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Plastic straws will be banned in the UK from April 2020

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 8:01pm
The billions of plastic straws consumed in the UK each year will be banned from April 2020. The move will also cover plastic drinks stirrers and cotton buds
Categories: Astronomy

Chimps that mash potatoes challenge our understanding of tool use

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 2:00pm
Chimps have figured out how to use sticks to mash potatoes. The finding could prompt a rethink of the role of culture in our hominin ancestors’ use of tools
Categories: Astronomy

DNA from mummy's tomb reveals ancient Egyptian origins of watermelon

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 1:46pm
Painted watermelons adorn the walls of several ancient Egyptian tombs, and now DNA analysis has revealed what their flesh would have looked and tasted like
Categories: Astronomy

Ancient Egyptians feasted on sweet watermelons at least 3500 years ago

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 1:46pm
DNA analysis has revealed that leaves found on an ancient Egyptian mummy came from a domesticated watermelon with sweet, red flesh just like modern varieties
Categories: Astronomy

Contaminated blood scandal: Could some deaths have been prevented?

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 12:57pm
Campaigners are giving evidence to an inquiry into the haemophilia treatments that infected thousands of people with HIV and hepatitis C in the 1970s and 80s
Categories: Astronomy

Turning CO2 into animal feed could make it greener for us to eat meat

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 12:01pm
A start-up is converting carbon dioxide into high-protein animal food, with the hope of eventually denting the environmental impact of agriculture
Categories: Astronomy

Putting a bird feeder in your garden really does help wildlife

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 12:00pm
A long-term study in the UK suggests that in urban areas, populations of birds that use bird feeders have increased while those of other species remain unchanged
Categories: Astronomy

How to be a maker: The complete list of all you need

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 9:21am
Our 10-part maker series is a fun way to learn about electronics, working up to building a biscuit-ferrying robot. Here’s all the stuff you need
Categories: Astronomy

UK's controversial use of face recognition to be challenged in court

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 7:01am
The first legal battle of the UK's use of face recognition technology begins today, the police today it helps them find suspects but critics say it is unlawful
Categories: Astronomy

Older people use more energy - and it's not just because of wealth

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 6:19am
The average age is rising around the world - a demographic shift that could pose a significant challenge to efforts to rein in emissions and climate change
Categories: Astronomy