Archive for March, 2017:

How the mouse came to live alongside humans

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption House mice are found in human homes throughout the world Mice have been living alongside humans for 15,000 years, according to fossil evidence. This is earlier than previously thought – and predates the dawn of agriculture. Scientists believe wild mice crept into settlements in the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean) region

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‘Fake science used to justify badger culls’

Image copyright SPL A senior researcher has accused the UK government of using “fake science” to justify its policy of culling badgers to control cattle TB. Prof Rosie Woodroffe has told BBC News that minsters were creating an “illusion” of success to justify the policy. She was speaking ahead of a scientific symposium on controlling

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Nasa ‘smallsats’ open up new planetary frontier

Image copyright NASA Image caption The IceCube smallsat was designed to study Earth, but upcoming missions would be despatched to other planetary bodies Nasa is planning a series of small satellite missions that could open up new ways of exploring the Solar System. James Green, head of planetary science at Nasa, told BBC News that

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Fossil tracks are Australia’s ‘Jurassic Park’

Image copyright STEVEN W. SALISBURY Scientists have described a remarkable collection of dinosaur tracks on beaches on the Dampier Peninsula, Western Australia. More than 20 different types of fossil footmarks have been captured in sandstone rock. Some are over 1.5m in size, recording the movement of sauropods – the giant beasts with long necks and

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‘Fake research’ comes under scrutiny

Image copyright SPL The scale of “fake research” in the UK appears to have been underestimated, a BBC investigation suggests. Official data points to about 30 allegations of research misconduct between 2012 and 2015. However, figures obtained by the BBC under Freedom of Information rules identified hundreds of allegations over a similar time period at

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UK schoolboy corrects Nasa data error

Media captionMiles Soloman tells Radio 4′s World At One how he discovered something the Nasa experts missed A British teenager has contacted scientists at Nasa to point out an error in a set of their own data. A-level student Miles Soloman found that radiation sensors on the International Space Station (ISS) were recording false data.

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Fruit-shaped sensor ‘can improve freshness’

Image copyright Empa A new fruit-shaped sensor could help cargo companies to keep fruit fresher in transit, researchers say. The device – which mimics the size, shape and composition of real fruit – is packed in with produce in transit and closely monitors its temperature. It comes in orange, apple, banana and mango varieties, and

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Impact crater linked to Martian tsunamis

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Did early Mars have a vast northern ocean? Scientists have located an impact crater linked to powerful tsunamis that swept across part of ancient Mars. The team believe an asteroid triggered 150m-high waves when it plunged into an ocean thought to have existed on northern Mars three billion

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Trump administration approves Keystone XL pipeline

Image copyright Reuters The Trump administration has issued a permit to energy company TransCanada to build the Keystone XL pipeline. The State Department said it had found the project, which was blocked by former US President Barack Obama, to be in the US national interest. The 1,180 mile (1,900km) pipeline will carry tar sands oil

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‘Devastating’ coral loss in South China Sea

Image copyright Thomas DeCarlo Image caption Coral bleaching at the Dongsha Atoll Scientists are warning of another “devastating” loss of coral due to a spike in sea temperatures. They say 40% of coral has died at the Dongsha Atoll in the South China Sea. Nothing as severe has happened on Dongsha for at least 40

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