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Can you spot ocean plastic from space?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLauren Biermann: “We’ve been concentrating on getting the science right; the next step is automation” Scientists are working on a technique to track plastic debris in the ocean from space. It’s extremely challenging, especially since the individual pieces of litter are smaller than the minimum-sized objects that […]

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Plastic toys: Is it time we cut back?

Image copyright Bettina Maidment Piles of plastic toys take up space in many family homes in the UK. If you’re a parent, then you’ll know how tricky it can be to avoid buying them, whether it’s diggers, dolls houses or building bricks. The UK’s toy industry is massive – last year consumers spent £370m on […]

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So where did the Mars methane go?

Image copyright ESA Image caption Artwork: TGO looks through the atmosphere and identifies molecules by the way they absorb sunlight The mystery of methane on Mars just got a whole lot more complicated. The gas, which on Earth is produced in large part by living things, has previously been detected on the Red Planet by […]

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New human species found in Philippines

Image copyright NAture Image caption The researchers found 13 elements of the new species, including bones and teeth There’s a new addition to the family tree: an extinct species of human that’s been found in the Philippines. It’s known as Homo luzonensis, after the site of its discovery on the country’s largest island Luzon. Its […]

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The first ever picture of a black hole

Astronomers have taken the first ever picture of a black hole at the heart of a distant galaxy called M87 in the Virgo galaxy cluster. It measures 40 billion km across, 3.3 million times the size of the Earth. The Event Horizon Telescope used a network of eight telescopes across the world to get the […]