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 SpaceX launches five Iridium satellites and twin NASA probes 11m Updated SpaceX launches five Iridium satellites and twin NASA probes
SpaceX's 10th launch of the year went off without a hitch on Tuesday, as the rocket company blasted off five more Iridium satellites into space, in addition to two NASA research satellites.
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 The robot killer than can take out weeds with a single jet blast of chemical 19m Updated The robot killer than can take out weeds with a single jet blast of chemical
Companies have developed AI weeders that can reduce herbicide use by up to 90 percent once crops have started growing, replacing liquid pesticides.
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Democrats Sharpen Focus as Scott Pruitt Testifies Again on Capitol Hill33m Updated Democrats Sharpen Focus as Scott Pruitt Testifies Again on Capitol Hill
The E.P.A. administrator made his third congressional appearance in less than a month and appeared unable to deflect some tough questions.
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The cruel truth about the brumbies | First Dog on the Moon54m The cruel truth about the brumbies | First Dog on the Moon
Horses get shot and killed in abattoirs every day but not these horses
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 Watching films on an iPad in bed can ruin your sleep and make you more dozy in the morning 1h 24m Watching films on an iPad in bed can ruin your sleep and make you more dozy in the morning
Over time, the knock-on effects could make people sick, worsen their performance at work and make them less safe driving.
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 Britons no longer top the league in minding their manners 1h 37m Britons no longer top the league in minding their manners
An international team including representatives from the universities of Sydney, York, and Helsinki studied recordings of conversation in eight languages in five continents.
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Environment Agency warns of serious water deficits for England2h Updated Environment Agency warns of serious water deficits for England
Enough water to meet the needs of 20 million people is lost through leakage every day, the report says.
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 Soaps, air fresheners, perfumes and paint could get warning labels over air pollution 2h Soaps, air fresheners, perfumes and paint could get warning labels over air pollution
Other measures in Environment Secretary Michael Gove’s clean air strategy include action against wood-burning stoves, ammonia from farms and diesel-powered machinery.
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10 of the best easy rural escapes from UK cities3h 10 of the best easy rural escapes from UK cities
These UK nature sites, from a new book, Wild and Free, offer abundant wildlife within an hour’s drive of a city or town, making them perfect for a day trip
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England at risk of water shortages due to overuse and leaks, report warns3h England at risk of water shortages due to overuse and leaks, report warns
Wasted water from leaking pipes and overuse in homes is causing damage to rivers and wildlife and putting increasing pressure on overstretched supplies, warns the Environment Agency People need to use less water and companies must curb leaks to prevent future water shortages and damage to rivers and wildlife, the Environment Agency (EA) has warned. Many sources of water supplies are already overstretched and, with climate change and a growing population, much of England could see significant supply shortages by the 2050s – particularly in the south-east.
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Our laws make slaves of nature. It’s not just humans who need rights | Marina Margil3h Our laws make slaves of nature. It’s not just humans who need rights | Marina Margil
For decades our laws have been a death sentence for the environment. Now, from the Amazon to Australia, the tide is turningThe Amazon rainforest is often called the earth’s lungs, and
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Illegal online sales of endangered wildlife rife in Europe4h Illegal online sales of endangered wildlife rife in Europe
Exclusive: Study finds 12,000 items worth $4m, including ivory, live orangutans and a huge number of reptiles and birds for the pet trade The online sale of endangered and threatened wildlife is rife across Europe, a new investigation has revealed, ranging from live cheetahs, orangutans and bears to ivory, polar bear skins and many live reptiles and birds. Researchers from the
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 Boeing gets the go ahead for 77x megajet with folding wings 6h Updated Boeing gets the go ahead for 77x megajet with folding wings
Boeing just cleared a major hurdle in making the world's largest twin-engine jet a reality. It received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to build its 777x megajet that has folding wingtips.
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Specieswatch: fighting pollen beetles in the margins8h Specieswatch: fighting pollen beetles in the margins
With insect numbers falling because of pesticides, natural controls are being sought for a pest threatening valuable oilseed rape crops One of the pests that troubles British farmers is the pollen beetle,
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How to speak volcano like a pro9h How to speak volcano like a pro
Making sense of terms like vog, laze and pahoehoe with the help of volcanologist Evgenia Ilyinskaya.
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 Climate change could be driving antibiotic resistance across US 9h Updated Climate change could be driving antibiotic resistance across US
A study found that higher local temperatures and population densities correlate with a higher degree of antibiotic resistance in common bacterial strains.
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 Phone with radical holographic 3D display to go on sale this year 10h Phone with radical holographic 3D display to go on sale this year
The world's first phone that can display holographic images will soon hit the shelves. Carriers including AT&T and Verizon have announced that they will start selling the phone, called the Hydrogen One
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 Apple developer conference shows hints that Siri is getting smarter 10h Apple developer conference shows hints that Siri is getting smarter
Siri has hinted she is getting a 'brand new voice' likely as part of iOS 12 release. When asked about WWDC she responds with hints she's getting an upgrade.
