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Device promises injections without needles

A computerised system for injecting medicine without using needles has won an innovation award at the South by SouthWest Interactive technology conference in Austin, Texas. Portal Instruments’ device, which the company hopes will be on the market in the next two years, won in the health category. The BBC’s North America technology reporter Dave Lee […]

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'Narcissistic' bird wins internet fans in Australia

Image copyright Nick Wiggins/ABC Image caption Wildlife expert Caitlin Raynor posted a note above the bush stone-curlew When wildlife expert Caitlin Raynor saw a bird mesmerised with its reflection, she feared people might be concerned. So she posted a note above it. “I’m a bush stone-curlew,” the message explained. “I’m fine. I just like to […]

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Black tide

Image copyright Philippe Le Tellier Fifty years ago, the supertanker SS Torrey Canyon hit rocks off the coast of Cornwall, spilling more than 100,000 tonnes of crude oil into the English Channel. Beaches were left knee-deep in sludge and thousands of sea birds were killed in what remains the UK’s worst environmental accident. It was […]

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Scientists play 'geological genealogy'

Image copyright Rick Carlson Image caption The rocks on the eastern shores of the Hudson Bay are among the oldest on Earth Scientists have tracked the “family history” of a rock back to some of the earliest times on Earth. Researchers analysed the concentration and distribution of particular types of atoms in the granite to […]

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Mount Etna: BBC crew caught up in volcano blast

Media captionMoment BBC crew caught in Etna eruption A BBC team and a number of tourists have suffered minor injuries after being caught up in an incident on the erupting volcano Mount Etna in Sicily. “Many injured – some head injuries, burns, cuts and bruises,” tweeted BBC science reporter Rebecca Morelle. Lava flow mixed with […]

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'Boaty McBoatface' loaded for Friday departure

Image copyright Povl Abrahamsen/BAS Image caption Sent out from Southampton, Boaty was loaded on to the RRS James Clark Ross on Wednesday “Boaty McBoatface” has just been loaded aboard the UK’s polar ship, the RRS James Clark Ross. The yellow submarine is currently in Punta Arenas, Chile, and is due to sail for the Southern […]

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Climate change: Biofuels 'could limit jet contrails'

Image copyright NASA Image caption The aim was to sample emissions under real-world conditions Some close-quarter flying has provided new insights into aircraft pollution. US space agency-led scientists flew small, instrumented, chase planes directly in the exhaust plume of a big jet to measure the sorts of gases and particles being thrown out. The data […]

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Germany to push for carbon price at G20

Image copyright SPL Image caption Solar power station near Koblenz, Germany Germany will use its G20 Presidency to nudge world leaders towards a global price on carbon, according to its director general of energy policy. Thorsten Herdan told BBC News that the world can’t stabilise CO2 emissions without making polluters pay. Mr Herdan, of the […]

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Hans Rosling, population expert: Five last thoughts

Image copyright AP Hans Rosling, the Swedish professor who made global health statistics compelling viewing, died from cancer in February. Co-founder of Gapminder.org, which continues his work, he was enthusiastically trying to change old-fashioned notions of the world even as his illness took hold. In his final BBC interview – for the BBC World Service […]

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Captivating science

Image copyright Mark R Smith This magnified image of a baby Hawaiian bobtail squid – which has a light organ on its backside that houses a colony of glowing bacteria – is one of the finalists in the 2017 Wellcome Image Awards. The squid – which measures only 1.5 cm across – provides food and […]