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Secrets of tea plant revealed by science

Secrets of tea plant revealed by science

Image copyright Lizhi Gao Image caption All tea is made from the leaves of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis Botanists have unlocked the genetic secrets of the plant prized for producing tea. A team in China has decoded the genetic building blocks of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis, whose leaves are used for all types […]

British territories’ environment ‘at risk’

British territories’ environment ‘at risk’

Image copyright Dr Mike Pienkowski Image caption The Grand Cayman blue iguana is just one of the endangered species living on a British overseas territory Wildlife and the environment in far-flung British territories are under threat, says a report. Environment ministers from Britain’s overseas territories say the government has cut funds and been distracted by […]

Household food waste level ‘unacceptable’

Household food waste level ‘unacceptable’

Image copyright Reuters The level of household food waste in England is “unacceptable” and householders have a key role to play in reducing it, MPs have said. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee said 7.3m tonnes of food was wasted in UK households in 2015. The committee said shops should relax standards that prevent […]

Household food waste level ‘unacceptable’

Household food waste level ‘unacceptable’

Image copyright Reuters The level of household food waste in England is “unacceptable” and householders have a key role to play in reducing it, MPs have said. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee said 7.3m tonnes of food was wasted in UK households in 2015. The committee said shops should relax standards that prevent […]

Household food waste level ‘unacceptable’

Household food waste level ‘unacceptable’

Image copyright Reuters The level of household food waste in England is “unacceptable” and householders have a key role to play in reducing it, MPs have said. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee said 7.3m tonnes of food was wasted in UK households in 2015. The committee said shops should relax standards that prevent […]

DNA of extinct humans found in caves

DNA of extinct humans found in caves

Image copyright MPI For Evo Anthro / J. Krause Image caption The remains of Neanderthals had previously been found at Vindija Cave in Croatia The DNA of extinct humans can be retrieved from sediments in caves – even in the absence of skeletal remains. Researchers found the genetic material in sediment samples collected from seven […]

Government bid to delay air pollution plan fails

Government bid to delay air pollution plan fails

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Air pollution has been described as a “public health emergency” The UK Government has lost a court bid to delay publication of its air pollution strategy, and must now release it before the June election. Courts had given the government until Monday 24 April to set out draft guidelines […]

Cassini radio signal from Saturn picked up after dive

Cassini radio signal from Saturn picked up after dive

Image copyright NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI Image caption Raw images: The first gap-run pictures of the atmosphere. They will need full processing The Cassini spacecraft is sending data back to Earth after diving in between Saturn’s rings and cloudtops. The probe executed the daredevil manoeuvre on Wednesday – the first of 22 plunges planned over the next five […]

Primitive human ‘lived much more recently’

Primitive human ‘lived much more recently’

Image copyright John Hawks Image caption Homo naledi has much in common with early forms of the genus Homo A primitive type of human, once thought to be up to three million years old, actually lived much more recently, a study suggests. The remains of 15 partial skeletons belonging to the species Homo naledi were […]

Physics of throwing analysed by scientists

Physics of throwing analysed by scientists

Image copyright SPL Image caption The act of throwing is more complex than you would expect Scientists have calculated the optimal strategy for throwing something accurately – whether it’s a dart or a crumpled-up piece of paper. Researchers at Yale University say the slow-is-more-accurate rule generally applies. In a series of calculations, they looked at […]