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Climate change: ‘Right to repair’ gathers force

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images It is frustrating: you buy a new appliance then just after the warranty runs out, it gives up the ghost. You can’t repair it and can’t find anyone else to at a decent price, so it joins the global mountain of junk.You’re forced to buy a replacement, which fuels climate change from the greenhouse gases released in the manufacturing process.But help is at hand, because
Education

Making better use of ‘surgeons flipping burgers’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The UN warns about migrants not using their skills, leaving "surgeons flipping burgers" Migration remains one of the most potent international political dividing lines - with arguments about controlling borders and pressures on local services.But a report from the United Nations warns that once migrants have arrived, host countries often fail to make use of their talents.The UN has published an analysis showing
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Chinese scientist criticized for risking ‘gene-edited’ babies’ lives

[ad_1] LONDON, Jan 7 (Reuters) - A leading geneticist who ran the conference where a Chinese scientist said he had made the world’s first “gene-edited” babies condemned him on Monday for potentially jeopardizing lives and having no biology training. FILE PHOTO: Scientist He Jiankui attends the International Summit on Human Genome Editing at the University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong, China November 28, 2018. REUTERS/StringerRobin Lovell-Badge, organizer of the
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Indian scientists protest congress speakers discrediting works of Newton, Einstein

[ad_1] People hold placards to protest against claims made by speakers, discrediting theories of Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein, at the 106th Indian Science Congress in Kolkata, India, January 7, 2019. REUTERS/StringerMUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian scientists have protested about claims made at a local science conference that rubbish the work of some of the world’s greatest physicists and suggest modern breakthroughs such as in-vitro fertilization were in fact invented in
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Incredible ‘sea monster’ skull revealed in 3D

[ad_1] Image copyright Nigel Larkin Image caption The skull is nearly a metre long Some 200 million years ago in what is now Warwickshire, a dolphin-like reptile died and sank to the bottom of the sea. The creature's burial preserved its skull in stunning detail - enabling scientists to digitally reconstruct it.The fossil, unveiled in the journal PeerJ, gives a unique insight into the life of an ichthyosaur. The ferocious
Health

Are flexitarians half-hearted vegetarians? – BBC News

[ad_1] Reducing a diet's meat consumption can have a beneficial environmental impact, according to researchers.Boosting an intake of plant-based foods while consciously limiting - but not cutting out - meat is known as a flexitarian diet.But if plenty of people's diets already feature both food types, can it be considered a thing?Mark Breen is a chef from Birmingham and insists being a flexitarian has benefits beyond "half-hearted vegetarianism".Video Journalist: Chanise
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China ‘lifts mysterious veil’ by landing probe on far side of the moon

[ad_1] BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese space probe successfully touched down on the far side of the moon on Thursday, China’s space agency said, hailing the event as a historic first and a major achievement for the country’s space program. The Chang’e-4 lunar probe, launched in December, made the “soft landing” at 0226 GMT and transmitted the first-ever “close range” image of the far side of the moon, the China