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Whale killing: Iceland accused of slaughtering rare whale

Image copyright Hard to Port Image caption An image showing the fin that experts say is evidence that this is a blue whale Whalers in Iceland have killed what appears to be a blue whale, one of the largest creatures left on the planet. Photographic evidence from campaigners opposed to whaling show a large animal […]

Source of cosmic ‘ghost’ particle revealed

Image copyright IceCube/NSF Image caption The discovery was made at the IceCube detector in Antarctica Ghost-like particles known as neutrinos have been puzzling scientists for decades. Part of the family of fundamental particles that make up all known matter, neutrinos hurtle unimpeded through the Universe, interacting with almost nothing. The majority shoot right through the […]

Survey: Half of young people want electric cars

Survey: Half of young people want electric cars

Image copyright EPA Half of young people in the UK would like to own an electric car – compared with just a quarter of their parents, a survey suggests. The research comes from motoring group the AA, which says myths about electric vehicles are putting off many drivers. This matters because cleaning up air pollution […]

Killing rats could save coral reefs

Killing rats could save coral reefs

Image copyright other The much maligned rat is not a creature many would associate with coral reefs. But scientists studying reefs on tropical islands say the animals directly threaten the survival of these ecosystems. A team working on the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean found that invasive rats on the islands are a “big […]

Earliest evidence of humans outside Africa

Earliest evidence of humans outside Africa

Image copyright Prof Zhaoyu Zhu Scientists say they’ve found the earliest known evidence of a human presence outside Africa. Stone tools discovered in China suggest primitive humans – or a close relative – were in the region as early as 2.12 million years ago. They are about 270,000 years older than the previous earliest evidence, […]

‘We can build a real time machine’

‘We can build a real time machine’

Image copyright BBC / Thomas Scheidl Image caption Ron Mallett built a device that illustrates principles he believes could be used to build a time machine Travelling in time might sound like a flight of fancy, but some physicists think it might really be possible. BBC Horizon looked at some of the most promising ideas […]

Ancient bones reveal forgotten history of whales

Image copyright NOAA Image caption The grey whale has disappeared from the North Atlantic and is now restricted to the North Pacific Whale bones unearthed at Roman ruins suggest the animals were hunted by humans as long as 2,000 years ago. Genetic fingerprinting evidence points to the presence of right and grey whales in the […]

Major sewage pollution incidents increase

Major sewage pollution incidents increase

Image copyright Environment Agency Image caption Pollution: The worst type of incidents are on the increase Water companies are still not doing enough to protect streams and rivers, the Environment Agency reports. It says whilst general water quality is higher than it’s been for 100 years, the number of the worst pollution incidents has actually […]

How to build a real time machine

How to build a real time machine

Image copyright BBC / Thomas Scheidl Image caption Ron Mallett built a device that illustrates principles he believes could be used to build a time machine Travelling in time might sound like a flight of fancy, but some physicists think it might really be possible. BBC Horizon looked at some of the most promising ideas […]

‘Sir David Attenborough’ ready for big splash

‘Sir David Attenborough’ ready for big splash

Image copyright CAMMELL LAIRD/BAS/A.Jeffries Image caption The time of the launch will be 12:20 on Saturday Britain’s new polar research ship is ready to go in the water. The newly assembled hull of the RRS Sir David Attenborough is now standing on the slipway of the Cammell Laird yard in Birkenhead, awaiting launch day. Weather […]