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TED 2019: The $50 lab burger transforming food

Image copyright Impossible FoodsImage caption Impossible Foods has just launched its plant-based meat burger in Burger King Bruce Friedrich has been a vegetarian for 30 years but he has recently been enjoying the taste of meat again. The burgers he has been tucking into have been described by Bill Gates as “the future of food” […]

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Extinction Rebellion London protest: Arrests top 120

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionClimate change protesters explain why they glued themselves to a lorry More than 120 climate change activists have been arrested for blocking roads in central London, amid protests aimed at shutting down the capital. A second day of disruption is under way after Extinction Rebellion campaigners camped […]

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Early ocean plastic litter traced to 1960s

Old-fashioned metal boxes that have been dragged around the ocean since 1931 have accidentally created a record of the history of ocean plastic. The devices – known as continuous plankton recorders (CPRs) – first ensnared a plastic bag off the coast of Ireland in 1965. This, researchers say, could be the first marine plastic litter […]

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Microplastics found in ‘pristine’ Pyrenees mountains

Image copyright Strathclyde UniversityImage caption Researchers found the secluded area in the Pyrenees mountains was covered with airborne microplastics Scientists have found that a secluded region in the Pyrenees mountains – previously considered pristine wilderness – is covered with airborne microplastics. A team from Strathclyde and Toulouse universities spent five months in the area, which […]

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Stonehenge: DNA reveals origin of builders

Image caption Construction on Stonehenge probably began about 3,000BC The ancestors of the people who built Stonehenge travelled west across the Mediterranean before reaching Britain, a study has shown. Researchers compared DNA extracted from Neolithic human remains found across Britain with that of people alive at the same time in Europe. The Neolithic inhabitants appear […]

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Extinction Rebellion: Climate protesters block roads

Image copyright ReutersImage caption Extinction Rebellion protesters are carrying out a global day of action Climate change protesters have blocked roads across central London sparking traffic disruption. Extinction Rebellion campaigners parked a boat at Oxford Circus and blocked Marble Arch, Piccadilly Circus and roads around Parliament Square. Protester Yen Chit Chong said: “This is our […]

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President’s underwater plea for the oceans

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption The President of Seychelles joined an expedition exploring the Indian Ocean The Seychelles president has gone below the surface of the Indian Ocean to call for better protection for the world’s seas. Danny Faure said that a healthy ocean was “crucial for the survival of humanity” in a broadcast made […]

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Can you spot ocean plastic from space?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLauren Biermann: “We’ve been concentrating on getting the science right; the next step is automation” Scientists are working on a technique to track plastic debris in the ocean from space. It’s extremely challenging, especially since the individual pieces of litter are smaller than the minimum-sized objects that […]