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Six climate questions for ‘Green GB’

Six climate questions for ‘Green GB’

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists say we must keep global temperature rise under 1.5C – so what does that mean for the UK? Next week, ministers are likely to ask their advisers how Britain can reduce carbon emissions in line with that target. They’ve declared what they’re calling Green GB Week – a celebration of […]

Meet Europe’s new koala clan

Five southern koalas have been flown half way round the world as part of plans to create a back-up population of the species away from their native Australia. Although not an endangered species, they are considered to be vulnerable, and scientists will be studying them in their new home in the UK to see how […]

Seafloor mapping XPRIZE final will be in the Mediterranean, off Greek coast

Seafloor mapping XPRIZE final will be in the Mediterranean, off Greek coast

Image copyright XPRIZE FOUNDATION Image caption Team Texas A&M Ocean Engineering: Autonomy is paramount The final of the ocean XPRIZE, which will see fleets of robots compete to map the largest area of seafloor inside 24 hours, will take place in deep waters off the coast of Greece. Teams will be invited in turn to […]

Hubble telescope hit by mechanical failure

Hubble telescope hit by mechanical failure

Image copyright NASA Image caption Hubble has been been operational for 28 years The Hubble Space Telescope is operating with only essential functions after it lost one of the gyroscopes needed to point the spacecraft. The observatory, described as one of the most important scientific instruments ever created, was placed in “safe mode” over the […]

One-off genetic test could detect heart attack risk

One-off genetic test could detect heart attack risk

Image copyright Science Photo Library People born at increased risk of heart attack could be identified by a one off-genetic test, a study has found. The Genomic Risk Score (GRS) test would only cost £40, cheap enough for population-wide screening, say the researchers. It could help to explain why people with apparently no conventional risk […]

Final call to save the world from ‘climate catastrophe’

Final call to save the world from ‘climate catastrophe’

Image copyright Getty Images It’s the final call, say scientists, the most extensive warning yet on the risks of rising global temperatures. Their dramatic report on keeping that rise under 1.5 degrees C says the world is now completely off track, heading instead towards 3C. Keeping to the preferred target of 1.5C above pre-industrial levels […]

Ukraine builds solar plant near Chernobyl

The area around the plant is now part of an exclusion zone spanning 1,000 square miles (2,600 sq km) Ukraine builds solar plant near Chernobyl

Scientists condemn professor’s ‘morally reprehensible’ talk

Scientists condemn professor’s ‘morally reprehensible’ talk

Image copyright CERN Image caption Cern, home to the Large Hadron Collider, was quick to condemn the talk More than 1,600 scientists have so far signed a statement condemning the remarks of the Italian researcher who stated that physics was “built by men”. Prof Alessandro Strumia presented an analysis to an audience of predominantly young […]

Vietnam’s children and the fear of climate change

Vietnam’s children and the fear of climate change

Image caption The threat of climate change exercises the minds of even the youngest in Vietnam One little girl draws a nightmarish picture of people calling for rescue as they drown in rising water. Another sketches a huge snake with sharp teeth to show the power and danger of flooding. These disturbing images are the […]

First ‘exomoon’ may have been found

First ‘exomoon’ may have been found

Image copyright Dan Durda Image caption Artwork: There’s nothing like this planet-moon pair in our Solar System Astronomers have announced the possible discovery of the first known moon outside our Solar System. This “exomoon” is not like any in our cosmic neighbourhood: it’s the size of Neptune and orbits a planet the size of Jupiter […]