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Water ice ‘detected on Moon’s surface’

Water ice ‘detected on Moon’s surface’

Image copyright NASA Image caption The distribution of surface water ice at the Moon’s south pole (left) and north pole (right) Scientists say they have definitive evidence for water-ice on the surface of the Moon. The ice deposits are found at both the north and south poles, and are likely to be ancient in origin. […]

My green idea: Recycling India’s floral waste

My green idea: Recycling India’s floral waste

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sacred flowers are taken for worship on the hand at the river Ganges India is a place of flowers. Lots of them. Piles of marigolds, roses, carnations and other flowers are left at temples, mosques and sikh gurudwaras for use in religious ceremonies. Afterwards, the flowers can prove difficult […]

Ants show ‘lazy’ approach may be best for digging

Ants show ‘lazy’ approach may be best for digging

Image copyright Getty/vnarong A new study on ants and robots has shown that having more workers is not necessarily better when working in confined spaces. If there are too many bodies then the workspace can get clogged. A less busy approach in which some workers are purposely idle can avoid jams. The findings might help […]

Plastic pollution: ‘Stop flushing contact lenses down the loo’

Plastic pollution: ‘Stop flushing contact lenses down the loo’

Image copyright Getty Images Researchers in the US have been investigating the final journeys taken by disposable contact lenses. They found 15-20% of US users simply flick these fiddly lenses down the drain via the bathroom sink or toilet. The Arizona State University study suggests that much of the plastic material then ends up in […]

Public ‘back’ taxes to tackle single-use plastic waste

Public ‘back’ taxes to tackle single-use plastic waste

Image copyright PA There is high public support for using the tax system to reduce waste from single-use plastics, the Treasury says. A consultation on how taxes could tackle the rising problem and promote recycling attracted 162,000 responses. Treasury Minister Robert Jenrick said the government was looking at “smart, intelligent incentives” to get plastic producers […]

Plastic pollution: ‘Stop flushing contact lenses down the loo’

Plastic pollution: ‘Stop flushing contact lenses down the loo’

Image copyright Getty Images Researchers in the US have been investigating the final journeys taken by disposable contact lenses. They found 15-20% of US users simply flick these fiddly lenses down the drain via the bathroom sink or toilet. The Arizona State University study suggests that much of the plastic material then ends up in […]

When flying to Mars is your day job

When flying to Mars is your day job

Image copyright Farah Alibay Image caption “As a kid… I never really thought there was a job where you worked on spacecraft.” Sending missions to Mars for a living sounds like a dream job. But not every day can be launch day – so what do Nasa’s spacecraft engineers get up to the rest of […]

Earliest galaxies found ‘on our cosmic doorstep’

Earliest galaxies found ‘on our cosmic doorstep’

Image copyright AURIGA PROJECT Image caption A computer simulation of galaxy formation: White circles show some of the most ancient building blocks Some of the earliest galaxies to form in the Universe are sitting on our cosmic doorstep, according to a study. These faint objects close to the Milky Way could be more than 13 […]

Wheat gene map to help ‘feed the world’

Wheat gene map to help ‘feed the world’

Image copyright IGOR STEVANOVIC / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY The starting pistol has been fired in a race to develop “climate change resistant” wheat with the publication of a map of the crop’s genes. An international team of scientists has identified the location of more than 100,000 wheat genes. The researchers say the map will accelerate […]

New pesticides ‘may have risks for bees’

New pesticides ‘may have risks for bees’

Image copyright Getty Images Attempts to find a new generation of pesticides to replace neonicotinoids have been dealt a potential blow. Neonicotinoids are the most commonly used insecticide in the world, but had been linked to bee declines. Studies suggest a new type of pesticide seen as an alternative to the chemicals, which have been […]

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