Category Archives: SCIENCE

Plastic pollution ‘threatens lakes’

Pollution with plastic waste is not confined to the oceans but poses a growing threat to lakes as well. That is the view of researchers who found significant concentrations of…

Sponges solve coral reef mystery

The mystery of how coral reefs thrive in “ocean deserts” has been solved, scientists say. Reefs are among Earth’s most vibrant ecosystems, yet they flourish in waters lacking nutrients –…

‘Digital baby’ screen for sperm donors

A service that digitally weaves together the DNA of prospective parents to check for potential disease in thousands of “virtual babies” is set to launch in the US by December….

Pollution ‘hampers bees’ foraging’

Tests showed that exhaust degraded some floral scent chemicals the bees “home in on” when they are foraging. The study, published in Scientific Reports, also revealed that a specific group…

Top five physics discoveries chosen

Five physics discoveries with the potential to transform the world have been selected by a leading science magazine for its 25th birthday issue. Quantum computing and science that could enable…

Supervolcanoes ripped up early Mars

Mars may have had giant explosive volcanoes in its ancient past that spewed billions upon billions of tonnes of rock and ash into the sky. Vast areas of collapsed ground…

Earlier origin for flowering plants

Flowering plants may have originated more than 100 million years earlier than previously thought, according to scientists in Switzerland and Germany. The previously oldest known flowering plant-like pollen dates from…

Award for UK food security pioneer

British geographer Prof John Anthony Allan has received an award from the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation for his work on water security. He introduced the idea of “virtual”…

Mystery eruption traced to Indonesia

Scientists think they have found the volcano responsible for a huge eruption that occurred in the 13th Century. The mystery event in 1257 was so large its chemical signature is…

Updated Falcon rocket blasts off

The US SpaceX company has successfully launched a new version of its Falcon 9 rocket from California. The vehicle, carrying the Canadian Cassiope research satellite, lifted clear of the Vandenberg…

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