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Offshore wind power cheaper than new nuclear

Offshore wind power cheaper than new nuclear

Image copyright Getty Images Energy from offshore wind in the UK will be cheaper than electricity from new nuclear power for the first time. The cost of subsidies for new offshore wind farms has halved since the last 2015 auction for clean energy projects Two firms said they were willing to build offshore wind farms […]

Cycling: Groups call for action on ‘car-dooring’

Cycling: Groups call for action on ‘car-dooring’

Media captionA driving instructor explains how the ‘Dutch reach’ works A campaign to raise awareness of “car-dooring” is needed to save lives on Britain’s roads, Cycling UK has said. The campaign group says cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians are being injured and killed by drivers and their passengers carelessly opening doors. It wants the Dutch reach […]

Bats ‘tricked’ into flying into buildings

Bats ‘tricked’ into flying into buildings

Image copyright Stefan Greif Image caption Greater mouse-eared bats (Myotis myotis) were studied in experiments Modern buildings with large expanses of glass or mirrored surfaces are “potentially dangerous” for bats, research suggests. Scientists are calling for monitoring of the risks, particularly in areas where bats congregate in large numbers. Bats have a remarkable ability to […]

Unknown species may thrive in Antarctic caves

Unknown species may thrive in Antarctic caves

Image copyright Michael S Becker Image caption Some of the DNA resembled known species, other sequences didn’t Animals and plants may be living in warm caves under Antarctica’s ice, according to a study. Australian researchers said that Mount Erebus, an active volcano on Antarctica’s Ross Island, is surrounded by caves hollowed out in the ice […]

‘No fire risk’ with new lithium batteries

‘No fire risk’ with new lithium batteries

Image copyright Jhi Scott, ARL Image caption The batteries produced sufficient energy for use in household electronics Lithium-ion batteries that are resistant to exploding or igniting have been developed by scientists in the US. The devices produced sufficient energy for use in household electronics, but did not catch fire or explode – even when punctured […]

Does the UK need a human ‘body farm’?

Does the UK need a human ‘body farm’?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Investigations of murder cases would benefit from the data gathered at a body farm You are dead. Now what? It’s the start of a fascinating and eventful – if gory and smelly – journey, at least for your body as it decomposes. Understanding decomposition can hold the key to […]

Research grants ‘boost jobs and growth’

Research grants ‘boost jobs and growth’

Image copyright Clyde Space Image caption R&D grants to Glasgow-based Clyde Space have helped the firm become a successful small satellite manufacturing company A national study shows that R&D grants to firms significantly boost growth and create jobs. Grants totalling £8bn led to growth worth £43bn and created around 150,000 jobs. The findings back the […]

Bid to rescue Ben Nevis weather data

Bid to rescue Ben Nevis weather data

Image copyright Royal Meteorological Society Collection Image caption The observatory was funded largely by the Scottish Meteorological Society Scientists are seeking the public’s assistance in rescuing a unique set of weather records gathered at the summit of the UK’s highest mountain. From 1883 to 1904, meteorologists were stationed atop Ben Nevis, logging temperature, precipitation, wind […]

Close research links with EU ‘negotiable’ post-Brexit

Close research links with EU ‘negotiable’ post-Brexit

Image copyright LEWIS HOUGHTON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY The government is prepared to negotiate continued membership of the European Union’s research funding bodies after exiting the EU, the BBC understands. A range of options for scientific collaboration will be set out in a government paper on Wednesday. The paper will show that the UK “values” the research […]

Households ‘need help to get warmer home’

Households ‘need help to get warmer home’

Image copyright PA England’s householders get a raw deal over insulating their homes to save on energy bills, researchers say. Families in other nations receive much more help to reduce bills, the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) says. The researchers say recent UK government cuts to energy efficiency programmes are “ludicrous” – and the opposite […]