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SpaceX launches broadband pathfinders

Image copyright SPACEX Image caption The early morning launch had to go off at a very specific time SpaceX launched again on Thursday – this time to put a Spanish radar satellite above the Earth. But there was a lot of interest also in the mission’s secondary payloads – a couple of spacecraft the Californian […]

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Ancient Britons 'replaced' by newcomers

Image caption Beaker pottery starts to appear in Britain around 4,500 years ago The ancient population of Britain was almost completely replaced by newcomers about 4,500 years ago, a study shows. The findings mean modern Britons trace just a small fraction of their ancestry to the people who built Stonehenge. The astonishing result comes from […]

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Government loses clean air court case

Image copyright PA Campaigners have won a third High Court victory over the UK government’s plans to tackle air pollution. Mr Justice Garnham said the Government plan was “unlawful” and that more action was needed in Wales and 45 English local authority areas. He said the Environment Secretary had to ensure that in each of […]

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Burn or bury

Image copyright PA Should we burn waste plastic – or bury it? Since China refused last month to accept any more foreign waste for recycling, the UK is facing a challenge. How can it recycle more of its own waste? And should it bury or burn the low-grade waste that it can’t recycle? We’re trying […]

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Origins of land plants pushed back in time

Image copyright Paul Kenrick Image caption Early plants would have looked much like this lava field in Iceland A seminal event in the Earth’s history – when plants appeared on land – may have happened 100 million years earlier than previously thought. Land plants evolved from “pond scum” about 500 million years ago, according to […]

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Ocean plastic tide 'violates the law'

Image copyright BBC BLUE PLANET II Image caption The issue in the UK has fired to the top of the political agenda following the BBC’s Blue Planet II series The global tide of ocean plastic pollution is a clear violation of international law, campaigners say. They have been urging for a new global treaty to […]

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Pollution blights UK seagrass meadows

Image copyright R.UNSWORTH Image caption Shutting out the light: Algae attach themselves to the leaves of seagrass plants Pollution is having a damaging impact on UK seagrass meadow health, a new study has found. Scientists based in Wales have shown that excessive amounts of nitrogen present in sewage and livestock waste is finding its way […]