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Why does India’s air look different from space?

Image copyright COPERNICUS DATA 2018/BIRA-IASBImage caption Formaldehyde as measured by S5P: All observations from November 2017 to mid-June this year There is something very distinct about the air over India and the surrounding countries in South Asia. It is the presence of formaldehyde – a colourless gas that is naturally released by vegetation but also […]

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How to shop in Birmingham’s plastic-free supermarket

The Clean Kilo, in Birmingham, is among a small number of stores in the UK that is single-use plastic free. Customers need to go prepared with reusable bags, bottles and containers. It comes as shoppers become more aware of the damage plastic pollution is causing the planet. Video journalist: Louise Brierley https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-44569808

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Mystery extinct ape found in ancient Chinese tomb

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Many gibbons are threatened with extinction An ape that is new to science has been discovered buried in an ancient tomb in China. The gibbon has already become extinct, suggesting humans wiped out primate populations long before the modern age. Living primates are in peril, with many on the brink […]

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Deeply dippy

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionChildren meet Dippy at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery The Natural History Museum’s most famous resident is on tour – and the crowds gathering to see Dippy suggest a dinosaur love affair that’s far from extinct. But what explains this gut-level fascination for doomed reptiles from which […]

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Gene-edited farm animals are on their way

Scientists have created pigs that are immune to one of the world’s costliest livestock diseases. The team edited the animals’ DNA to make them resist the deadly respiratory disease known as PRRS – a move that could prevent billions of pounds in losses each year. However, consumers have traditionally been reluctant to eat genetically altered […]

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Astronauts eject UK-led space junk demo mission

Image copyright SSCImage caption Artwork: The RemoveDebris mission will trial the net method of capture A UK-led project to showcase methods to tackle space junk has just been pushed out of the International Space Station. The RemoveDebris satellite was ejected a short while ago with the help of a robotic arm. The 100kg craft, built […]