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Ecuador's colonial past 'written in soil'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ecuador’s “cloud forest” grows in a narrow corridor on the slopes of the Andes The arrival of European settlers in Ecuador had a profound effect on the country’s population and environment. This is according to new findings from The Open University. Researchers studying soil cores from the Quijos valley […]

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Are young people going cool on cars?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionViews on car ownership Could you live without a car? Reya al-Salahi from London asked herself this question when she moved into a car-free development, but over the past year she’s been fine. Lil Boyer from Dorset says she can’t use rural buses because they are “rubbish” […]

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The new sharks coming to UK waters

Research from the University of Southampton suggests new kinds of shark could migrate to UK waters as the oceans warm. Dr Ken Collins, from the university’s National Oceanography Centre, says 10 species of shark currently found in warmer parts of the world could inhabit our seas by 2050 because of climate change. Here, we profile […]

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UK to build record-breaking solar planes

Image copyright Airbus A solar plane which can stay aloft for weeks at a time is to be manufactured by Airbus in the UK. The unmanned craft flies high in the atmosphere to avoid commercial air traffic and adverse weather. Known as the Zephyr, its remote-sensing potential has already seen the UK MoD invest, but […]