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Trump’s divided desert: Wildlife at the border wall

Trump’s divided desert: Wildlife at the border wall

Media captionVictoria Gill joins scientists working in the Sonoran Desert President Trump’s promise to build a “great wall” along the US-Mexico border remains one of the central and most controversial promises of his presidency. But scientists from the University of Arizona are starting to unravel the effect that such a wall could have on a […]

Genome pioneer John Sulston enters elite club

Genome pioneer John Sulston enters elite club

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sir John now has laboratories named after him at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute British genome pioneer Sir John Sulston has been elevated to the Companion of Honour in the Queen’s birthday list. Only 65 people, including the sovereign herself, can hold the distinction at any one time. Sir […]

China’s quantum satellite in big leap

China’s quantum satellite in big leap

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Micius went up from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in China’s north west The term “spy satellite” has taken on a new meaning with the successful test of a novel Chinese spacecraft. The mission can provide unbreakable secret communications channels, in principle, using the laws of quantum science. Called […]

My 25-year project to photograph the world’s animals

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‘Little sunfish’ robot to swim in to Fukushima reactor

When a tsunami devastated parts of Japan’s coastline in 2011, killing more than 18,000 people, it also hit the Fukushima nuclear power plant, triggering the most serious nuclear accident since Chernobyl. Parts of the damaged reactors are still highly contaminated with radiation and robotics are playing a crucial part in the clean-up. ‘Little sunfish’ robot […]

Dams could ‘permanently damage Amazon’

Dams could ‘permanently damage Amazon’

Image copyright Edgargo Latrubesse Image caption The Amazon basin is the largest and most complex river system in the world The Amazon basin could suffer significant and irreversible damage if an extensive dam building programme goes ahead, scientists say. Currently, 428 hydroelectric dams are planned, with 140 already built or under construction. Researchers warn that […]

China’s quantum satellite in big leap

China’s quantum satellite in big leap

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Micius went up from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in China’s north west The term “spy satellite” has taken on a new meaning with the successful test of a novel Chinese spacecraft. The mission can provide unbreakable secret communications channels, in principle, using the laws of quantum science. Called […]

‘Little sunfish’ robot to swim in to Fukushima reactor

When a tsunami devastated parts of Japan’s coastline in 2011, killing more than 18,000 people, it also hit the Fukushima nuclear power plant, triggering the most serious nuclear accident since Chernobyl. Parts of the damaged reactors are still highly contaminated with radiation and robotics are playing a crucial part in the clean-up. ‘Little sunfish’ robot […]

Dams could ‘permanently damage Amazon’

Dams could ‘permanently damage Amazon’

Image copyright Edgargo Latrubesse Image caption The Amazon basin is the largest and most complex river system in the world The Amazon basin could suffer significant and irreversible damage if an extensive dam building programme goes ahead, scientists say. Currently, 428 hydroelectric dams are planned, with 140 already built or under construction. Researchers warn that […]

Air pollution plan ‘unfair’ on local authorities

Air pollution plan ‘unfair’ on local authorities

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Air pollution levels in London could stay above legal limits for the next decade if action isn’t taken The UK government is abdicating its responsibilities and “unfairly shifting the burden” of dealing with dirty air on to local authorities, says an industry body. The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health […]