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Getting a grip

Image copyright BLOODHOUND SSC A British team is developing a car that will be capable of reaching 1,000mph (1,610km/h). Powered by a rocket bolted to a Eurofighter-Typhoon jet engine, the vehicle aims to show its potential by going progressively faster, year after year. In 2018, Bloodhound wants to run above 500mph. In 2019, the goal […]

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Power switch

Image copyright Alamy Image caption Tamil Nadu is expected to double its capacity to generate wind power India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu is poised to become a global leader in wind power, according to a new report. But first the state must overcome its addiction to coal, writes Nityanand Jayaraman. The report – by […]

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Potato plastics

Image copyright Biome Bioplastics Image caption Potato starch and plant fibres can be turned into compostable plastics We know that plastic waste is a big problem for the planet – our oceans are becoming clogged with the stuff and we’re rapidly running out of landfill sites. Only 9% is recycled. Burning it contributes to greenhouse […]

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Secrets of solar flares are unlocked

Image copyright NASA Image caption Magnetic flux ropes (shown right) are at the heart of eruptions from the Sun Scientists may finally understand the mechanism behind solar flares. Flares can occur on their own, or be accompanied by powerful eruptions of plasma (charged gas) from the Sun. If charged particles from these eruptions reach Earth, […]

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DNA story of when life first gave us lemons

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Oranges are the result of thousands of years of human selection All citrus fruits can trace their roots to the southeast foothills of the Himalayas, according to DNA evidence. The first citrus trees appeared about eight million years ago, before spreading around the world, say international scientists. The trees […]

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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 […]

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Cheddar Man: DNA shows early Briton had dark skin

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDNA shows early Brit had dark skin A cutting-edge scientific analysis shows that a Briton from 10,000 years ago had dark brown skin and blue eyes. Researchers from London’s Natural History Museum extracted DNA from Cheddar Man, Britain’s oldest complete skeleton, which was discovered in 1903. University […]

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UK 'could adopt' Norway bottle recycling system

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHow Norway’s bottle recycling scheme works A Scandinavian deposit-based system for recycling bottles is thought likely to be adopted in the UK. Advisers to government say the schemes have massively reduced plastic litter in the environment and seas. And a ministerial delegation has been to Norway to […]