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Smarty pants: Robot trousers could keep the elderly mobile

Smarty pants: Robot trousers could keep the elderly mobile

Image copyright Uni Bristol Image caption New mobility tech: (L) A stiffening “cuff” to support the knee; (R) artificial muscles (background) can raise a robotic leg Johnathan Rossiter proudly displays his new trousers. Brightly coloured and fit for the running track, but packing more than just Lycra. They’ll be robotic. “We are all going to […]

The secret life of fungi: Ten fascinating facts

The secret life of fungi: Ten fascinating facts

Image copyright Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Image caption Fungi come in all shapes and sizes They’re all around us, in the soil, our bodies and the air, but are often too small to be seen with the naked eye. They provide medicines and food but also wreak havoc by causing plant and animal diseases. According […]

‘Nature-based’ greenhouse gas removal to limit UK climate change

‘Nature-based’ greenhouse gas removal to limit UK climate change

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Newly planted forests like this one in Yorkshire are key to removing emissions of CO2 Planting millions of acres of trees and energy crops as well as restoring wetlands and coastal habitats could help the UK become carbon neutral by 2050. A new report says that these and other, […]

How to eat well – and save the planet

How to eat well – and save the planet

Image copyright Getty Images Switching to a healthier diet can reduce an individual’s water footprint by as much as 55%. According to new research, turning vegetarian has the biggest impact, but even cutting down on meat gives a saving of at least 10%. Shifting to a healthy diet is a “win-win situation”, say researchers. Citizens […]

‘Climate change moving faster than we are,’ says UN Secretary General

‘Climate change moving faster than we are,’ says UN Secretary General

Image copyright Maria Alejandra Cardona Image caption California saw intense wildfires throughout this summer UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said that if the world doesn’t change course by 2020, we run the risk of runaway climate change. Mr Guterres said he was alarmed by the paralysis of world leaders on what he called the […]

New El Niño weather event likely this winter says WMO

New El Niño weather event likely this winter says WMO

Image copyright NOAA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Image caption An image showing the 2015 El Niño with rising temperatures in the Pacific There’s a 70% chance of a recurrence of the El Niño weather event before the end of this year, according to the World Meteorological Organisation. The last El Niño occurred in 2015-16 and impacted weather […]

‘Internet of animals’ spreads its wings

‘Internet of animals’ spreads its wings

Image copyright Kinéis Image caption Connecting up all objects will improve the efficiency of supply chains The French satellite system ARGOS that for 30 years has been used to track animals across the globe is getting a major overhaul and expansion. A new company, Kinéis, will take over its operation and launch 20 small satellites […]

Facebook animal trade exposed in Thailand

Facebook animal trade exposed in Thailand

Image copyright Traffic Image caption Among the species for sale were Asiatic black bears and common palm civets More than 1,500 listings of live animals for sale have been found on Facebook in Thailand by a wildlife trafficking watchdog. Traffic, which monitors such activity, said many of the species, despite having international protection, were not […]

Could Nasa’s James Webb Space Telescope detect alien life?

Could Nasa’s James Webb Space Telescope detect alien life?

Image copyright NASA Image caption Webb contains novel technologies that have never previously been flown in space If it does launch as currently scheduled in 2021, it will be 14 years late. When finally in position, though – orbiting the Sun 1.5 million km from Earth – Nasa’s James Webb Space Telescope promises an astronomical […]

Large-scale wind and solar power ‘could green the Sahara’

Large-scale wind and solar power ‘could green the Sahara’

Image copyright ABDELHAK SENNA Image caption Wind turbines in Morocco on the edge of the desert Installing huge numbers of solar panels and wind turbines in the Sahara desert would have a major impact on rainfall, vegetation and temperatures, researchers say. They found that the actions of wind turbines would double the amount of rain […]