Science / Environment

Shrinking ship bubbles ‘could counteract climate change’

Shrinking ship

By Rebecca Morelle Science Correspondent, BBC News Getting ships to generate smaller bubbles as they sail across the oceans could counteract the impact of climate change, a study suggests. Scientists from University of Leeds, UK, say this would create a brighter wake behind a vessel and reflect more sunlight back into space. However, it could also increase rainfall in some areas. ...

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Stem cell scandal scientist Haruko Obokata resigns

Dr Haruko Obokata
Dr Haruko Obokata presented the breakthrough findings in January

By James Gallagher Health editor, BBC News website A Japanese stem cell scientist at the heart of a scandal over false claims and fabricated research has resigned. Dr Haruko Obokata published supposedly groundbreaking research showing stem cells could be made quickly and cheaply. There were irregularities in data, no other group in the world could repeat her findings and her own ...

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Scientists attack Home Secretary’s student exit plan

The home secretary has backed a proposal to send foreign students straight home

By Jonathan Webb Science reporter, BBC News Home Secretary Theresa May’s plan to expel foreign graduates from the UK has drawn strong criticism from scientists. They say the plan would hamper recruitment of top researchers and harm the international reputation of UK universities. Mrs May has backed a proposal to make those on student visas return home immediately after graduating. The ...

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Nasa emails spanner to space station

Astronaut Barry Wilmore asked for a ratcheting socket wrench

BBC News : Astronauts on the International Space Station have used their 3-D printer to make a wrench from instructions sent up in an email. It is the first time hardware has been “emailed” to space. Nasa was responding to a request by ISS commander Barry Wilmore for a ratcheting socket wrench. Previously, if astronauts requested a specific item they ...

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Tiger and wild cat trade from Myanmar to China growing

Tiger numbers are down to 5% of what they were a century ago

By Navin Singh Khadka Environment reporter, BBC World Service The trade in tigers and other wild cat parts from Myanmar into China has grown in recent years, a new study based on two decades of survey data suggests. It reports a surge mainly in Mong La, a Burmese town bordering China, where shops selling such products have more than trebled in ...

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