Archive for February 14th, 2018:

BBC to ban single-use plastics by 2020 after Blue Planet II

Image copyright PA Image caption More than eight million tonnes of plastic enters the world’s oceans every year. The BBC is to ban single-use plastics by 2020, after TV series Blue Planet II highlighted the scale of sea pollution. First, throwaway plastic cups and cutlery will be scrapped by the end of this year, followed

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Amazon fish challenges mutation idea

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Amazon molly is thought to be a hybrid of two different species Evolutionary theory suggests that species favouring asexual reproduction will rapidly become extinct, as their genomes accumulate deadly mutations over time. But a study on an Amazon fish has cast doubt on the rapidity of this decline. Despite

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Genes remain active after death

Image copyright PETER MENZEL/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Image caption Transcriptomics might one day help forensic scientists predict time of death Cells continue to function even after an individual dies. That’s according to a scientific study published in Nature Communications. Analysing post-mortem samples, an international team of scientists showed that some genes became more active after death.

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