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Why does India's air look different from space?

Image copyright COPERNICUS DATA 2018/BIRA-IASB Image caption Formaldehyde as measured by S5P: All observations from November 2017 to mid-June this year There is something very distinct about the air over India and the surrounding countries in South Asia. It is the presence of formaldehyde – a colourless gas that is naturally released by vegetation but […]

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Cyan colour hidden ingredient in sleep

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The researchers say cyan could be added or taken away to prevent or encourage sleep The colour cyan – between green and blue – is a hidden factor in encouraging or preventing sleep, according to biologists. University of Manchester researchers say higher levels of cyan keep people awake, while […]

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Deeply dippy

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionChildren meet Dippy at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery The Natural History Museum’s most famous resident is on tour – and the crowds gathering to see Dippy suggest a dinosaur love affair that’s far from extinct. But what explains this gut-level fascination for doomed reptiles from which […]

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Gene-edited farm animals are on their way

Scientists have created pigs that are immune to one of the world’s costliest livestock diseases. The team edited the animals’ DNA to make them resist the deadly respiratory disease known as PRRS – a move that could prevent billions of pounds in losses each year. However, consumers have traditionally been reluctant to eat genetically altered […]

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Astronauts eject UK-led space junk demo mission

Image copyright SSC Image caption Artwork: The RemoveDebris mission will trial the net method of capture A UK-led project to showcase methods to tackle space junk has just been pushed out of the International Space Station. The RemoveDebris satellite was ejected a short while ago by astronauts using a giant robotic arm. The 100kg craft, […]