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Lean-burn physiology gives Sherpas peak-performance

Image copyright Extreme Everest Image caption Science at the top of the world Nepalese Sherpas have a physiology that uses oxygen more efficiently than those used to the atmosphere at sea level. This is the finding of a new study that investigated high-altitude adaptation in mountain populations. The research involved taking muscle samples from mountaineers […]

Brexit barriers ‘would harm science’, say universities

Image copyright PA Image caption The UK’s universities are among the biggest beneficiaries of EU research funding Barriers to research collaboration in Europe as a result of Brexit would harm scientific progress, says a group of leading UK universities. Science and research should be a priority in the talks between the UK and the EU, […]

Tax plastic drinking straws, firm says

Image copyright Getty Images A waste disposal firm has stepped into the row over hard-to-recycle products by demanding a tax on plastic drinking straws. The firm, BusinessWaste.co.uk, says manufacturers should revert to old-style paper straws, which biodegrade. Plastic straws were described as “the ultimate in human wastefulness” by the firm. It follows news that the […]

Mount Everest’s famous Hillary Step destroyed, mountaineers confirm

Image copyright STR/AFP/Getty Images Image caption The Hillary Step (pictured as it used to look) was the last big technical challenge before Everest’s summit A famous feature of Mount Everest has collapsed, potentially making the world’s highest peak even more dangerous to climbers. Mountaineers said the Hillary Step may have fallen victim to Nepal’s devastating […]

All three chicks at Cairngorms osprey nest die

Image copyright RSPB Scotland Image caption An osprey with a fish at the nest on Monday morning All three chicks being raised by a well-known female osprey in the Cairngorms have died, RSPB Scotland has confirmed. EJ has weathered a snow storm and harassment from rival ospreys while incubating her clutch of three eggs. All […]

Brexit barriers ‘would harm science’, say universities

Image copyright PA Image caption The UK’s universities are among the biggest beneficiaries of EU research funding Barriers to research collaboration in Europe as a result of Brexit would harm scientific progress, says a group of leading UK universities. Science and research should be a priority in the talks between the UK and the EU, […]

Mount Everest’s famous Hillary Step destroyed, mountaineers confirm

Image copyright STR/AFP/Getty Images Image caption The Hillary Step (pictured as it used to look) was the last big technical challenge before Everest’s summit A famous feature of Mount Everest has collapsed, potentially making the world’s highest peak even more dangerous to climbers. Mountaineers said the Hillary Step may have fallen victim to Nepal’s devastating […]

China claims breakthrough in mining ‘flammable ice’

Image copyright Alamy Image caption Methane hydrate, or ‘flammable ice’, is a highly energy-intensive fuel source China has for the first time extracted gas from an ice-like substance under the South China Sea considered key to future global energy supply. Chinese authorities have described the success as a major breakthrough. Methane hydrates, also called “flammable […]

UN looks to protect birds from green energy threats

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Birds have long been a concern in relation to wind turbines but the expansion of green energy has increased the urgency The global boom in renewable energy is posing new threats to birds say experts. At the UN climate conference in Bonn, researchers said wind turbines and power lines […]

Trump ‘can’t escape climate change’ impacts says Fiji PM

Image caption Fiji’s Prime Minister outlined his vision for future climate talks at this meeting in Bonn Fiji’s Prime Minister has issued a coded warning to Donald Trump about the dangers of climate change. The US leader is due to decide on future US participation in the Paris climate agreement after next week’s G7 meeting […]

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