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Gene editing is GM, says European Court

[ad_1] Image copyright DNA The European Court of Justice has ruled that altering living things using the relatively new technique of genome editing counts as genetic engineering.Until now, gene editing, involving the precise replacement of one DNA sequence with another, has been a grey area.Traditional genetic engineering involves the less precise insertion of foreign DNA into an organism.It would mean any novel food developed with the help of gene editing
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Liquid water ‘lake’ revealed on Mars

[ad_1] Image copyright Science Photo Library Researchers have found evidence of an existing body of liquid water on Mars.What they believe to be a lake sits under the planet's south polar ice cap, and is about 20km (12 miles) across.Previous research found possible signs of intermittent liquid water flowing on the martian surface, but this is the first sign of a persistent body of water on the planet in the
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China fossil tells new supercontinent story

[ad_1] Image copyright Zhang Zongda Image caption Artist's impression: Lingwulong shenqi means the "amazing dragon" of Lingwu A newly discovered dinosaur may be re-writing China's geological history, according to recent findings.The latest addition to the family of giant, long-necked dinosaurs known as sauropods, Lingwulong shenqi lived in the north of the country about 174 million years ago.At this time, East Asia was thought to have split from the supercontinent Pangaea.
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Hyperloop test pod sets speed record

[ad_1] Image copyright Warr Hyperloop Image caption Three teams sent pods down the short test track to see how fast they could go A competition helping to drive development of the futuristic hyperloop transport system has been won by engineering students from Munich.The hyperloop idea involves passengers in pods travelling at very high speeds down sealed tunnels. The team's pod hit 457km/h (290mph) on a 1.2km (0.75 mile) test track.Run
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Recycled packaging ‘may end up in landfill’, warns watchdog

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Your yoghurt carton might be buried in landfill You try to be virtuous, wiping the curdling yoghurt off a plastic pot, then putting it in the recycling bin. Perhaps you envisage the pot eventually re-incarnated as a frisbee or maybe even a plastic bench.But don’t rest easy. Your pot might get burned or buried in landfill, and you’d never know.The National Audit Office
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Lovell lights: turning a telescope into an art installation

[ad_1] Image copyright Christopher Foster Looming up out of the green Cheshire countryside, listening to Deep Space, the Lovell telescope is an icon of science. And while it listens, the third largest radio telescope in the world becomes - for just a few days every summer - a massive, animated art installation.As part of the Bluedot music and science festival at Jodrell Bank, the telescope has now played host to
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The cost of Trump’s Endangered Species Act proposal

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The rebound of bald eagle populations is one of the greatest conservation stories in American history The Trump administration has proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA), a law credited with keeping hundreds of species from going extinct.The change would eliminate automatic protections for threatened plant and animal species, and make it easier for species to be removed from the list.Wildlife conservation
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Arctic wild goose chase threatens chicks as temperatures rise

[ad_1] Image copyright SPL Rising temperatures in the Arctic are encouraging Barnacle geese to speed up their migration journeys north every spring, says a new study.But their efforts to go faster are leaving them too drained to lay their eggs early when they arrive. This is bad news for the species as their chicks are hatched too late to take advantage of the best food, so fewer are surviving. The
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Whale killing: DNA shows Iceland whale was rare hybrid

[ad_1] Image copyright Hard to Port Image caption An image showing the fin that experts say is evidence that this is a blue whale Genetic material from a large whale killed off the coast of Iceland has confirmed the creature was a rare hybrid. Campaigners had been concerned that the slaughtered animal was a protected blue whale, the largest species on the planet. Now DNA has shown it to be
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Is UK barbecue charcoal fuelling global deforestation?

[ad_1] Image caption The UK is importing record amounts of charcoal A growing taste for al fresco dining is driving record charcoal sales in the UK but is it also fuelling global deforestation and climate change? Last year Britain imported nearly 90,000 tonnes of charcoal. It's much cheaper than sourcing it from within the UK but where is it coming from and at what cost to the environment? The BBC