Archive for January 11th, 2018:

Meet the butterflies from 200 million years ago

Image copyright Bas van de Schootbrugge Image caption One of the scales under the microscope Newly discovered fossils show that moths and butterflies have been on the planet for at least 200 million years. Scientists found fossilised butterfly scales the size of a speck of dust inside ancient rock from Germany. The find pushes back

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‘Serious gap’ in cosmic expansion rate hints at new physics

Image copyright NASA Image caption Artwork: The expansion of the Universe has been accelerating in the billions of years since the Big Bang A mathematical discrepancy in the expansion rate of the Universe is now “pretty serious”, and could point the way to a major discovery in physics, says a Nobel laureate. The most recent

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Theresa May defends ‘long-term’ plastic waste plan

Image copyright Getty Images Theresa May has defended her 25-year plan to protect the environment as campaigners called for “emergency” action now. The prime minister said her long-term strategy, including eradicating all avoidable plastic waste in the UK by 2042, would allow future generations to “enjoy a beautiful environment”. Green groups said the proposals should

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