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Were the Romans the first whale hunters?

[ad_1] Image copyright D. Bernal-Casasola, University of Cadiz Image caption Baelo Claudia: An ancient Roman town in southern Spain Whale bones unearthed at Roman ruins suggest the animals were hunted by humans as long as 2,000 years ago.Genetic fingerprinting evidence points to the presence of right and grey whales in the Mediterranean Sea, where they may have been targeted by Roman fishing fleets.Until now, the Basque people were thought to
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How to build a real time machine

[ad_1] Image copyright BBC / Thomas Scheidl Image caption Ron Mallett built a device that illustrates principles he believes could be used to build a time machine Travelling in time might sound like a flight of fancy, but some physicists think it might really be possible. BBC Horizon looked at some of the most promising ideas for turning this staple of science fiction into reality.Ron Mallett has a dream: He
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Major sewage pollution incidents increase

[ad_1] Image copyright Environment Agency Image caption Pollution: The worst type of incidents are on the increase Water companies are still not doing enough to protect streams and rivers, the Environment Agency reports.It says whilst general water quality is higher than it's been for 100 years, the number of the worst pollution incidents has actually grown.Most of these involved raw or partly treated sewage flowing into watercourses.The industry body, Water
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On board the flying lab testing UK wildfire smoke

[ad_1] Scientists are flying a lab-on-an-aeroplane through the smoke of wildfires in the north of England, testing the air as they go.Fires like the one on Saddleworth Moor are predicted to be more common than usual across the UK and Europe this summer, raising concerns about pollution.BBC Science Correspondent Victoria Gill joined researchers on a converted passenger plane run by the Natural Environment Research Council. [ad_2] Source link
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Sir David Attenborough polar ship ready for launch

[ad_1] Image copyright CAMMELL LAIRD/BAS Image caption The time of the launch will be 12:20 on Saturday Britain's new polar research ship is ready to go in the water. The newly minted hull of the RRS Sir David Attenborough is now standing on the slipway of the Cammell Laird yard in Birkenhead, awaiting launch day. Weather and tide permitting, she should slide into the River Mersey on Saturday. The £200m
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Fossil of ‘first giant’ dinosaur discovered in Argentina

[ad_1] Image copyright Cecilia Apaldetti Image caption The dinosaur was found in what is now Argentina, but once a huge supercontinent They are the biggest animals to have walked the Earth, with some weighing as much as a space shuttle.However, it is unclear how dinosaurs grew to such massive proportions.A new dinosaur discovery from Argentina gives fresh evidence on the rise of the giants.The animal used a novel strategy to
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Elephant poaching: ‘Sick’ EU ivory sales ‘cover up illegal trade’

[ad_1] Image copyright SPL The open, legal sale of antique ivory in many European countries is covering up a trade in illegal and recently poached ivory, campaigners say.Researchers from environmental group Avaaz bought 100 ivory items and had them radiocarbon dated at Oxford University. Three quarters were modern ivory, being sold illegally as fake antiques.Ivory from an elephant killed by poachers as recently as 2010 was among the items passed
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Krill companies stop Antarctic fishing

[ad_1] Image copyright Greenpeace Image caption Krill live in all the world's oceans, but mostly in the Antarctic. There may be up to 500 million tonnes of krill out there The overwhelming majority of krill companies are to stop fishing in vast areas of the Antarctic Peninsula.Krill are important because they are at the base of the food chain: whales, penguins, seals and squid all eat the tiny, shrimp-like crustaceans.
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Ozone hole mystery: China insulating chemical said to be source of rise

[ad_1] Image copyright NASA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Image caption The ozone hole over Antarctica in the year 2000 Cut-price Chinese home insulation is being blamed for a massive rise in emissions of a gas, highly damaging to the Earth's protective ozone layer. The Environmental Investigations Agency (EIA) found widespread use of CFC-11 in China, even though the chemical was fully banned back in 2010. Scientists have been extremely puzzled by the