Image copyright ESA/Hubble/NASA/Janaína ÁvilaImage caption Some of the pre-solar grains in the Murchison meteorite (inset) could have come from evolved stars similar to the Egg Nebula (pictured) Scientists analysing a meteorite have discovered the oldest material known to exist on Earth. They found dust grains within the space rock – which fell to Earth in […]

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Secrets of ‘1,000-year-old trees’ unlocked

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Ginkgo leaves in autumn Scientists have discovered the secret of how the ginkgo tree can live for more than 1,000 years. A study found the tree makes protective chemicals that fend off diseases and drought. And, unlike many other plants, its genes are not programmed to trigger inexorable decline when […]