Archive for October, 2016:

New project to measure UK air pollution from the air

Scientists have carried out their first test flight of a project to measure UK air pollution from the air. The Natural Environment Research council will embark on a mission to fly through and analyse plumes of pollution emitted by urban areas across the country. The aim is to build a picture of how the country

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Renewable energy capacity overtakes coal

Image copyright Getty Images The International Energy Agency says that the world’s capacity to generate electricity from renewable sources has now overtaken coal. The IEA says in a new report that last year, renewables accounted for more than half of the increase in power capacity. The report says half a million solar panels were installed

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Growth of city trees can cut air pollution, says report

Image caption Trees are estimated to provide the equivalent of “at least £133 million” of benefits each year in London, such as cutting air pollution, a study suggests Planting trees is a cost-effective way to tackle urban air pollution, which is a growing problem for many cities. A study by US-based The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

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Tributes to Scottish scientist who died in Antarctica snowmobile accident

Image copyright Leigh Stearns Image caption An investigation has been launched into Prof Gordon Hamilton’s death The family of a Dundee-born scientist who died in Antarctica said they were “immensely proud” of his achievements. Dr Gordon Hamilton, 50, was killed after his snowmobile plunged 100ft (30.48m) into a crevasse on Saturday. His body was later

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‘Super-parenting’ improves children’s autism

Image caption Louisa with her son Frank Giving mums and dads the skills to become “super parents” can dramatically improve their child’s autism, a long-term study has shown. In the training, parents watched films of themselves playing with their child while a therapist gave precise tips for helping their child communicate. “What is remarkable is

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Mosquito army released in Zika fight in Brazil & Colombia

Image copyright SINCLAIR STAMMERS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Image caption Aedes aegypti mosquitoes can spread Zika and dengue Scientists are planning to release an army of millions of modified mosquitoes in areas of Brazil and Colombia. They say the unusual approach is an attempt to provide “revolutionary protection” against mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika and chikungunya. The

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HIV Patient Zero cleared by science

Image copyright SPL One of the most demonised patients in history – Gaetan Dugas – has been convincingly cleared of claims he spread HIV to the US, say scientists. Mr Dugas, a homosexual flight attendant, gained legendary status in the history of HIV/Aids when he became known as Patient Zero. But a study, in the

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Dish to listen for ET around strange star

Image copyright NRAO Image caption The Green Bank Telescope is located in a rural area of West Virginia A $100m initiative to listen for signals from alien life is targeting a star with an unusual dimming pattern. The Breakthrough Listen project, backed by Prof Stephen Hawking, will train a US radio telescope on a target

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King’s favourite fish to make comeback in River Severn project

Image copyright PA/Thinkstock Image caption Shad are said to have been favoured in the court of Henry III A scheme that aims to re-establish one of King Henry III’s favourite fish in the River Severn has been given nearly £20m in funding. It will reopen the river to fish species, many of which vanished after

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Gut instinct drives battery boost

Image copyright Zhao et al Image caption A thin layer mimics the structure of the intestines Scientists have designed a new prototype battery that mimics the structure of the human intestines. It’s a type of battery called lithium-sulphur, which – in theory – could have five times the energy density of the lithium-ion forms in

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