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Plastic waste ‘building up’ in Arctic

Plastic waste ‘building up’ in Arctic

Image copyright Geir Wing Gabrielsen Image caption Plastic waste has been found everywhere that researchers have looked for it Plastic waste is building up in the supposedly pristine wilderness of the Norwegian Arctic, scientists say. Researchers are particularly concerned about huge concentrations of microplastic fragments in sea ice. They say they’ve found plastic litter almost […]

Elon Musk’s huge Falcon Heavy rocket set for launch

Elon Musk’s huge Falcon Heavy rocket set for launch

Media captionLive: Falcon Heavy rocket launch Elon Musk is attempting to fly the world’s most powerful rocket with his own sports car on the top. The US entrepreneur’s Falcon Heavy launcher is designed to have twice the lifting capacity of any other vehicle. But because of the historic high failure rate of maiden flights, only […]

Dinosaurs ‘too successful for their own good’

Dinosaurs ‘too successful for their own good’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption T. rex was one of the largest terrestrial carnivores of all time A study mapping how dinosaurs spread across the world shows they may have been a victim of their own success. UK researchers believe they were already in decline before the killer asteroid hit because they had occupied […]

‘Extraordinary’ fossil sheds light on origins of spiders

‘Extraordinary’ fossil sheds light on origins of spiders

Image copyright Bo Wang Image caption The arachnid – resembling a spider with a tail – lived about 100 million years ago An “extraordinary” spider “cousin” trapped in amber for 100 million years is shaking up ideas about the origins of spiders. The ancient creature had a tail, unlike its modern relatives. It belongs to […]

Plastic pollution: Scientists’ plea on threat to ocean giants

Plastic pollution: Scientists’ plea on threat to ocean giants

Image copyright Simon Pierce/Marine Megafauna Foundation Image caption Whale shark in Isla Mujeres Mexico Scientists say there needs to be more research into the impact of plastic pollution on sharks, whales and rays. A study, in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution, says the creatures may be swallowing hundreds of tiny bits of plastic […]

Design call for ‘solar sentinel’ mission

Design call for ‘solar sentinel’ mission

Image copyright ESA Image caption Lagrange would track the “fist” heading towards Earth from the side UK scientists and engineers will play a leading role in developing a satellite that can warn if Earth is about to be hit by damaging solar storms. The European Space Agency has requested studies be undertaken to design the […]

Polar bears ‘running out of food’

Polar bears ‘running out of food’

Media captionWatch: Collar cams reveal polar bear’s-eye view High-tech tracking collars on nine female polar bears have measured the animals’ efforts to find food on the diminishing Arctic ice. Each bear wore a collar – recording video, location and activity levels – for 8-12 days, while metabolic tracers tracked the bears’ energy use. This revealed […]

New Zealand gannet ‘no mates Nigel’ dies alongside fake partner

New Zealand gannet ‘no mates Nigel’ dies alongside fake partner

Image copyright Friends of Mana Island Image caption Nigel (pictured with two replica birds) won the hearts of visitors to the island Nigel “no mates”, a lonely New Zealand gannet who lived his life on the edge of the cliffs of an uninhabited island, has been found dead alongside his partner – a concrete replica […]

Bones clue to ‘lost’ Viking army which made England

Bones clue to ‘lost’ Viking army which made England

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Viking Great Army brought destruction to many of the old Anglo-Saxon kingdoms A lost Viking army which was a “key part” of the creation of England may have been identified by archaeologists. More than 250 skeletons found at St Wystan’s church, Repton, Derbyshire, have been dated to the […]

Are we stuck with plastic drinking straws?

Are we stuck with plastic drinking straws?

Image copyright PA One of the world’s leading makers of single-use plastic drinking straws has told Radio 5 Live that the development of more environmentally friendly alternatives is “stuck”. John Sidanta, chief executive of Primaplast, said he was aware of rising global concern over levels of plastic pollution in oceans and landfills. But he said […]