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Black Death 'spread by humans not rats'

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The bite of rat-borne fleas infected with the bubonic plague has been blamed for disease transmission during the medieval pandemic Rats were not to blame for the spread of plague during the Black Death, according to a study. The rodents and their fleas were thought to have spread […]

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How flowering plants conquered the world

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Angiosperms produce flowers and fruits, which contain their seeds. Scientists think they have the answer to a puzzle that baffled even Charles Darwin: How flowers evolved and spread to become the dominant plants on Earth. Flowering plants, or angiosperms, make up about 90% of all living plant species, including […]

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWarmer seas are turning Great Barrier Reef turtles female, a study has found A section of highway connecting Sydney and Melbourne started to melt. Bats fell dead from the trees, struck down by the heat. On the northern Great Barrier Reef, 99% of baby green sea turtles, […]

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Dreaming big

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The UK needs to produce thousands more engineers Fewer than one in 10 engineers in the UK are female – the lowest percentage in Europe, according to the Women’s Engineering Society. Latvia, Bulgaria and Cyprus lead with nearly 30%. Here, two pioneering female engineers at Oxford University explain what […]

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Citizen science bags five-planet haul

Image copyright NASA Image caption Artwork: The findings could shed light on the process by which planets form and then migrate within their systems A discovery by citizen scientists has led to the confirmation of a system of five planets orbiting a far-off star. Furthermore, the planets’ orbits are linked in a mathematical relationship called […]

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UK satellite to make movies from space

Image copyright EARTH-i Image caption Artwork: Manufacturer SSTL calls it Carbonite-2, but Earth-i refers to the satellite as VividX2 A British satellite has gone into orbit on an Indian rocket to acquire full-colour, high-definition video of the surface of the Earth. The demonstrator is expected to pave the way for a series of at least […]