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20th July 2018

Rising sea levels threaten the Internet

A new study has concluded that thousands of miles of buried Internet infrastructure could be damaged or destroyed by rising sea levels within 15 years.

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14th July 2018

New record efficiency for quantum dot white LEDs

Researchers have demonstrated nanomaterial-based white-light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that exhibit a record luminous efficiency of 105 lumens per watt.

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11th July 2018

Oil rigs may end their days as valuable artificial reefs

Researchers are encouraging authorities across the globe to rethink the idea of removing oil rigs, wind turbines and other installations in the sea when they are worn out.

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4th July 2018

Britain's biggest butterfly threatened with extinction by 2050

The British Swallowtail, a rare butterfly in the wetlands of eastern England, is threatened by rising sea levels.

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27th June 2018

Weed-killing robot uses 20 times less herbicide

Following pilot projects, along with key R&D milestones, a new automated farming project has successfully raised the funds it needs for European market entry.

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14th June 2018

Dramatic increase in Antarctic ice loss

Since 2012, the rate of ice loss from Antarctica has nearly tripled, according to a study funded by NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA).

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9th June 2018

Large-scale capture of CO2 shown to be feasible and affordable

A professor at Harvard has published the first viable solution for commercialising large-scale carbon capture technology at relatively low cost, which could help in reversing climate change.

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8th June 2018

Prototype fusion reactor achieves key milestone

Tokamak Energy, one of the world’s leading private fusion energy ventures, this week announced that it has achieved plasma temperatures of more than 15 million degrees Celsius, hotter than the centre of the Sun.

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4th June 2018

EU: 60% boost in funding for environmental and climate projects

The European Commission has proposed a 60% increase in funding for environmental and climate action programmes from 2021-2027.

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3rd June 2018

Mountain gorilla numbers exceed 1,000

Numbers of critically endangered mountain gorillas are on the up, following conservation efforts in Africa, but threats to this iconic species persist.

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27th May 2018

CRISPR-edited rice plants increase grain yield by up to 31%

Scientists from China and the USA report the use of CRISPR/Cas9 to develop a variety of rice producing 25-31% more grain than traditional breeding methods.

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