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Unknown species may thrive in Antarctic caves

Unknown species may thrive in Antarctic caves

Image copyright Michael S Becker Image caption Some of the DNA resembled known species, other sequences didn’t Animals and plants may be living in warm caves under Antarctica’s ice, according to a study. Australian researchers said that Mount Erebus, an active volcano on Antarctica’s Ross Island, is surrounded by caves hollowed out in the ice […]

‘No fire risk’ with new lithium batteries

‘No fire risk’ with new lithium batteries

Image copyright Jhi Scott, ARL Image caption The batteries produced sufficient energy for use in household electronics Lithium-ion batteries that are resistant to exploding or catching fire have been developed by scientists. The devices produced sufficient energy for use in household electronics, but did not ignite – even when punctured repeatedly with a nail. The […]

Does the UK need a human ‘body farm’?

Does the UK need a human ‘body farm’?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Investigations of murder cases would benefit from the data gathered at a body farm You are dead. Now what? It’s the start of a fascinating and eventful – if gory and smelly – journey, at least for your body as it decomposes. Understanding decomposition can hold the key to […]

Research grants ‘boost jobs and growth’

Research grants ‘boost jobs and growth’

Image copyright Clyde Space Image caption R&D grants to Glasgow-based Clyde Space have helped the firm become a successful small satellite manufacturing company A national study shows that R&D grants to firms significantly boost growth and create jobs. Grants totalling £8bn led to growth worth £43bn and created around 150,000 jobs. The findings back the […]

Two-pilot glider team sets altitude record

Two-pilot glider team sets altitude record

Image copyright Airbus Image caption The record-setting flight was the 38th the Perlan 2 aircraft had made An engineless glider has been flown at a record altitude of 52,172ft (15.9km). The aircraft’s two pilots achieved the feat in the skies above Argentina’s Patagonia region. The height represented a 3% gain over a record set in […]

Ministers want ‘ambitious’ post-Brexit research deal

Ministers want ‘ambitious’ post-Brexit research deal

Image copyright LEWIS HOUGHTON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Ministers will aim to negotiate a special status for the UK’s membership of the European Union’s science funding bodies after exiting the EU. They say they want a “more ambitious agreement” on research collaboration than other non-EU countries Details of the government’s negotiating stance on science have been published […]

Bid to rescue Ben Nevis weather data

Bid to rescue Ben Nevis weather data

Image copyright Royal Meteorological Society Collection Image caption The observatory was funded largely by the Scottish Meteorological Society Scientists are seeking the public’s assistance in rescuing a unique set of weather records gathered at the summit of the UK’s highest mountain. From 1883 to 1904, meteorologists were stationed atop Ben Nevis, logging temperature, precipitation, wind […]

Households ‘need help to get warmer home’

Households ‘need help to get warmer home’

Image copyright PA England’s householders get a raw deal over insulating their homes to save on energy bills, researchers say. Families in other nations receive much more help to reduce bills, the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) says. The researchers say recent UK government cuts to energy efficiency programmes are “ludicrous” – and the opposite […]

Swansea Uni study: African wild dogs ‘sneeze to vote’

Swansea Uni study: African wild dogs ‘sneeze to vote’

Media captionHow African wild dogs ‘sneeze to vote’ African wild dogs vote over pack decisions by sneezing, a new study has found. The joint research by academics from Swansea, Australia and the United States monitored endangered dogs at the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust. They found the dogs used sneezes to decide when to move off […]

Northern lights linked to North Sea whale strandings

Northern lights linked to North Sea whale strandings

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption This sperm whale was one of a number stranded on this beach in the Netherlands Large solar storms, responsible for the northern lights, may have played a role in the strandings of 29 sperm whales in the North Sea early in 2016. A new study says these geomagnetic disruptions […]