‘Boaty McBoatface’ maps deep ocean water

Image copyright P.Abrahamsen/BASImage caption The expedition was the new sub’s first major scientific outing Intrepid submarine Boaty McBoatface has made its first significant discovery, say UK scientists. The autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) has built a 3D map of deep ocean waters as they move away from Antarctica. Researchers previously had limited data to show these […]

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Experts cast doubt over Highlands spaceport plan

Image copyright HIEImage caption An artist’s impression of the spaceport Doubts have been cast on the suitability of the site vying to be the location for the UK’s first major spaceport. Land on the A’Mhoine Peninsula in Sutherland has been identified as a location for the launching of rockets carrying micro satellites. The move has […]

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MPs call for end to ‘throwaway clothes’ era

Image copyright Getty Images A report by MPs has urged the UK government to end the era of throwaway clothes and poor working conditions in the fashion supply chain. The MPs’ proposals are designed to force the fashion industry to clean up its act. They made 18 recommendations covering environmental and labour practices and want […]

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Atlantic Ocean ‘running out of breath’

Image copyright Sid FrisbyImage caption A remotely-operated underwater vehicle is used to gather footage of the coral mounds of the Mingulay reef off the west coast of Scotland A huge international research programme has been launched to assess the health of the Atlantic Ocean. The iAtlantic project is the biggest ever mounted in the planet’s […]

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‘Cryoegg’ to explore under Greenland Ice Sheet

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDr Liz Bagshaw: “The models have essentially been working blind” UK scientists head to Greenland this week to trial new sensors that can be placed under its 2km-thick ice sheet. The instruments are designed to give researchers unique information on the way glaciers slide towards the ocean. […]

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Pope warns oil bosses of climate threat

Image copyright Reuters The Pope has told oil company bosses that climate change threatens the future of the “human family”. The oil executives had been invited to the Vatican in Rome for an audience with the pontiff. Pope Francis said a radical energy transition is needed to save what he called “our common home”. The […]

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Greenpeace rig protest brought to an end

Image caption A helicopter arriving at the rig The occupation of an oil rig by Greenpeace protesters has been brought to an end. The environmental campaigners had first boarded the Transocean rig in the Cromarty Firth on Sunday evening. The rig, under contract to BP, had been due to leave from near Invergordon, heading for […]

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Scotland’s crannogs are older than Stonehenge

Image copyright Chris MurrayImage caption Neolithic pottery was previously found near crannogs in the Western Isles Archaeologists have discovered that some Scottish crannogs are thousands of years older than previously thought. Crannogs were fortified settlements constructed on artificial islands in lochs. It was thought they were first built in the Iron Age, a period that […]

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