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'Soul destroying'

Image caption Toy figures are among some of the most eye-catching finds Scouring the beach for hidden treasure is by no means a new hobby – rather, beachcombing has been around for centuries and was once the preserve of low-society drifters. But a new breed of eco-friendly hobbyists are trying to stem the rising tide […]

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A look inside Mars

Image copyright James Tuttle Keane (Caltech) The InSight mission, launched today from California’s Vandenburg Air Force Base, is now on a six month cruise to Mars. It is expected to arrive in November, but what will it find? Mars may appear to be getting crowded, thanks to its growing robotic population, so why send another […]

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Planetary insights

Image copyright James Tuttle Keane (Caltech) The InSight mission, launched today from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, is now on a six-month cruise to Mars. It is expected to arrive in November, but what will it find? Mars may appear to be getting crowded, thanks to its growing robotic population, so why send another lander? […]

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Nasa's InSight mission will target 'Marsquakes'

Image copyright NASA The American space agency launches its latest mission to Mars this weekend. InSight will be the first probe to focus its investigations predominantly on the interior of the Red Planet. The static lander will put seismometers on the surface – including sensors from the UK – to feel for “Marsquakes”. These tremors […]

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Extreme weather 'potentially catastrophic' for bats

Image copyright Francisco Amorim Image caption Bats at a roost in Portugal Extreme weather appears to be disrupting the life cycle of Europe’s bats. Scientists were alarmed to find that some bats in Portugal skipped winter hibernation altogether this year while others gave birth early. The findings add to growing fears that rising temperatures are […]

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Making the desert sand bloom

Norwegian scientists have developed a treatment that can turn desert sand into farmland. During a trial in United Arab Emirates the “nanoclay” halved the amount of water needed to grow crops. Part of our series Taking the Temperature, which focuses on the battle against climate change and the people and ideas making a difference. Video […]

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Ancestral remains 'people not objects'

Image copyright Science Photo Library Anthropology needs to take a more humanising approach to its examination of ancestral remains. This is the recommendation of a North American collective of scientists. Currently, some palaeogenomic (ancient DNA) research is conducted using human remains that are held in museum collections. In certain cases, these are the disinterred ancestors […]