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How fireflies inspired energy-efficient lights

Electricity accounts for around 5% of greenhouse gas emissions. So how can we make it more efficient? Belgian physicist Jean-Pol Vigneron and his team found the answer could lie within a firefly’s abdomen. Listen to ‘30 Animals That Made Us Smarter‘ for more. Digital producers: Jennifer Green and Anna Doble; Animator: Jules Bartl https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-48152165

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What does a biodiversity emergency mean for humans?

Hundreds of thousands of different species of animals and plants are facing extinction because of human activity, according to the United Nations. The full report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will be released later today and is expected to say this biodiversity crisis is on a par with – […]

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Gravitational waves hunt now in overdrive

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMansi Kasliwal & Samaya Nissanke: “From discovery to making precision measurements” Scientists working to detect gravitational waves switched on their instruments for a third time at the beginning of April and immediately began to register events that could be interpreted as cosmic collisions. All five trigger events […]

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Denisovans: Primitive humans lived at high altitudes

Image copyright Jean-Jacques Hublin, MPI-EVA, LeipzigImage caption The Xiahe mandible was found in 1980 in Baishiya Karst Cave Scientists have found evidence that an ancient species of human called Denisovans lived at high altitudes in Tibet. The ability to survive in such extreme environments had previously been associated only with our species – Homo sapiens. […]

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Heathrow campaigners lose challenge against third runway

Image copyright PA Campaigners have lost a High Court challenge against the government’s decision to approve plans for a third runway at London’s Heathrow airport. Five councils, residents, environmental charities and London Mayor Sadiq Khan brought the action after MPs backed the plans in June. The campaigners said the runway would effectively create a “new […]