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The ‘ugly duckling’ fossil from the deep

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Mosasaurs were huge carnivores that swam 66 million to 80 million years ago The mosasaurs recently took a star turn in the Jurassic World movie, showing off the Hollywood version of their fearsome jaws. Now an “ugly duckling” from 85 million years ago is shedding new light on the giant […]

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Would you eat slaughter-free meat?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThese chicken nuggets were grown in a lab from cells taken from a living animal There’s a looming crisis over the world’s growing appetite for meat. Could a chicken running around a farmyard in San Francisco hold the key to a solution? In 1931, Winston Churchill predicted […]

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Fracking starts at landmark Lancashire site

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe BBC’s David Shukman explains how fracking works Fracking for shale gas has begun for the first time in the UK since it was linked with earthquakes in 2011. Energy firm Cuadrilla confirmed the controversial process had started at its site in Little Plumpton, Lancashire after a […]

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UK steps towards zero-carbon economy

Image copyright Getty Images The UK is taking a tentative step towards a radical “green” future with zero emissions of greenhouse gases. The government is formally seeking Committee on Climate Change guidance about how and when to make this leap. If it happens it would mark an extraordinary transformation of an economy built on burning […]