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Clean air plan 'ambitious but vague'

Image copyright Reuters The number of people exposed to high particle pollution will be halved by 2025 if government plans are realised. There will be an attempt to curb smoke from solid fuel fires and wood-burners; pollution from diesel machinery will be reduced. Farmers, who have largely evaded pollution controls so far, will be told […]

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Malaria genetics: study shows how disease became deadly

Image copyright Science Photo Library The secrets of how malaria became a deadly human-killer have been revealed by a genetic study. The work, led by researchers from Wellcome Sanger Institute in Cambridge, compared seven types of malaria – tracing the parasite’s family tree. This revealed that, about 50,000 years ago, the parasites diverged, with one […]

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Fatal confusion

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Walter Huang, 38, was killed in a crash while using Tesla’s Autopilot function The confusion between fully autonomous self-driving cars and those that simply offer driver assistance technologies is leading to deaths on the road. Who is to blame and what should be done about it? Self-driving cars already exist […]

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China launch will prep for Moon landing

Image copyright AFP Image caption The satellite launched on a Long March-4C rocket from the Xichang launch centre China has launched a relay satellite to prepare for a lunar rover mission planned for later in the year. The Queqiao spacecraft will establish a communications link between Earth and the landing mission, which looks set to […]

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'Permanent' interstellar visitor found

Image copyright Science Photo Library An asteroid in Jupiter’s orbit may have come from outside our Solar System, according to a new study. Unlike ‘Oumuamua, the interstellar object which briefly visited the Solar System earlier this year, 2015 BZ509 (affectionately known as BZ) seems to have been here for 4.5 billion years. This makes it […]