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Why forest fires in Siberia, Russia threaten us all

Wildfires in Siberia have been releasing record amounts of greenhouse gases, scientists say, contributing to global warming. The fires, fuelled by abnormally high temperatures, have been burning as far north as the Arctic Circle. BBC Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg travelled to the remote Yakutia region, in northeastern Russia, to gauge the effects of climate change, […]

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‘Boring’ research reveals what lies beneath Glasgow

*:not([hidden]):not(style) ~ *:not([hidden]):not(style){margin-top:1rem;} ]]> By Kenneth MacdonaldBBC Scotland special correspondent img{overflow:hidden;position:absolute;top:0;right:0;bottom:0;left:0;display:-webkit-box;display:-webkit-flex;display:-ms-flexbox;display:flex;-webkit-box-pack:center;-webkit-justify-content:center;-ms-flex-pack:center;justify-content:center;-webkit-align-items:center;-webkit-box-align:center;-ms-flex-align:center;align-items:center;width:100%;height:100%;object-fit:cover;} ]]> image captionMussels preserved as fossils have been found nearly 200 metres below the surface *:not([hidden]):not(style) ~ *:not([hidden]):not(style){margin-top:1rem;} ]]> Boreholes drilled deep beneath Glasgow are revealing the secrets of the rocks on which the city stands. It is part of a project aiming to […]

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Experts call for new era for wildlife in UK

Image copyright Science Photo LibraryImage caption The hedgehog is deemed vulnerable to extinction in Britain Conservation experts are calling on the prime minister to commit to protecting nature. They say the past decade has seen far too little action, with England remaining one of the world’s most nature-depleted countries. The letter to Boris Johnson was […]

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UK Space Agency funds tech for orbital awareness

Image copyright D-ORBITImage caption Artwork: D-Orbit’s carrier platform has cameras that could also look for nearby space debris New approaches to tracking satellites and debris in orbit are to get a boost from the UK Space Agency. UKSA is giving over £1m to seven firms to help advance novel sensor technologies and the smart algorithms […]

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Bear from Ice Age found ‘completely preserved’ in Russian Arctic

image copyrightNorth-Eastern Federal Universityimage captionThe Ice Age-era bear was found on the Lyakhovsky Islands in north-east Russia The immaculately preserved remains of an Ice Age-era bear have been unearthed by reindeer herders in the Russian Arctic, researchers have said. The bear was revealed by the melting permafrost on the Lyakhovsky Islands in north-eastern Russia. With […]

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Gene editing to produce ‘super dad’ livestock

Image copyright JonOatleyImage caption The genetically modified goats are a “proof in principle”, say scientists Scientists have produced gene-edited animals they say could serve as “super dads” or “surrogate sires”. The pigs, goats, cattle and mice make sperm carrying the genetic material of donor animals. The researchers used a hi-tech gene editing tool to knock […]

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Ship with no crew to sail across the Atlantic

A full-size, fully-autonomous research ship is to make one of the world’s first autonomous transatlantic voyages. Promare, a non-profit marine research organisation, has worked with IBM, a global consortium of partners and scientific organisations to build the Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS). Launching from Plymouth in the UK on 16 September 2020, the ship will travel […]