Archive for November, 2016:

Japan Fukushima nuclear plant ‘clean-up costs double’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Fukushima nuclear plant was hit by a tsunami triggered by an earthquake in March 2011 Japan’s government estimates the cost of cleaning up radioactive contamination and compensating victims of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster has more than doubled, reports say. The latest estimate from the trade ministry put

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Astronaut eye problems blamed on spinal fluid

Image copyright NASA Image caption Astronauts Luca Parmitano and Michael Hopkins research vision changes on the International Space Station Scientists might have found the root cause of vision problems that affect some astronauts. Some spacefarers who stay in orbit for long periods develop blurry vision along with a suite of physical changes. Now, a team

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Rare Antarctic beetle find delights

Image copyright Dr Allan Ashworth Image caption The fossilised forewings were discovered on the Beardmore Glacier Scientists have made a rare find: a new species of fossil beetle from Antarctica. It’s the first evidence of a ground beetle found on the southernmost continent. And Antarctic insects are themselves a rarity – the absence of biodiversity

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Croatian scientists ‘find 30 new species in caves’

Croatian scientists say they have discovered 30 new species of animal in subterranean caves, following a two-year search of the Sibenik-Knin County’s national park. Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38118998

Air pollution ’causes 467,000 premature deaths a year in Europe’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Anti-pollution masks are becoming a more common sight in Europe’s polluted cities Air pollution is causing around 467,000 premature deaths in Europe every year, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has warned. People in urban areas are especially at risk, with around 85% exposed to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) at levels

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Flood spending decisions ‘perverse’, Green Alliance says

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Flood water gathers in fields in Somerset following Storm Angus England spends nearly four times more on activities that may cause flooding than it invests to combat flooding, the Green Alliance think tank has said. It says £1.5bn went on subsidies for farm management that ignores or increases flood

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Predatory bacteria can wipe out superbugs, says study

Image copyright SPL Image caption Bdellovibrio can munch on other species of bacteria Predatory bacteria – that eat others of their kind – could be a new weapon in the fight against superbugs, say UK researchers. Experiments showed a dose of Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus acted like a “living antibiotic” to help clear an otherwise lethal infection.

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Egypt ancient city unearthed by archaeologists

Image copyright Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities Image caption The site may have been home to ancient Egyptian tomb builders Archaeologists in Egypt have unearthed what they describe as a city that dates back more than 5,000 years, containing houses, tools, pottery and huge graves. It lies by the River Nile, close to the Temple of

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Health Canada proposes ban on pesticide linked to bee deaths

Image copyright PA Image caption Beekeepers have long worried about the effect of such pesticides Canada’s health regulator is planning to ban a controversial neonicotinoid pesticide, which it says has contaminated waterways and killed important aquatic insects. Health Canada wants to ban virtually all uses of the pesticide Imidacloprid. It said Imidacloprid poses risks to

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Women in science pledge to combat hate

Image copyright 500womenscientists.org Almost 10,000 women working in science have signed an open letter pledging to combat discrimination and “anti-science sentiment” following the US election. A group of scientists drafted the letter with the initial aim of building a network of 500 women. In the six days since its publication, 8,800 researchers have signed the

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