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This is why those lynx are shrieking11h This is why those lynx are shrieking
Two lynx caught on camera howling at each other have the internet fixated. So what IS that noise?
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 Mystery of 150-year-old remains of a baby with one mummified hand 12h Mystery of 150-year-old remains of a baby with one mummified hand
Inside a forgotten storage box containing remains from a dig in Hungary, researchers found a set human bones so tiny they may have belonged to a rat – and, it had a single mummified hand.
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 Microsoft reveals it has an AI bot that can place phone calls 12h Microsoft reveals it has an AI bot that can place phone calls
Microsoft is demoing an AI chatbot called Xiaoice that can call you up and hold a natural conversation in real time. It can only speak Chinese, but Microsoft is prepping an English-speaking version.
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 Children as young as three understand the concept of ownership  12h Children as young as three understand the concept of ownership 
Researchers from the University of Waterloo found that children as young as three are able to infer about who owns an object based on its location.
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Matter: Every Cell in Your Body Has the Same DNA. Except It Doesn’t.13h Updated Matter: Every Cell in Your Body Has the Same DNA. Except It Doesn’t.
The genome obviously varies from person to person. But it can also vary from cell to cell, even within the same individual. The implications of “mosaicism” are enormous.
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 Archaeologists solve the mystery of 150-year-old remains of a baby with one mummified hand 13h Archaeologists solve the mystery of 150-year-old remains of a baby with one mummified hand
Inside a forgotten storage box containing remains from a dig in Hungary, researchers found a set human bones so tiny they may have belonged to a rat – and, it had a single mummified hand.
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 Remains of 380 bodies could provide evidence of the ferocious battles during the Roman Empire 13h Updated Remains of 380 bodies could provide evidence of the ferocious battles during the Roman Empire
Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark do not believe these people who fought in Denmark's Illerup River Valley - some of whom were just 13 years old - were trained for the day-long combat.
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Coalition signals competition law changes to deal with energy market concentration14h Coalition signals competition law changes to deal with energy market concentration
Josh Frydenberg ‘worried’ about ownership in the energy market ‘and what that means for consumers’ The Turnbull government is signalling changes to the competition law to deal with market concentration in the energy sector. The move comes as the energy market operator reports that the national energy grid maintained high levels of reliability over the summer, despite a number of heatwaves, and there were no supply interruptions due to insufficient generation.
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The Guardian view on Gove’s clean air plan: just hot air | Editorial15h The Guardian view on Gove’s clean air plan: just hot air | Editorial
The environment secretary must not use simplistic policies to avoid the complex and difficult trade-offs called for in dealing with the air quality crisis that is ending thousands of lives prematurelyMichael Gove, the environment secretary, made his name during the Brexit campaign for quipping that “the people have had enough of experts” and likening economists who warned against leaving the European Union to
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Is This the World’s Most Diverse National Park?16h Updated Is This the World’s Most Diverse National Park?
Bringing the numbers to life for the jewel in Bolivia’s conservation crown.
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 Instagram finally adds a mute button that lets you ignore people 16h Updated Instagram finally adds a mute button that lets you ignore people
The mute button has already rolled out to a 'small number' of iOS users and will expand to users worldwide in the coming weeks, Instagram said.
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 Facebook and YouTube are worst offenders in exposing kids to sex 16h Updated Facebook and YouTube are worst offenders in exposing kids to sex
The NSPCC found Facebook and YouTube expose kids to  most graphic content. They posed 'high' risk to kids for encountering adult content including suicide, violence, bullying, and sex
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Nine people killed as Indian police open fire on pollution protesters17h Nine people killed as Indian police open fire on pollution protesters
Protests against Thoothukudi smelter have been taking place for more than three months At least nine people have been killed after police fired at protesters calling for the closure of a copper smelter in southern India. Residents of the port city of Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu state, alongside environmentalists, have been demonstrating against one of India’s biggest copper plants for more than three months, alleging it is a major source of pollution and a risk to fisheries.
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 Instagram will now tell you when ‘you’re all caught up’ with posts 17h Updated Instagram will now tell you when ‘you’re all caught up’ with posts
Instagram says this new global feature is an attempt to help users combat compulsive online browsing and understand how much time they spend online (stock image).
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 Google and Microsoft find fourth chip flaw that could leak data 18h Google and Microsoft find fourth chip flaw that could leak data
Hackers could exploit the flaw to trick gadgets into revealing sensitive information stored on their memory systems, researchers at Washington-based Microsoft said.
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Shell investors revolt over pay and increase pressure over climate change18h Shell investors revolt over pay and increase pressure over climate change
Oil firm grilled over carbon emissions, but defeats motion calling for tougher targets Shell investors have rebelled over the company’s executive pay, as the Anglo-Dutch oil company came under pressure to take stronger action on climate change. While chief executive Ben van Beurden’s €8.9m (£7.79m) pay package for 2017 was approved, more than a quarter of shareholders voted against the firm’s remuneration report at its annual general meeting on Tuesday.
