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Water ice 'detected on Moon's surface'

Image copyright NASA Image caption The distribution of surface water ice at the Moon’s south pole (left) and north pole (right) Scientists say they have definitive evidence for water-ice on the surface of the Moon. The ice deposits are found at both the north and south poles, and are likely to be ancient in origin. […]

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My green idea: Recycling India's floral waste

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sacred flowers are taken for worship on the hand at the river Ganges India is a place of flowers. Lots of them. Piles of marigolds, roses, carnations and other flowers are left at temples, mosques and sikh gurudwaras for use in religious ceremonies. Afterwards, the flowers can prove difficult […]

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Public 'back' taxes to tackle single-use plastic waste

Image copyright PA There is high public support for using the tax system to reduce waste from single-use plastics, the Treasury says. A consultation on how taxes could tackle the rising problem and promote recycling attracted 162,000 responses. Treasury Minister Robert Jenrick said the government was looking at “smart, intelligent incentives” to get plastic producers […]

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When flying to Mars is your day job

Image copyright Farah Alibay Image caption “As a kid… I never really thought there was a job where you worked on spacecraft.” Sending missions to Mars for a living sounds like a dream job. But not every day can be launch day – so what do Nasa’s spacecraft engineers get up to the rest of […]

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Earliest galaxies found 'on our cosmic doorstep'

Image copyright AURIGA PROJECT Image caption A computer-simulated galaxy. Blue circles denote the brighter satellite galaxies orbiting the bigger one; the white circles show the faint galaxies, which are some of the most ancient in the Universe. Some of the oldest galaxies to form in the Universe are sitting on our cosmic doorstep, according to […]

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Wheat gene map to help 'feed the world'

Image copyright IGOR STEVANOVIC / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY The starting pistol has been fired in a race to develop “climate change resistant” wheat with the publication of a map of the crop’s genes. An international team of scientists has identified the location of more than 100,000 wheat genes. The researchers say the map will accelerate […]

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New pesticides 'may have risks for bees'

Image copyright Getty Images Attempts to find a new generation of pesticides to replace neonicotinoids have been dealt a potential blow. Neonicotinoids are the most commonly used insecticide in the world, but had been linked to bee declines. Studies suggest a new type of pesticide seen as an alternative to the chemicals, which have been […]