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Quack science

Quack science

Media captionThe mandarin duck: “All their eggs in one basket” Last year, I was surprised to find my female mandarin duck was turning into a male. Even as a zoology graduate and someone who has kept birds in an aviary since I was 10 years old, I had absolutely no idea this could happen, so I started investigating, and it ...

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‘Monster’ rocket ‘selfie’ delights India

‘Monster’ rocket ‘selfie’ delights India

Image copyright ISRO Image caption Isro has been popular for sharing onboard footage from its missions Indians are delighted after seeing “selfie footage” from the country’s heaviest rocket. The onboard footage from the 640-tonne “monster” rocket, India’s largest, has been widely shared since it was released by the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) on Monday. Isro often shares onboard footage ...

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Wingsuit pilot Fraser Corsan ‘breaks speed record’

British wingsuit pilot Fraser Corsan has broken the World Record for greatest peak speed flown in a wingsuit, subject to ratification by Guinness. Listen to the BBC World Service radio programme, OS, on the BBC iPlayer. Video produced by Trystan Young.

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‘Oldest Homo sapiens’ found

Fossils of five early humans have been found in North Africa that show Homo sapiens emerged at least 100,000 years earlier than previously recognised.

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Objective truth ‘only hope’ of democracy

The American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has released a new book, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, in his campaign to promote scientific literacy. Mr Tyson discussed on the Today programme the US education system’s approach to learning. He said if people were trained to process and analyse information, they would be empowered with the ability to judge what is ...

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Therapy could stop superbugs on farms

Therapy could stop superbugs on farms

Researchers at Leicester University have shown that it might be possible to develop an alternative to antibiotics for treating diseases in pigs. They have identified a range of viruses, called bacteriophages, that can be used to kill common pig infections. The aim is to reduce the risk of antibiotic resistant bacteria emerging on farms that could also infect humans. If ...

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Renewables provide more than half UK electricity for first time

Renewables provide more than half UK electricity for first time

Image copyright Getty Images Renewable sources of energy have generated more electricity than coal and gas in the UK for the first time. National Grid reported that, on Wednesday lunchtime, power from wind, solar, hydro and wood pellet burning supplied 50.7% of UK energy. Add in nuclear, and by 2pm low carbon sources were producing 72.1% of electricity in the ...

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British ice station on the move

Filmmaker Natalie Hewit spent three months recording the relocation of the UK’s Halley research station in the Antarctic. Her film, for the BBC’s Horizon series, follows the epic effort to drag the space-age complex more than 20km across the ice sheet. Antarctica – Ice Station Rescue is broadcast on BBC Two on Wednesday, 7 June, at 21:00 BST.

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