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Welcome to the Meghalayan Age – a new phase in history

Image copyright IUGS Image caption The famous timeline will be updated to reflect the new “stages”, or “ages”, as they are called The official history of Earth has a new chapter – and we are in it. Geologists have classified the last 4,200 years as being a distinct age in the story of our planet. […]

The real cabbage soup diet: What Britons ate down the ages

Image copyright Getty Images Ancient Britons were eating dairy, peas, cabbage and oats, according to gunk trapped in their teeth. Scientists analysed dental plaque found on the teeth of skeletons from the Iron Age to post-Medieval times. They found evidence of milk proteins, cereals and plants, as well as an enzyme that aids digestion. In […]

The new sharks coming to UK waters

Research from the University of Southampton suggests new kinds of shark could migrate to UK waters as the oceans warm. Dr Ken Collins, from the university’s National Oceanography Centre, says 10 species of shark currently found in warmer parts of the world could inhabit our seas by 2050 because of climate change. Here, we profile […]

Prehistoric bake-off: Scientists discover oldest evidence of bread

Image copyright Alexis Pantos Image caption Plant roots were ground to add to the bread Scientists have discovered the earliest known evidence of bread-making, from a 14,000-year-old dig site. The bake would have looked like a flatbread and tasted a bit like today’s multi-grain varieties, they say. Our ancestors may have used the bread as […]

UK to build record-breaking solar planes

Image copyright Airbus A solar plane which can stay aloft for weeks at a time is to be manufactured by Airbus in the UK. The unmanned craft flies high in the atmosphere to avoid commercial air traffic and adverse weather. Known as the Zephyr, its remote-sensing potential has already seen the UK MoD invest, but […]

Arundel road scheme ‘could harm ancient woodland’

Image caption Campaigners say a few minutes shaved off journey times don’t justify the potential damage to the park Road builders planning a bypass in Sussex, UK, have been urged to find a way that doesn’t cause damage to ancient woodland. The head of South Downs National Park, Margaret Paren, believes engineers can devise a […]

Lift-off for Scotland: Sutherland to host first UK spaceport

Image copyright Perfect Circle Image caption Artwork: This is what a Scottish spaceport could look like in the early 2020s A remote, boggy stretch of land on the north coast of Scotland is likely to become the UK’s first spaceport. The A’Mhoine Peninsula in Sutherland has been chosen as the most suitable place from which […]

Nation’s botanical treasures to go on display

Image copyright RHS Image caption A Chilean potato plant brought back by Charles Darwin in 1835 A potato plant collected by Charles Darwin during his voyage on the Beagle is among botanical treasures to go on display to the public for the first time. The specimen was re-discovered in a cabinet in the herbarium of […]

Sir David Attenborough launches ‘Boaty’ polar ship

Media captionAttenborough launches “Boaty McBoatface” polar ship Sir David Attenborough has launched the 10,000-tonne hull of the UK’s newest polar ship – named after him – into the River Mersey. The broadcaster pushed the button, sending the hull sliding out from the Cammell Laird yard in Birkenhead, into the water where building will continue. “Our […]

Sir David Attenborough launches ‘Boaty’ polar ship

Media captionAttenborough launches “Boaty McBoatface” polar ship Sir David Attenborough has launched the 10,000-tonne hull of the UK’s newest polar ship – named after him – into the River Mersey. The broadcaster pushed the button, sending the hull sliding out from the Cammell Laird yard in Birkenhead, into the water where building will continue. “Our […]