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Plastic from tyres ‘major source’ of ocean pollution

Plastic from tyres ‘major source’ of ocean pollution

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Tyres can give off plastic particles, that can end up in the ocean Particles of debris from car tyres are ending up in the ocean as “plastic soup”, conservationists warn. Microplastics from tyres and textiles are a bigger source of marine pollution than the breakdown of larger plastic waste in […]

Thousands of spills at US oil and gas fracking sites

Thousands of spills at US oil and gas fracking sites

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The study found that thousands of spills were reported at oil and gas fracking sites in four states Up to 16% of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells spill liquids every year, according to new research from US scientists. They found that there had been 6,600 releases from these […]

Meet the frog that can sit on a thumbnail

Meet the frog that can sit on a thumbnail

Image copyright SD Biju Image caption The frogs sound more like insects than amphibians Four new frogs so tiny that they can sit on a thumbnail have been discovered in the forests of India. Among the smallest frogs in the world, they live on the forest floor and make insect-like calls at night. Three larger […]

Lemur facial recognition tool developed

Lemur facial recognition tool developed

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Being able to accurately track individual lemurs could help preserve the endangered mammals A team of researchers has developed a facial recognition system that can identify individual lemurs in the wild with high levels of accuracy. The plan is to use the technology to help radically improve the way the […]

Slippery bottle solves ketchup problem

Media captionThe BBC’s Pallab Ghosh reports: The invention means the ketchup “just glides out” Scientists in Boston have found a way to get every last drop of ketchup out of the bottle. They have developed a coating that makes bottle interiors super slippery. The coating can also be used to make it easier to squeeze […]

AAAS chief puts weight behind protest march

AAAS chief puts weight behind protest march

Image copyright AAAS Image caption Holt, a research physicist, represented Central New Jersey in Congress The head of the world’s largest scientific membership organisation has given his backing for a planned protest by researchers in Washington DC. Rush Holt, of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), said that people were “standing up […]

SpaceX successfully launches rocket after Saturday setback

Media captionThe SpaceX rocket was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida Private rocket firm SpaceX has successfully launched a rocket carrying a cargo ship for the International Space Station following the postponement of take-off on Saturday because of technical problems. Witnesses said the rocket was only briefly visible before making its way into […]

Gravity probe exceeds performance goals

Media captionStefano Vitale: “LISA Pathfinder has been an amazing success” The long-planned LISA space mission to detect gravitational waves looks as though it will be green lit shortly. Scientists working on a demonstration of its key measurement technologies say they have just beaten the sensitivity performance that will be required.   The European Space Agency (Esa), […]

Naica’s crystal caves hold long-dormant life

Naica’s crystal caves hold long-dormant life

Image copyright Penelope J. Boston Image caption The caves were discovered by miners 100 years ago It is a remarkable discovery in an amazing place. Scientists have extracted long-dormant microbes from inside the famous giant crystals of the Naica mountain caves in Mexico – and revived them. The organisms were likely to have been encased […]

Eclipse to be turned into mega-movies

Media captionTyler Nordgren: “The public can help construct a 90-minute-long video of the eclipse” August’s total solar eclipse in the US will almost certainly be the most watched such event in history. More than 12 million people – from Oregon to South Carolina – live on the path of darkness that the Moon will cut […]