Category Archives: SCIENCE

Whooping cough proteins evolving ‘unusually’ fast

Analysis of strains from 2012 shows the parts of the pertussis bacterium that the vaccine primes the immune system to recognise are changing. It may have “serious consequences” in future…

Geo-engineering: Climate fixes ‘could harm billions’

Schemes to tackle climate change could prove disastrous for billions of people, but might be required for the good of the planet, scientists say. That is the conclusion of a…

Fossil fuel promises are being broken, report says

World governments have been breaking promises to phase out subsidies for fossil fuels, a report says. The Overseas Development Institute says G20 nations spent almost £56bn ($90bn) a year finding…

Bats sabotage rivals’ senses with sound in food race

Bats were “jammed” the moment they were about to home in on their insect prey, making them miss their target. The rival that emitted the call was then able to…

Prototype paper test can detect Ebola strains

DNA-programmed blotting paper could soon be giving doctors a simple disease test that will reveal an infection in 30 minutes for just a few pence. Researchers have proved the technique…

Science chief warns on acid oceans

The UK’s chief scientist says the oceans face a serious and growing risk from man-made carbon emissions. The oceans absorb about a third of the CO2 that’s being produced by…

Nasa launches carbon dioxide observer

Nasa has launched a mission dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide (CO2) from space. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) will help pinpoint the key locations on the Earth’s surface where the gas is…

Higgs boson scientists knighted

A scientist who predicted the Higgs boson – and another who helped find it – have been knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Prof Tom Kibble of Imperial College…

Farmers protest against subsidy cuts

Farmers’ leaders have urged ministers not to bring in plans to cut subsidies by 15% and transfer cash to wildlife protection in England and Wales. The National Farmers Union (NFU)…

Big changes for renewable subsidies

The government is to make big changes to the way it subsidises renewable energy, the BBC has learned. Ministers will announce that they will cut support for onshore wind and…

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