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Boris Johnson joins US in criticising Russia to Germany gas pipeline18h Boris Johnson joins US in criticising Russia to Germany gas pipeline
Foreign secretary says Nord Stream 2 could leave Europe reliant on ‘malign’ Russia The UK foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, has joined the US in condemning “divisive” German plans to press ahead with the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, arguing it could leave European energy consumers heavily dependent on “a malign Russian state”.
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 Scientists claim MRIs could diagnose gender dysphoria in children 18h Scientists claim MRIs could diagnose gender dysphoria in children
Children who believe they were born in the wrong body could soon have an MRI scan to reveal if they are transgender after breakthrough research from the University of Liege in Belgium.
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Shell investors revolt over climate change and executive pay18h Shell investors revolt over climate change and executive pay
Oil firm grilled over carbon emissions, but defeats motion calling for tougher targets Shell investors have rebelled over the company’s executive pay, as the Anglo-Dutch oil company came under pressure to take stronger action on climate change. While chief executive Ben van Beurden’s €8.9m (£7.79m) pay package for 2017 was approved, more than a quarter of shareholders voted against the firm’s remuneration report at its annual general meeting (AGM) on Tuesday.
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 Scientists say MRIs can pick out transgender people with gender dysphoria 18h Scientists say MRIs can pick out transgender people with gender dysphoria
Children who believe they were born in the wrong body could soon have an MRI scan to reveal if they are transgender after breakthrough research from the University of Liege in Belgium.
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 Experts disclose details about 300-year-old shipwreck in Caribbean 19h Updated Experts disclose details about 300-year-old shipwreck in Caribbean
The San Jose, found off the coast of Colombia, was located by an underwater autonomous vehicle operated by the Massachusetts-based Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
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 Humans account for less than 1% of all life on Earth 20h Updated Humans account for less than 1% of all life on Earth
While humans only add up to about one ten-thousandth of all life on Earth, researchers say we've helped to wipe out nearly 85% of wild mammals, and slash total weight of plants by half.
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 Crackdown on wood-burning stoves, diesels and toxic tyre particles 20h Crackdown on wood-burning stoves, diesels and toxic tyre particles
Town halls will be given powers to prohibit the sale of highly-polluting wet wood and any coal that is not smokeless. Wood-burning stoves have been blamed for toxic air.
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 Experts disclose new details about 300-year-old shipwreck 20h Experts disclose new details about 300-year-old shipwreck
The San Jose, found off the coast of Colombia, was located by an underwater autonomous vehicle operated by the Massachusetts-based Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
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Death toll climbs in Karachi heatwave21h Updated Death toll climbs in Karachi heatwave
Charity says at least 65 people have died in Pakistani city as temperatures exceed 40C An intense heatwave across south Asia has killed dozens of people with sustained temperatures in excess of 40C coinciding with power cuts and Ramadan, when many Muslims avoid eating or drinking water. At least 65 people have died in Karachi in recent days according to the charitable organisation that runs the central morgue in the Pakistani port city, as volunteers handed out water to labourers and others working outside in temperatures as high as 44C (111F).
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What would get you on your bike? Here’s a chance to change your streets | Laura Laker22h What would get you on your bike? Here’s a chance to change your streets | Laura Laker
More walking and cycling would improve everything from the UK’s air quality to its health. The government is listening – send a messageImagine if, with an email, you could help to start a national conversation about cleaning up the air where you live, improving the health of your community, boosting the local economy and making your neighbourhood a happier place to be. Well, you can – and you’ve got until 1 June. This is the
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Air pollution plans to tackle wood burners23h Updated Air pollution plans to tackle wood burners
Critics of the government proposals say they put too much responsibility on local councils.
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New Cancer Treatments Lie Hidden Under Mountains of Paperwork23h Updated New Cancer Treatments Lie Hidden Under Mountains of Paperwork
Guideposts to powerful treatments may be buried in the nation’s medical records. But there is no easy way to gather those records or to get them into a usable format.
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Carbon markets back from the brink of collapse, says World Bank24h Carbon markets back from the brink of collapse, says World Bank
Development of major new markets in China and reforms in Europe have provided a crucial boost as countries look at tools to cut carbon and meet their Paris climate targets Global carbon markets have been revived from the brink of collapse as, after years
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Rangers find 109,217 snares in a single park in Cambodia24h Rangers find 109,217 snares in a single park in Cambodia
Snares – either metal or rope – are indiscriminately killing wildlife across Southeast Asia, from elephants to mouse deer. The problem has become so bad that scientists are referring to protected areas in the region as “empty forests.”
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UK’s new air pollution strategy ‘hugely disappointing’, says Labour27h UK’s new air pollution strategy ‘hugely disappointing’, says Labour
Consultation proposes reducing pollutants, including particulates from wood burners and ammonia from farms – but does little to tackle diesel emissions A new clean air strategy published by the UK government has been criticised as “hugely disappointing” by the Labour party. Other groups said it did little to tackle the dirty diesel vehicles that are the main source of toxic air in urban areas. The new strategy, announced on Tuesday by environment secretary, Michael Gove, aims to crack down on a wide range of pollutants. These include particulates from wet wood and coal burning in homes, ammonia emissions from farms and dust from vehicle tyres and brakes.
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