Summer time tune

Picture copyright Getty Pictures Picture caption The sphere cricket, Gryllus campestris, is a particularly uncommon, declining and threatened insect within the UK The cheep, cheep, cheep of a cricket within the grass is the quintessential sound of summer season. As I crunch over heathland searching for the elusive insect, the tune fills the air, as if conjured up by a magician. My companion, Mike Coates, the warden right here at

Not simply stars

From the northern lights to noctilucent clouds, the vary of topics on this yr’s competitors covers all issues astronomical. Here’s a choice of the shortlisted photos. A battle we’re dropping Picture copyright Haitong Yu The Milky Method rises above a small radio telescope at Miyun Station, Nationwide Astronomical Observatory of China, Beijing, in Haitong Yu’s . “The picture depicts mild air pollution, which along with electromagnetic noise, has turned many

Local weather crusader Gore takes up arms once more

Picture copyright PARAMOUNT/An Inconvenient Sequel Picture caption Al Gore delivers footage of a quickly melting Arctic Local weather crusader Al Gore is coming to a display close to you. The previous US vp is within the UK to launch his newest eco-movie, An Inconvenient Sequel. It is passionate, dramatic and controversial. And he is hoping it should persuade you that the local weather will be saved if all of us

James Webb: Telescope’s big origami defend takes form

Picture copyright Northrop Grumman Corp Picture caption The defend’s dimensions are 21.2m by 14.2m. Its 5 layers are created from kapton, a polyimide movie coated with aluminium It’s the measurement of a tennis court docket and subsequent yr it’ll go into orbit as a part of essentially the most refined area telescope ever constructed. The kite-shaped object is a masks that may shield the James Webb observatory from the glare

New grass snake recognized within the UK

Picture copyright Wolfgang Bohme/Senckenberg Analysis Institute Picture caption The Natrix helvetica was initially regarded as a subspecies of the grass snake A brand new sort of snake has been recognized within the UK, bringing the whole variety of species to 4. Scientists say the barred grass snake, Natrix helvetica, is definitely a unique species to the widespread or jap grass snake, Natrix natrix. Earlier than, it was thought the grass

Pioneering sort 1 diabetes remedy secure

Picture caption Aleix was identified with sort 1 diabetes aged 18 The primary trial of a pioneering remedy to retrain the immune system and sluggish the advance of sort 1 diabetes has proven it’s secure. The illness is attributable to the physique destroying cells within the pancreas that management blood sugar ranges. The immunotherapy – examined on 27 individuals within the UK – additionally confirmed indicators of slowing the illness,

Fish sauced? Goldfish flip to alcohol to outlive icy winters

Picture copyright Mary Evans Image Library Picture caption Goldfish and their kinfolk have the power to show lactic acid into alcohol Scientists have decoded the secrets and techniques behind a goldfish’s skill to outlive in ice-covered lakes. They’ve labored out how and why the fish flip lactic acid of their our bodies into alcohol, as a method of staying alive. Some goldfish have been discovered to have ranges properly above

Radioactive ‘pooh sticks’ hint carbon’s ocean journey

Picture copyright Getty Pictures Picture caption Scientists say iodine traces from Sellafield have travelled to the waters off Bermuda Radioactive iodine from nuclear reprocessing crops within the UK and France has been detected deep within the waters close to Bermuda. Scientists say the contaminants take a circuitous route travelling through the Arctic Ocean and down previous Greenland. Researchers imagine the radioactivity ranges are extraordinarily low and current no hazard. Nonetheless,

Scientists uncover a brand new flower of Shetland

Picture caption The precise location of the brand new flower is being saved secret Scientists have found a model new flower in Shetland. It’s a magnificence. A fragile golden bell of a flower, its throat flecked with tiny, blood-red spots – colors echoing the Lion Rampant. It’s a discreet magnificence, although. Every flower is barely barely bigger than a 50p piece. Discreet and distinctive, as a result of this can

Scotland’s largest photo voltaic farm will get inexperienced gentle

Picture copyright Elgin Power Picture caption Scotland’s largest photo voltaic farm at the moment is at Errol Property in Perthshire The inexperienced gentle has been given for what can be Scotland’s largest photo voltaic farm. Moray Council has granted Elgin Power planning permission for a 20MW mission close to Urquhart, which may see about 80,000 photo voltaic panels put in. The farm can be constructed on the 47-hectare Speyslaw website