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What future for E numbers after Brexit?

Image copyright Getty Images Thinking about E numbers might stir up images of hyperactive children guzzling fluorescent soft drinks. But have you ever wondered what the E stands for? Looking at this system of food additives can help illustrate some of the tough issues facing the British government as it prepares to leave the European […]

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Slippery bottle solves ketchup problem

Media captionThe BBC’s Pallab Ghosh reports: The invention means the ketchup “just glides out” Scientists in Boston have found a way to get every last drop of ketchup out of the bottle. They have developed a coating that makes bottle interiors super slippery. The coating can also be used to make it easier to squeeze […]

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AAAS chief puts weight behind protest march

Image copyright AAAS Image caption Holt, a research physicist, represented Central New Jersey in Congress The head of the world’s largest scientific membership organisation has given his backing for a planned protest by researchers in Washington DC. Rush Holt, of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), said that people were “standing up […]

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Sir David Attenborough to present Blue Planet sequel

Image copyright BBC/Steve Benjamin Image caption Bottlenose dolphins were filmed surfing in South Africa for Blue Planet II Sir David Attenborough will present the sequel to 2001’s The Blue Planet, the BBC has announced. The seven-part series, to be shown later this year, is intended to recent highlight scientific discoveries. Filming innovations include suction cameras […]

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Gravity probe exceeds performance goals

Media captionStefano Vitale: “LISA Pathfinder has been an amazing success” The long-planned LISA space mission to detect gravitational waves looks as though it will be green lit shortly. Scientists working on a demonstration of its key measurement technologies say they have just beaten the sensitivity performance that will be required.   The European Space Agency (Esa), […]

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Eclipse to be turned into mega-movies

Media captionTyler Nordgren: “The public can help construct a 90-minute-long video of the eclipse” August’s total solar eclipse in the US will almost certainly be the most watched such event in history. More than 12 million people – from Oregon to South Carolina – live on the path of darkness that the Moon will cut […]

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Naica's crystal caves hold long-dormant life

Image copyright Penelope J. Boston Image caption The caves were discovered by miners 100 years ago It is a remarkable discovery in an amazing place. Scientists have extracted long-dormant microbes from inside the famous giant crystals of the Naica mountain caves in Mexico – and revived them. The organisms were likely encased in the striking […]

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GM hens help build 'frozen aviary' in Edinburgh

Image copyright Google Image caption The researchers at Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute want to preserve rare poultry breeds Genetically-modified hens that can lay eggs from different poultry breeds are helping scientists set up a “frozen aviary” to conserve rare birds. The aviary acts like a seed bank for poultry, storing primordial stem cells that produce eggs […]

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Ocean mapping XPRIZE cuts teams to 21

Image copyright Oceanzus Image caption New Hampshire team Oceanzus’s MX-1 vehicle would permit continuous mapping operations The international competition to drive innovation in seafloor mapping has announced the teams that will take part in its semi-final stage. Twenty-one groups will be in with a shout of winning the $7m Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE. Some are […]