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‘Test tube trees’: An insurance policy against extinction?

Image copyright Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Image caption A mini oak tree growing in a test tube A tiny oak tree emerges from a test tube in the laboratory. The seedling of the mighty oak has had an unusual start in life. Raised using techniques pioneered in fertility labs, it is the product of new […]

InSight: The jeopardy of landing on Mars

InSight: The jeopardy of landing on Mars

Media captionNasa’s Insight video is fronted by chief engineer Rob Manning The American space agency has released a video describing the perilous journey its InSight probe will make to the surface of Mars later this month. Fronted by Rob Manning, the chief engineer at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the film describes the various stages of […]

Weather: UK experiencing hotter days and ‘tropical nights’ – Met Office

Image copyright PA Image caption While 2018 saw an extremely hot summer in the UK, the previous decade was also warmer than the long-term average The UK has experienced more weather extremes over the last 10 years when compared with previous decades, a Met Office report has said. The hottest days have become almost 1C […]

New £50 note will feature a British scientist

Image copyright Bank of England The new £50 note will feature a prominent British scientist, the Bank of England has announced, with the public being asked for nominations. In addition to the Queen, the note will include the portrait of an eminent late scientist from fields such as biology, astronomy and medical research. The public […]

DNA project to decode ‘all complex life’ on Earth

Image copyright Getty Images A mission to sequence the genome of every known animal, plant, fungus and protozoan – a group of single-celled organisms – is underway. The Earth BioGenome Project (EBP) has been described as a “moonshot for biology”. A key aim is to use the information in efforts to conserve threatened species. Scientists […]

Project to decode ‘all complex life’ on Earth

Image copyright Getty Images A mission to sequence the genome of every known animal, plant, fungus and single-celled organism – known collectively as protozoa – is underway. The Earth BioGenome Project (EBP) has been described as a “moonshot for biology”. A key aim is to use the information in efforts to conserve threatened species. Scientists […]

Climate change: Oceans ‘soaking up more heat than estimated’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The new study says the oceans have absorbed far more heat than previously thought The world has seriously underestimated the amount of heat soaked up by our oceans over the past 25 years, researchers say. Their study suggests that the seas have absorbed 60% more than previously thought. They […]

Coral: Palau to ban sunscreen products to protect reefs

Image copyright Getty Images Palau is set to become the first country to impose a widespread ban on sunscreen in an effort to protect its vulnerable coral reefs. The government has signed a law that restricts the sale and use of sunscreen and skincare products that contain a list of ten different chemicals. Researchers believe […]

Parker Solar Probe: Nasa’s Sun mission smashes records

Parker Solar Probe: Nasa’s Sun mission smashes records

Image copyright NASA-JHU-APL Image caption Artwork: Parker must always keep its heatshield pointed at the Sun America’s audacious mission to “touch the Sun” has now got nearer to our star than any previous human-made object. The Parker Solar Probe passed the current record of 42.73 million km (26.55 million miles) from the Sun’s surface on […]

Chocolate: Origins of delicacy pushed back in time

Chocolate: Origins of delicacy pushed back in time

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The ingredients for chocolate – cocoa powder and cocoa butter – are prepared from cocoa seeds Chocolate has been a delicacy for much longer than previously thought. Botanical evidence shows the plant from which chocolate is made was first grown for food more than 5,000 years ago in the […]