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Climate change: Water shortages in England ‘within 25 years’

Image copyright PA Image caption Low water levels at Wayoh Reservoir near Bolton in the UK heatwave in July 2018 Within 25 years England will not have enough water to meet demand, the head of the Environment Agency is warning. The impact of climate change, combined with population growth, means the country is facing an […]

Global warming: Students’ climate strike spreads worldwide

Media captionClimate change: Fears about effects of pollution and climate change Thousands of school pupils worldwide have abandoned classrooms for a day of protest against climate change. India, South Korea, Australia and France are among the countries where teenagers are already on strike. The day of action is expected to embrace about 100 countries. They […]

UK’s air-breathing rocket engine set for key tests

Image copyright Reaction Engines LTD Image caption Artwork: Sabre could enable intercontinental travel at five times the speed of sound The UK project to develop a hypersonic engine that could take a plane from London to Sydney in about four hours is set for a key demonstration. The Sabre engine is part jet, part rocket, […]

Ancient migration transformed Spain’s DNA

Image copyright L Benitez de Lugo Enrich – Jose Luis Fuentes Sanch Image caption Bronze Age burials: Iberia saw a dramatic genetic shift during this period A migration from Central Europe transformed the genetic make-up of people in Spain during the Bronze Age, a study reveals. DNA evidence shows the migrants streamed over the Pyrenees, […]

Study reveals the wolf within your pet dog

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Scientists say the negative image of wolves is not always justified Wolves lead and dogs follow – but both are equally capable of working with humans, according to research that adds a new twist in the tale of how one was domesticated from the other. Dogs owe their cooperative […]

Spring Statement: Cambridge data team gets £45m boost

Image copyright EMBI-EBI Image caption The institute specialises in storing data used in the front line of scientific research New jobs will be created at a Cambridge data processing firm given £45m by the government to expand its operations. Chancellor Philip Hammond announced the investment for the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) in the latest Spring […]

Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for climate activism

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The teenager regularly stages a School Strike for Climate in front of the Swedish parliament Greta Thunberg, the Swedish schoolgirl who has inspired an international movement to fight climate change, has been nominated as a candidate to receive this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. She was nominated by three Norwegian MPs. […]

Stonehenge was ‘hub for Britain’s earliest mass parties’

Image copyright English Heritage/PA Image caption Pigs were the main food at the feasts and were brought from as far away as Scotland and the North East of England to Stonehenge Evidence of large-scale prehistoric feasting rituals found at Stonehenge could be the earliest mass celebrations in Britain, say archaeologists. The study examined 131 pigs’ […]

Emma Haruka Iwao smashes pi world record with Google help

Image copyright Google Image caption Emma Haruka Iwao The value of the number pi has been calculated to a new world record length of 31 trillion digits, far past the previous record of 22 trillion. Emma Haruka Iwao, a Google employee from Japan, found the new digits with the help of the company’s cloud computing […]

Gas heating ban for new homes from 2025

Image copyright Alamy Gas heating for new houses will be banned by 2025, the Chancellor has said, although gas hobs will still be allowed. The homes will keep warm with devices such as heat pumps and with “world-leading” insulation standards. It’s part of a bid by Philip Hammond to address the concerns of children protesting […]