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Could an emoji save your life?

Could an emoji save your life?

Image copyright Getty Images Emoji might not be your first line of communication in a disaster… But researchers feel they could make a difference during emergencies like earthquakes, where every second counts. Now, an international group of scientists are lobbying for an earthquake emoji to be added to the Unicode set – the standard group […]

Nobel laureate joins another exclusive club

Nobel laureate joins another exclusive club

Image copyright MRC Image caption Dr Henderson is affiliated to the famous Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge A UK molecular biologist who shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2017 is to join another elite grouping. Dr Richard Henderson has been made a Companion of Honour in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. The order is […]

Key ‘step forward’ in cutting cost of removing CO2 from air

Key ‘step forward’ in cutting cost of removing CO2 from air

Image copyright Carbon Engineering Image caption The pilot plant has been built in British Columbia and is extracting about a tonne of CO2 every day A Canadian company, backed by Bill Gates, says it has reached an important threshold in developing technology that can remove CO2 from the air. Carbon Engineering has published a peer-reviewed […]

Curiosity rover sees seasonal Mars methane swing

Curiosity rover sees seasonal Mars methane swing

Image copyright NASA/JPL-CALTECH/MSSS Image caption The Curiosity rover carries an onboard lab to measure the chemistry of the atmosphere It may only be a very small part of Mars’ atmosphere but methane waxes and wanes with the seasons, scientists say. The discovery made by the Curiosity rover is important because it helps narrow the likely […]

Pollution hits fungi that nourish trees – study

Pollution hits fungi that nourish trees – study

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists are warning that pollution could be starving Europe’s trees of vital nutrients by damaging essential fungi. The fungi live on the roots of trees, supplying them with minerals and water. Current pollution limits may not be strict enough to protect the forest fungi, say researchers. Signs of tree malnutrition, such […]

Meet the nuns helping save a sacred species from extinction

Conservationists from Chester Zoo have formed an unlikely partnership with an order of nuns – in a project that could save a critically endangered amphibian from extinction. The axolotl – a salamander that is unique to Mexico – has almost been wiped out of its freshwater habitat by pollution and over-fishing. Now, scientists say that […]

A manifesto to save Planet Earth (and ourselves)

A manifesto to save Planet Earth (and ourselves)

Image copyright Getty Images The impacts of human actions on our home planet are now so large that many scientists are declaring a new phase of Earth’s history. The old forces of nature that transformed Earth many millions of years ago, including meteorites and mega-volcanoes are joined by another: us. We have entered a new […]

Has US physics lab found a new particle?

Has US physics lab found a new particle?

Image copyright Fermilab Image caption The result is based on 15 years of MiniBooNE data The field of particle physics has been going through a bit of soul-searching of late. There was jubilation when the Higgs boson particle was detected at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in 2012. But since then, the major new discoveries […]

European Commission seeks to boost space spending

European Commission seeks to boost space spending

Image copyright COPERNICUS DATA/SENTINEL HUB/P.MARKUSE Image caption Sentinel imagery: Copernicus gathers space data to inform and enforce EU policies The European Commission has set out how it wants to spend the next EU space budget. Officials have proposed spending some €16bn (£14bn) over the years 2021-2027. The biggest segment, €9.7bn, would go on the further […]

50 nations ‘curbing plastic pollution’

50 nations ‘curbing plastic pollution’

Image copyright Getty Images Fifty nations are now taking action to reduce plastic pollution, according to the biggest report so far from the UN. It reveals that the Galapagos will ban single-use plastics, Sri Lanka will ban styrofoam and China is insisting on biodegradable bags. But the authors warn that far more needs to be […]