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‘Dogs mirror owners’ personalities’

‘Dogs mirror owners’ personalities’

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Dogs can recognise human emotions The idea that a dog takes on the personality of its owner has received scientific support. Researchers in Austria say dogs can mirror the anxiety and negativity of owners. And dogs that are relaxed and friendly can pass this on to humans, perhaps helping their […]

New support for British spaceports

New support for British spaceports

Image copyright Orbital Access Image caption Artwork: A number of companies are looking to develop low-cost air-launch systems The government is looking to push forward commercial spaceflight activity in the UK with a series of grants totalling £10m. The money is aimed at consortia that want to start launching satellites – and even people – […]

Quinoa genome could see ‘super-food’ prices tumble

Quinoa genome could see ‘super-food’ prices tumble

Image copyright Huw Evans picture agency Image caption Demand for the gluten free grain has soared in recent years, particularly in the US and Europe Scientists have successfully decoded the genome of quinoa, one of the world’s most nutritious but underutilised crops. The South American grain is a hugely popular “super-food” because it is well […]

Endangered antelope ‘may be wiped out’

Endangered antelope ‘may be wiped out’

Image copyright WCS Image caption Scientists say that a quarter of the population may already have been lost The death of more than 2,000 critically endangered Saiga antelope in Mongolia was caused by a disease that could now threaten the entire population. Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) scientists, who work in the affected grassland area of […]

Gecko eludes foes with tearaway skin

Gecko eludes foes with tearaway skin

Image copyright F. Glaw Image caption Geckolepis megalepis can shed its scales with ease when attacked A newly discovered species of gecko has tearaway skin that leaves predators with nothing but a mouthful of scales when attacked. Many lizards can detach their tails when attacked, but fish-scale geckos have large scales that tear away with […]

Fall armyworm ‘threatens African farmers’ livelihoods’

Fall armyworm ‘threatens African farmers’ livelihoods’

Image copyright CABI Image caption The armyworm burrows into cobs Scientists are calling for urgent action to halt the spread of a pest that is destroying maize crops and spreading rapidly across Africa. The fall armyworm poses a major threat to food security and agricultural trade, warns the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (Cabi). […]

Fall armyworm ‘threatens African farmers’ livelihoods’

Fall armyworm ‘threatens African farmers’ livelihoods’

Image copyright CABI Image caption The armyworm burrows into cobs Scientists are calling for urgent action to halt the spread of a pest that is destroying maize crops and spreading rapidly across Africa. The fall armyworm poses a major threat to food security and agricultural trade, warns the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (Cabi). […]

Boosting water table can curb climate risks, says study

Boosting water table can curb climate risks, says study

Image caption The team carried out the laboratory experiments using lowland peatland agricultural soil and crops of radishes Increasing the water table under the UK’s arable peatland can help boost yields and the amount of carbon stored in the soil, a study has suggested. University of Sheffield researchers are encouraging farmers to increase the water […]

Car ban fails to curb air pollution in Mexico city

Car ban fails to curb air pollution in Mexico city

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Residents have turned to taxis, car pooling and buying extra cars to get round driving restrictions Banning cars on Saturdays in Mexico city hasn’t reduced air pollutants according to a new study. Scientists had expected that limiting driving at the weekend would reduce vehicle emissions by 15%. But this […]

UK completes Antarctic Halley base relocation

UK completes Antarctic Halley base relocation

Image copyright BAS/M.Krzysztofowicz Image caption All eight modules were towed across the ice shelf to the new location further from the sea The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has completed the move of its Halley research station. The base is sited on the floating – and moving – Brunt Ice Shelf, and had to be relocated […]