VIEWPOINTRichard GoldmanRichard Goldman, founder of the "green Nobel prize", says it is vital to recognise the efforts of grassroots activists. In this week's Green Room, he explains why he believes some of the world's most powerful people could learn a lesson or two from the winners of the Goldman Environmental Prize.'Green Nobel Prize' winners 2009As governments around the world strug Read More »
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VIEWPOINTMichael GrubbDespite a volatile beginning, carbon markets promise to be a key player in the fight against climate change , says Professor Michael Grubb. However, he warns that governments must not "snatch defeat from the jaws of victory" by failing to take the necessary steps to ensure their longevity."To create a market that collapses once is unfortunate. Twice is careles Read More »
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By Jason PalmerScience and technology reporter, BBC News, PragueThe Multimodal Brain Orchestra performed its world premiere on Thursday.Led by an "emotional conductor" and a traditional one, music and video change in time with the performers' brain waves and heart rate. According to the work's producer, the orchestra aims to "see what the brain can do without the body". The or Read More »
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The title of largest gamma-ray telescope has passed back to the Major Atmospheric Gamma-ray Imaging Cerenkov (Magic) scope on the island of Palma.It gets the accolade as the second Magic telescope collects its first light on 25 April. Gamma-ray radiation is ejected by the most distant, earliest galaxies and the most violent stellar processes. Magic measures gamma rays via the particle showers the Read More »
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Scientists from Glasgow University claim they have created a device which can detect malaria within minutes.Doctors have welcomed the development as more travellers go abroad without taking proper precautions against the disease. The flu-like symptoms can be missed until the patient is critically ill. Blood samples are placed in the microchip, which is designed to detect the strain of disease. Th Read More »
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By James ReynoldsBBC News, Shanxi, central ChinaFor the Li family, the best part of the day comes at noon. Every day, after school, Li San San picks up his children from school, jams them all onto the back of his motorbike and drives them through the hills back home. The kids cling onto each other and laugh as they try not to fall off. On the main roads nearby, lines of coal trucks head off to th Read More »
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Traditional fruit orchards are vanishing from England's landscape - with serious consequences for wildlife, conservationists have warned.The National Trust says 60% have disappeared since the 1950s, putting local varieties of apples, cherries, pears, plums and damsons under threat. It is launching a £536,000 drive to reverse the decline of the orchards. Their trees provide important habitat Read More »
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By Nick HollandBBC Business and economics reporter"If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man."There is some debate about who actually made this remark. It is often attributed to Albert Einstein, but few scientists now believe this doomsday scenario Read More »
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