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2017: A grand year in science

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The best science long reads of 2017 (part two)

From investigating the songbird trade in South-East Asia to hanging out with a man who keeps some very poisonous company, here’s a second festive selection of the best science and environment long reads this year. You can read part one here. Sold for a song. By Victoria Gill Lush green blankets of vegetation drape over

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Scan technique reveals secret writing in mummy cases

Image copyright BBC News Image caption Light of different frequencies can bring out writing that is obscured by the paste and plaster that holds mummy cases together Researchers in London have developed scanning techniques that show what is written on the papyrus that mummy cases are made from. These are the decorated boxes into which

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British astronaut Helen Sharman recognised in New Year’s honours

Helen Sharman, the first Briton in space, has been recognised in the New Year’s honours. She joins the Order of St Michael and St George. Article source:

Space science work recognised in New Year Honours

Image copyright NASA/JPL-CALTECH Image caption Artwork: Cassini ran the narrow gap between the top of Saturn’s atmosphere and the rings A leading member of the Cassini mission to Saturn, which ended spectacularly in September 2017, has been recognised in the New Year Honours list. Prof Michele Dougherty from Imperial College, London, has become a Commander

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The best science long reads of 2017 (part one)

From wildlife trafficking in West Africa to visualising the internet of the future, here’s a festive selection of the best science and environment long reads published on the BBC this year. You can read part two tomorrow. The secret trade in baby chimps. By David Shukman and Sam Piranty Image caption Nemley Jr, the infant

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The other Dodo

Image copyright Julian Hume Image caption Two male Rodrigues solitaires fight over a female in the background using club-like wings The extinct Dodo had a little-known relative on another island. This fascinating bird ultimately suffered the same fate as its iconic cousin, but we can reconstruct some of its biology thanks to the writings of

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World first for dog’s broken leg

Researchers in Scotland have saved the leg of a dog using a new technique to grow bones in the laboratory. Eva the dog would have had her entire leg amputated were it not for a novel method of creating bone. Now the team plans to try it on human patients. Article source:

Gardens under threat from ‘game changing’ plant disease

Image copyright EPPO Image caption The pest has infected thousands of hectares of olive plantations in Italy A pest that can infect plants from lavender to cherry trees is of real and growing concern in the UK, say experts. Outbreaks of Xylella fastidiosa have caused widespread problems in Europe, wiping out entire olive groves. The

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Plastic planet

Image copyright Getty Images Marine life is facing “irreparable damage” from the millions of tonnes of plastic waste which ends up in the oceans each year, the United Nations has warned. “This is a planetary crisis… we are ruining the ecosystem of the ocean,” UN oceans chief Lisa Svensson told the BBC this week. But

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