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UK schoolboy corrects Nasa data error

Media captionMiles Soloman tells Radio 4’s World At One how he discovered something the Nasa experts missed A British teenager has contacted scientists at Nasa to point out an error in a set of their own data. A-level student Miles Soloman found that radiation sensors on the International Space Station (ISS) were recording false data. […]

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Princess Anne: GM crops 'have real benefits'

Princess Anne has told the BBC’s Farming Today she believes gene technology has important benefits to offer in terms of providing food. The Queen’s daughter is a working farmer, and patron of nearly 50 countryside organisations. The full interview with Princess Anne will be on BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today on Thursday 23 March Source […]

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'Dispersal machines'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cane toads were introduced to Queensland from Puerto Rico They are toxic invaders that have conquered swathes of northern Australia as they continue their seemingly irrepressible march west towards the Indian Ocean. Packed with poison and supremely adaptable, the dreaded cane toad, or Bufo marinus, has few friends in […]

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Fossil named after Sir David Attenborough

Image copyright Siveter et al Image caption Cascolus ravitis has been reconstructed as a virtual fossil, revealing every detail of the animal A 430-million-year-old fossil discovered “frozen in time” in ancient volcanic rock has been named after Sir David Attenborough. The tiny crustacean, measuring less than 1cm long, was found by researchers in Herefordshire. It […]

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Sea otters ahead of dolphins in using tools

Image copyright Jessica Fujii Image caption Sea otters use rocks to crack open shellfish Sea otters may have been using stone tools for thousands or even millions of years, according to scientists. It appears otters learned how to use tools long before other marine mammals. Sea otters are often seen floating on their backs, using […]

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Rosetta saw cliffs collapse on comet

Image copyright ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM Image caption A wide range of changes were observed on Comet 67P The comet visited by the Rosetta spacecraft is constantly being re-shaped, sometimes in dramatic fashion. It witnessed the collapse of entire cliffs at two locations on Comet 67P, events that were probably driven by exposure to sunlight. The European probe […]