Archive for April 24th, 2017:

Road verges ‘last refuge’ for plants

Image copyright Tim Pankhurst Image caption Fen ragwort: It grows naturally only by a roadside in Cambridgeshire Roadside verges are becoming the last refuge for some of the rarest wild flowers and plants in the UK, according to a conservation charity. Plantlife is calling for better management of grassy verges to preserve a wealth of

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Munch inspired by ‘screaming clouds’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Edvard Munch’s The Scream: One of the world’s most famous works of art Norwegian scientists have put forward a new theory to explain the inspiration behind one of the most famous works of art ever produced. The Scream (1892), by Edvard Munch, depicts a figure holding its face, which

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Plastic-eating caterpillar could munch waste, scientists say

Image copyright CÉSAR HERNÁNDEZ/CSIC Image caption Wax worm caterpillars in a petri dish A caterpillar that munches on plastic bags could hold the key to tackling plastic pollution, scientists say. Researchers at Cambridge University have discovered that the larvae of the moth, which eats wax in bee hives, can also degrade plastic. Experiments show the

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