Science

Athenia: Is that this the wreck of the primary British ship torpedoed in WW2?

Picture copyright GSI Picture caption The sonar contact matches the size of the Athenia in all particulars The stays of the primary British ship to be sunk in WW2 seem to have been recognized on the Atlantic seabed. Shipwreck-hunter David Mearns says sonar information reveals the transatlantic passenger liner Athenia to be mendacity 200m down on Rockall Financial institution, off Eire. A German submarine torpedoed the ship hours after Britain

Ivory commerce to be banned in UK ‘to guard elephants’

Picture copyright Getty Pictures Picture caption Tiny elephants carved from ivory are the kind of product that might be banned underneath the proposals The sale and export of virtually all ivory gadgets could be banned within the UK underneath plans set out by the federal government. Surroundings Secretary Michael Gove has introduced a session to finish the commerce in ivory of all ages – earlier makes an attempt at a

Siberian blue robin excites fowl watchers in Orkney

Picture copyright Bryony Baker/North Ronaldsay Chook Observatory Chook watchers have been left in a little bit of a flap after the uncommon arrival of an off-track grownup Siberian blue robin in North Ronaldsay. It’s believed to be the primary grownup male of the breed within the UK, though juveniles have been seen earlier than. The fowl ought to be spending the winter in Indonesia, however is believed to have been

Mass extinctions ‘supply cautionary story’

Picture copyright Victor O Leshyk Picture caption Lystrosaurus, an early relative of mammals Mass extinctions have the potential to information trendy conservation efforts, say scientists. A examine confirms the concept that upheavals of the geological previous prompted a drastic lack of biodiversity. ”Catastrophe faunas” dominated by a small variety of widespread, newly-evolving species prevailed for hundreds of thousands of years. Researchers warn sixth mass extinction is underway, which is predicted

Clear Development Plan may see stamp obligation incentive for householders

Picture copyright PA Stamp obligation in England could also be modified to encourage folks to make their houses extra power environment friendly. Vitality minister Claire Perry informed the BBC homeowners would face “carrots and sticks” to immediate them into saving on heating payments and carbon emissions. It could kind a part of a plan by ministers to get about 1,000,000 houses a yr renovated in the course of the subsequent

Ozone layer restoration may very well be delayed by 30 years

Picture copyright SPL Picture caption Researchers reported in 2015 that there was clear proof of therapeutic within the ozone gap Rising world emissions of some chlorine-containing chemical substances may sluggish the progress made in therapeutic the ozone layer. A examine discovered the substances, broadly used for paint stripping and within the manufacture of PVC, are growing a lot sooner than beforehand thought. Primarily produced in China, these compounds should not

UK-Dutch-built Sentinel launches to trace air high quality

Media playback is unsupported in your machine Media captionThe Rockot automobile lifted away from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome proper on cue A UK-assembled satellite tv for pc has launched from Russia on a mission to watch air high quality across the globe. Its Dutch-designed instrument will make 20 million observations each day, constructing maps of polluting gases and particles identified to be dangerous to well being. Referred to as Sentinel-5P, the

1,000mph ‘Bloodhound’ rocket automotive fires up

Media playback is unsupported in your system Media captionThe engine was designed to work in a jet fighter, not in a automotive A British staff is growing a automotive that shall be able to reaching 1,000mph (1,610km/h). Powered by a rocket bolted to a Eurofighter-Hurricane jet engine, the car will first mount an assault on the world land velocity report (763mph; 1,228km/h). Bloodhound ought to begin operating on Hakskeen Pan

‘Huge, dangerous wolf’ picture flawed – scientists

Picture copyright Rooobert Bayer Picture caption Wolves are good at working collectively to get meals rewards New analysis casts doubt on the concept that canines are naturally extra tolerant and pleasant than wolves. In checks of cooperation expertise, wolves outperformed their domesticated relations. Scientists say the findings problem assumptions about how canines have been tamed from wolves and got here to reside alongside people. Earlier proof has steered that the

The place spacecraft go to die

Picture copyright china manned house engineering Picture caption China’s Tiangong I spacecraft is predicted to fall to Earth quickly China’s Tiangong-1 house station is presently uncontrolled and anticipated to fall again to Earth subsequent 12 months. However not within the distant place the place many different spacecraft finish their days. Explorers and adventurers usually search for new locations to overcome now that the best peaks have been climbed, the poles