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Government bid to delay air pollution plan fails

0SHARESShare The UK Government has lost a court bid to delay publication of its air pollution strategy, and must now release it before the June election. Courts had given the government until Monday 24 April to set out draft guidelines to tackle illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution. But late last week, ministers lodged an application to delay their ...

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First Americans claim sparks controversy

0SHARESShare A study that claims humans reached the Americas 130,000 years ago – much earlier than previously suggested – has run into controversy. Humans are thought to have arrived in the New World no earlier than 25,000 years ago, so the find would push back the first evidence of settlement by more than 100,000 years. The conclusions rest on analysis ...

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What happened at March for Science events around the world

0SHARESShare Nature | News Sharing Nature reported from marches in cities including Sydney, Washington DC and Paris, as people took to the streets in support of science. 21 April 2017 Article tools Image Slideshow Washington DC Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call Washington DC Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Santiago, Chile Ivan Alvarado/Reuters Madrid, Spain Marcos del Mazo/LightRocket/Getty New York City Andrew Kelly/Reuters London, UK ...

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Surprise El Niño causes devastation but offers lessons for ecologists

0SHARESShare Leo Ramirez/AFP/Getty An unusual ‘coastal’ El Niño drenched northern Peru and displaced tens of thousands of people. Torrential rains pummelled Peru’s northern coastal desert in February and March, triggering floods that killed at least 113 people and destroyed some 40,000 homes. As families grapple with their losses and government officials tally the cost of repair and reconstruction, scientists are gearing ...

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Mining threatens Chinese fossil site that revealed planet's earliest animals

0SHARESShare Shuhai Xiao Tiny fossils from the Doushantuo Formation have been touted as the planet’s earliest animals. Palaeontologists are fighting to save a site in China that contains fossils of some of the earliest animals on record. This month they gained a temporary halt to the phosphate mining that has already destroyed some fossil beds. The threatened site is part ...

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California’s $3-billion bet on stem cells faces final test

0SHARESShare Xianmin Zeng/Buck Inst. Nerve cells derived from human stem cells, in work supported by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. When California voters approved US$3 billion in funding for stem-cell research in 2004, biologists flocked to the state, and citizens dreamed of cures for Parkinson’s disease and spinal-cord injuries. Now, the pot of money — one of the biggest state investments ...

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Ripple effects of New Zealand earthquake continue to this day

0SHARESShare Marty Melville/AFP/Getty A 2016 tremor in New Zealand destroyed roads and set off slow slip movements deep in the two crustal plates off the country’s east coast. The consequences of a magnitude-7.8 earthquake that struck New Zealand on 14 November 2016 are still rippling through the country. The quake, which killed two people and caused billions of dollars of ...

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Planetariums — not just for kids

0SHARESShare Most researchers think of planetariums, if they think of them at all, as a place to take schoolchildren for whizzy trips through the stars, with nothing to offer serious scientists. But the truth is quite the contrary. In March, the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan held a joint workshop with the International Planetarium Society (IPS) in Tokyo. The goal? ...

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March for Science, climate engineering and China's space station

0SHARESShare Research | Events | Publishing | Space | Funding | Facilities | Policy | Trend watch RESEARCH Physicists excited by LHC anomaly The latest in a series of anomalies spotted in 5-year-old data from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) could point to a new elementary particle, physicists hope. The oddities, in the decay of short-lived particles called B mesons, were ...

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Liquid-biopsies success highlights power of combining basic and clinical research

0SHARESShare Jacqueline Larma/AP/REX/Shutterstock A new study shows the promise of ‘liquid biopsies’ to help monitor cancer. One of the biggest obstacles to surviving cancer is the way the disease can shift its shape and form over time. Tumours are diverse and contain cells of many different types, with different genetic and epigenetic make-up. This allows cancer to adapt to changing ...

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