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Olive killer disease arrives on Mallorca

Olive killer disease arrives on Mallorca

Image copyright EPPO Image caption The invasive pathogen has affected thousands of hectares of olive plantations in Puglia, southern Italy A disease that poses a “very serious threat” to the EU’s olive industry has been recorded on the Spanish island of Mallorca for the first time. Island officials said a movement ban covering 15,000 hectares […]

Climate talks: ‘Save us’ from global warming, US urged

Climate talks: ‘Save us’ from global warming, US urged

Image copyright UNFCCC Image caption Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama told the conference that climate change was not a hoax The next head of the UN global climate talks has appealed for the US to “save” Pacific islands from the impacts of global warming. Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said that the islands needed the […]

Asteroid strike made ‘instant Himalayas’

Media captionThe model animation shows the action in one half of the crater Scientists say they can now describe in detail how the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs produced its huge crater. The reconstruction of the event 66 million years ago was made possible by drilling into the remnant bowl and analysing its rocks. […]

Countries unite to defy Trump climate threat

Countries unite to defy Trump climate threat

Image caption Protesters at the climate meeting in Marrakech were calling for greater action to keep global temperatures under two degrees Celsius Delegates from more than 190 countries meeting in Marrakech have issued an urgent call for action to tackle climate change. The Marrakech Action Proclamation calls for the highest political commitment to fight global […]

Genetic breakthrough: Crops use more sunlight to grow

Media captionHow scientists made plants produce more food from sunlight – a key step in feeding the growing global population. Scientists have improved “the most important biological process on the planet” – photosynthesis. The breakthrough, published in the journal Science, used genetic modification to increase the amount of sunlight energy crop plants can channel into […]

Hollande: US ‘must respect climate commitments’

Hollande: US ‘must respect climate commitments’

Image copyright UNFCCC Image caption The French president said the Paris Climate Agreement was irreversible French president Francois Hollande says that the US must respect their commitments made under the Paris Climate Agreement. Speaking at climate talks in Marrakech, Mr Hollande said that the pact was irreversible “in law and in fact”. President-elect Donald Trump […]

BP Deepwater Horizon oil in land-animal food chain

BP Deepwater Horizon oil in land-animal food chain

Image copyright Andrea Bonisoli Alquati/www.andreabonisolialquati. Image caption The scientists studied birds living in marshland that was contaminated by the 2010 spill Researchers in Louisiana have discovered traces of oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in the feathers of birds eaten by land animals. A team examined the feathers and digestive tract contents of seaside sparrows […]

Maths zeroes in on perfect cup of coffee

Maths zeroes in on perfect cup of coffee

Image copyright Thinkstock Mathematicians are a step closer to understanding what makes a perfect cup of coffee. Through some complex calculations, they have shone a light on the processes governing how coffee is extracted from grains in a filter machine. This could help drinkers optimise their cuppa by applying a more precise – and scientific […]

Database helps plant ‘right tree for the right place’

Database helps plant ‘right tree for the right place’

Image caption City planners tend to stick to tree species they know and love, say researchers German researchers have compiled a 400-species database to encourage people to plant the “right tree in the right place” in urban areas. The team of scientists hope the information will help shift the focus away from the way trees […]

Dino-bird fossil had sparkly feathers ‘to attract mate ‘

Dino-bird fossil had sparkly feathers ‘to attract mate ‘

Image copyright Jennifer Peteya Image caption The fossil, Bohaiornithidae, is exceptionally well preserved An extinct bird that lived about 120 million years ago had iridescent feathers that it may have used to attract a mate, fossil evidence shows. The prehistoric bird, which was found recently in China, may have puffed up its feathers like a […]